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And the Winner Is ...

And the Winner Is ...

The University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business took the top spot on Bloomberg BusinessWeek's 2010 ranking of the nation's best undergraduate business programs, a first for the school. Students boasting about the school's commitment to ethics, Catholic beliefs, and passionate professors helped land Mendoza in first place, ahead of University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce, 2009's reigning champ. During an economic crisis that has left many young people unemployed, Mendoza also managed a strong showing in career placement, with 95% of grads landing a job offer within three months of graduation. Meanwhile, University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, which held the top spot from 2006 to 2008, dropped to No. 4, as the MIT Sloan School of Management surged four spots, to No. 3, on its ability to place graduates in well-paying jobs despite the tough times.

Here, you'll get an insider's look into the top 50 undergraduate business programs and which schools are best at helping undergraduates overcome the challenges of launching their careers in a recession.

Note: In the slides that follow, information about annual costs, full-time enrollment, average class size, job placement, starting salaries, top industries, and top employers is self-reported by schools. Annual cost includes in-state tuition and required fees. Average class size is for required business courses. Except where noted, job placement represents the percentage of 2009 graduates with job offers (or in some cases who have accepted jobs) three months after graduation. Median starting salaries are for graduates who reported employment status to the school. Top industries and employers are a sampling of those employing the most graduates at each school. Information on the percentage of students with internships and time spent on class work is based on a Bloomberg BusinessWeek survey of undergraduate business students at each school. Student comments are from the same survey and are edited for clarity and brevity.