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U.S. News & World Report Ranks Business School Among Top 10 Most Popular

Classroom in the new Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building at the David Eccles School of Business.

April 26, 2012 – The University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business has joined the U.S. News & World Report list of the top 10 most-popular business schools in the nation.

Joining the coveted rankings for the first time, the school is 10th and joined such renowned schools as top-ranked Harvard, No. 2 Pepperdine and No. 3 Stanford. In all, 132 business schools countrywide were reviewed for the “U.S. News & World Report” short list based on each school’s “yield rate,” or the percentage of full-time applicants accepted who end up enrolling at specific institutions.

“This ranking is a valuable endorsement by our students and proof that they are energized by the Eccles MBA program,” said Linda Wells, director of the David Eccles School of Business MBA program. “Students already know the excellent reputation of our faculty and alumni, and more recently they are responding to all the opportunities to transform their careers that the program offers, such as exploring their interests through out-of-state study trips, working high-caliber internships throughout the country, and taking advantage of expanded entrepreneurial opportunities available to our students.”

David Eccles MBA students receive top-quality classroom instruction from world-renowned faculty. They gain practical experience and mentoring through participation in experiential learning opportunities, such as: the U’s top-ranked technology commercialization program, the nation’s largest student-run venture fund, international internships, study trips to business hotbeds, and a variety of business plan and case competitions.

MBA candidate Robert Collard says those all were big factors in his choice to enroll at the David Eccles School of Business. Further, the smaller size of the program compared to those offered by larger schools “provides students individual attention and unique opportunities to participate in a broad range of out-of-the-classroom activities,” he says.

“These experiences help build your network and allow you to discover where you want to take your career,” Collard adds.

Another MBA student, Jeff Ehlers, chose the David Eccles School because he sees it as a program on the innovative edge of business education.

“The MBA program at the University of Utah is rising.  I was attracted to the school by the vision of the dean and the program director.  They aren’t just resting on their laurels but building something incredible here,” Ehlers says.

“The ranking is a testament to our outstanding faculty and staff, as well as the school’s exceptional students,” says Dean Taylor Randall. “It is exciting to see the country take notice of Utah’s flagship business school and our bright students who come to the school to tap into world-class education and innovation.”

To learn more about the David Eccles School of Business, visit  To further explore U.S. News & World Report’s’ short lists covering top business schools, visit

About the David Eccles School of Business

Founded in 1917 in Salt Lake City, the David Eccles School of Business has programs in entrepreneurship, technology innovation and venture capital management. Emphasizing interdisciplinary education and experiential learning, it launched the country’s largest student-run venture capital fund with $18.3 million, and is home to the Pierre Lassonde Entrepreneur Center and the Sorenson Center for Discovery and Innovation. Approximately 3,500 students are enrolled in its undergraduate, graduate and executive degree programs as well as joint MBA programs in architecture, law and health administration. For more information, visit