Author: David Dodson
Contact: George Benson


ATHENS, Ga. — The University of Georgia's Terry College of Business moved up in a new ranking of the top business schools by The Wall Street Journal.

The Terry College's full-time MBA program was ranked 30th this year, up from 38th in 2004, in the regional schools category. Among all U.S. public business schools, the Terry College was ranked 18th.

"This ranking, along with several other recent graduate program rankings that place us among the top 20 public business schools, is further affirmation of the changes that we've introduced in the past two years to our MBA program and career services area," said Dean P. George Benson of the Terry College. "These changes reflect our sensitivity to the needs of both our students and the business community."

The Wall Street Journal/Harris Interactive report is the only business school ranking that is based solely on the opinions and survey responses of corporate recruiters. This is the fifth year of the Journal's rankings, which produces three different lists of top business schools: National, Regional and International.

The Journal survey identified and ranked 19 national programs at schools that tend to have large MBA enrollments and consistently attract recruiters from big multinational companies. The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College topped the national ranking. The 47 ranked regional MBA programs tend to be smaller in size and attract a larger number of recruiters from their local regions. Business schools that attract a global pool of corporate recruiters populated the ranking of the best international schools, which included seven U.S. schools and 13 from other countries.

The Journal rankings attempt to measure how appealing schools are to MBA recruiters. The survey was based on the responses of 3,267 recruiters who hire full-time business school graduates. The recruiters were asked to rate schools with which they had recent recruiting experience on 20 attributes. To qualify for a ranking, a school had to have a minimum of 20 recruiter ratings submitted.

Now in its fifth year, the Journal ranking has steadily gained credibility among business school administrators after shifting its methodology a couple years ago. According to the Journal, a survey of prospective MBA students by the Graduate Management Admission Council rated the Journal's rankings as the "most credible" of all media rankings.