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Undergraduate Programs Receive Top Recognitions Nationally  

September 15, 2016

by Kristen Peres

RIT's Saunders College of Business undergraduate business programs are ranked #77 in the U.S. News & World Report's 2017 Best College rankings. Management Information Systems - the school’s largest and fastest growing business program - is for the second year in a row ranked #10 nationally by USA Today/College Factual.

Saunders College Undergraduate Programs are on the Rise

RIT's Saunders College of Business undergraduate business programs are ranked #77 in the U.S. News & World Report's 2017 Best College rankings. Management Information Systems - the school’s largest and fastest growing business program - is for the second year in a row ranked #10 nationally by USA Today/College Factual.

In 2016, College Factual was chosen to be the data provider for the USA Today College Guide. The company provides proprietary college content & insights, college rankings and an array of college-comparison and decision-making tools to help students find their best-fit college.

Leaping forward 16 spots from the previous year to #77, Saunders College undergraduate programs excel at the intersection of business and technology with a focus on an applied curriculum. This approach, evolving based on trends noted by our top faculty and corporate partners, allows Saunders students to unlock their potential for careers in today's dynamic business world.

"We are pleased that our undergraduate program is receiving greater recognition," said Dr. Jacqueline R. Mozrall, dean of Saunders College. "Our focus on business and technology begins in our first-year Biz 1+2 program and is woven throughout each major, providing students with the experiences and knowledge necessary to be successful in their careers upon graduation."

Additionally, U.S. News recognizes RIT as a top tier national university for the first time as a result of the university’s reclassification as a “doctoral university” this year. RIT ranks #107 overall.

Jacqueline R. Mozrall
Dean, Saunders College of Business

Management Information Systems (MIS), one of eight undergraduate programs at Saunders College, is ranked #10 nationally for the second year in a row. The MIS program is the most popular business major at RIT and has been noted for excellence in career-relevant instruction, contemporary resources and access to world-class employers.

Victor Perotti, department chair and professor of MIS, marketing and digital business, said it is an honor to be listed among the nation's top MIS programs.

"Our students' success in achieving great career outcomes has always been the primary focus," said Perotti. "To achieve this result, a talented and motivated community of MIS faculty, staff, alumni, current students, advisers and employers have demonstrated the power of collaboration. Saunders College of Business represents a unique environment at the intersection of business and technology where great programs like MIS can flourish."

The U.S. News & World Report's undergraduate business program rankings are based on a survey of business school deans and senior faculty. To appear on these surveys, undergraduate business programs must be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Deans and faculty were surveyed in spring 2016.

College Factual's Ranking by Major evaluates graduates' earnings, accreditation, the major focus and overall college quality. The rankings are based on objective data that includes metrics that are outcomes-based. College Factual is a content partner with USA TODAY College. Their college rankings are outcomes-focused, objective and customizable.

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Saunders College of Business is one of nine colleges at Rochester Institute of Technology and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB). Recognized and ranked, Saunders is home to more than 1,000 enrolled students with over 18,000 alumni worldwide. Partnerships with RIT’s Venture Creations incubator and top ranked Albert J. Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship help Saunders College deliver a business education that is integrated with RIT’s world-leading technical and creative programs. Saunders College offers undergraduate (BS), Masters (MS), Masters of Business Administration (MBA), and Executive MBA (EMBA) programs where students gain real-world business experiences in the classroom and through cooperative education programs.

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