Luter School of Business climbs to 44th in the nation in Poets and Quants ranking
~Matthew Scherger, BreakingCNU Editor~
Christopher Newport’s Luter School of Business makes its first top 50 appearance in the annual Poets and Quants Best Undergraduate Business Programs, ranking 44th in the nation. They improve from a ranking of 53 in 2017.
How did the Luter School achieve such a significant jump in the rankings?
“A lot of it came through alumnae response,” according to Adam Duncan, the Director of Outreach for the Luter School of Business and a CNU alumnus himself.
CNU saw their biggest improvements in the in the academic experience category, rising from 53 to 27.
This category ranking is based off a survey given to alumnae to rate how satisfied they were with their undergraduate experience and how well it prepared them for the professional world.
This year the survey was directed at class of 2016 alumnae. The two-year gap is to allow graduates to adapt to the professional world and determine how well their undergraduate experience prepared them.
“When we see our alumnae remembering their experience here, crediting their experience here, and staying in touch with the school, more of that in the future will snowball and be very good for our current students and our future students,” Duncan said.
Duncan says the school does its best to stay in contact with students post-graduation, and that effort pays off at times like these.
“We want to hear from them and see where they’ll go,” Duncan said.
The rankings are a big deal for students as well.
“A lot of students are really proud to be a part of the Luter school of Business, and it just confirms that our hard work is paying off,” Carter Garrison, a junior Finance major, said.
Duncan, who graduated from the Luter school almost ten years ago, shares the sentiment.
“We’re excited about the rankings, and see it as validation as something we already knew about ourselves. The Luter School is, in my opinion, a top 3 undergraduate business experience. It’s nice to see an outside [source] recognize that.”
He cautions against expectations for another big jump up the Poets and Quants rankings, remarking that big changes in rankings are rare.
The difference in rankings between the top schools is often very small, and all the schools at this level are considered great business programs to attend.
Duncan is not concerned with moving up the rankings, however.
“There are hundreds and hundreds of schools on this list, and we’re considering ourselves a top three in one state. So if we’re in the top 50, if you do the math, it’s right where we want to be,” Duncan said.
The Luter School of Business adds this ranking to their already impressive list of accomplishments.
The school also is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, which is an accreditation that only five percent of business schools in the world have.