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Behind the BusinessWeek Rankings

We found our top undergrad business programs using a variety of measures, including student surveys and post-grad salary comparisons

To identify the top undergraduate business programs, BusinessWeek uses a methodology that includes nine measures of student satisfaction, post-graduation outcomes, and academic quality.

This year, we started with 127 programs that were eligible for ranking, including virtually all of the 123 schools we ranked in 2007 plus eight new schools that met our eligibility requirements. In November, with the help of Cambria Consulting in Boston, we asked more than 80,000 graduating seniors at those 127 schools to complete a 50-question survey on everything from the quality of teaching to recreational facilities. Overall, 22,905 students responded to the survey, a response rate of 28%.