University of Tennessee

Haslam College of Business Undergraduate Program Ranked 13th by Poets&Quants

December 5, 2016

The undergraduate business program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is 13th in the nation among public universities, according to rankings released today by Poets&Quants.

The Haslam College of Business ranked 32nd among all institutions and 10th in quality of educational experience. This category depended on a survey of alumni regarding the value of their degree, quality and accessibly of faculty, and opportunities to gain real-world experience.

Steve Mangum, dean and Stokely Foundation Leadership Chair, said that the college’s strong showing in educational experience and high rank overall reflect its ability to prepare students for the business world.

“Our alumni’s experiences after graduation are the truest yardstick of our success as an educational institution,” Mangum said. “To be so highly ranked among business schools is an honor, and to be in the country’s top 10 based on alumni satisfaction demonstrates the efficacy of the education we provide.”

This was Poets&Quants first ranking of the undergraduate business programs in the United States. The publication assessed schools based on admissions standards and employment statistics in addition to educational experience.

The publication gathered multiple data points in each category and compiled this information into in-depth profiles for each school. Lane Morris, associate dean of undergraduate programs and student affairs at Haslam, said that this information added meaning to the value of undergraduate business education.

“The Poets&Quants data-gathering approach penetrates the superficial and peels back the layers of a business school’s curricular and co-curricular programs,” Morris said. “In our case, the college’s survey results revealed that the academic experience and student engagement opportunities we provide to our students is significant and making a meaningful impact.”

A release from Poets&Quants regarding the ranking noted a nationwide dearth of information available to prospective students specifically regarding business schools.

“Most of the information available is at the university level,” John A. Bryne, editor-in-chief of Poets&Quants, wrote in the release. “Some very good universities have so-so business programs. Some lesser known universities have business schools that far excel. We are making that apparent with this ranking.”

The rankings and school profiles are available in their entirety at   


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