The traditional college rankings do a decent job of ranking the best universities, but they leave some key factors out when determining the rankings. But, when it comes to the mindset of international applicants, one of the biggest deciding factors becomes the ROI.

Despite this, MBA programs at US business schools can come with hefty fees. Depending on the program enrolled, it could take students anywhere between one to two years to complete a full-time program. Tuition fees alone can set students back some $50,000 US dollars to US$100,000 and up, excluding room and board!

It’s a big financial and emotional investment, which makes it essential that aspiring b-school students do their research before committing to a program. According to Poets & Quants, some of the most overlooked or underestimated business schools across the US are doing better than higher ranked schools when it comes to employability.

Despite the economic unrest in the midst of a pandemic, 100% of Texas State University, McCoy College of Business’s MBA graduates landed a job within three months of graduating. Harvard Business School’s score was 82.5% in comparison. The same comparison was made for the Iowa State University Ivy College of Business vs the Stanford Graduate School of Business — 85.3% of Stanford’s class of 2020 secured jobs, while Iowa State MBAs achieved an 11.3 percentage gap over the M7 business school.

It’s not just Texas State University and Iowa State University giving the likes of Harvard and Stanford a run for their money. The following business schools had the best employment rates in 2020 and are being considered as hidden gems!

1. Babson College

Babson College, located in Wellesley, Massachusetts, is an independent, not-for-profit institution that prides itself on cultivating entrepreneurship. It is a smaller college, with 2,100 total undergraduates and 900 graduates in attendance from over 80 countries.

Babson College is ranked in the Top 10 for ROI and Career Outcomes, and it was not ranked in the U.S. News report. The schools offer access to the attractive Boston job market, excellent merit scholarships, and a focus on entrepreneurship. If you’re looking to pursue MBA and land a great job as soon as possible, Babson College may be perfect for you.

2. University of Texas

The University of Texas has its main campus in Austin, Texas, but there are satellite campuses all over Texas. Their Business school, McComb’s School of Business, offers both undergraduate business and MBA programs. The University of Texas also offers a comprehensive Economics path. Through the McComb’s School of Business, you will be able to explore and choose a specific business function to specialize in. This option is not available in many undergraduate business programs.

UT is ranked in the Top 15 for ROI and Career Outcomes, and it ranked 49 in the U.S. News and World Report rankings.

3. Brigham Young University

Brigham Young University, a large university located in Provo, Utah, is a Mormon-affiliated school that emphasizes a religious lifestyle. BYU has a large business school with the ability to specialize in various disciplines such as Strategic Management, Accountancy, and Marketing. The undergraduate Economics major at BYU is part of the Family, Home, and Social Science College. This major is helpful because they have created courses that will help you with specific post-graduate career tracks, such as Law, MBA, and other fields.

BYU is ranked in the top 30 in ROI and Career Outcomes and was ranked 66th in the U.S. News and World Report rankings. If you attend BYU, you’ll have great access to the Salt Lake City and “Silicon Alley” job market.

4. University of Utah

The University of Utah is located in exciting Salt Lake City, Utah. It is one of the best in the nation at creating startup companies based on student and faculty research. It also boasts an attractive campus and great athletics opportunities as well.
The University of Utah’s school of business is called the David Eccles School of Business. If you decide to pursue undergraduate business studies through Eccles, you will be able to explore and choose which specific business function you would like to specialize in. This option is not available in many undergraduate business schools. The University of Utah is ranked in the Top 65 for ROI and Career Outcomes, and it is ranked 119th in the U.S. News and World Report rankings. The University of Utah also provides strategic access to the Salt Lake City and “Silicon Alley” job markets.

5. University of Idaho

The University of Idaho is located in Boise, Idaho. One of the nation’s land-grant research universities, it focuses on student-centered learning and interdisciplinary research. Students who attend this university’s main campus have access to the exciting Boise job market.

The University of Idaho is ranked in the Top 100 for ROI and career outcomes, and it was ranked 165 in the U.S. News and World Report rankings.

6. Hofstra University

Hofstra University is located very close to New York City in Hempstead, Long Island. It is a private, educational university with almost 7,000 undergraduate students. More than 50% of Hofstra’s incoming students receive merit scholarships, and all students have access to a thriving New York City job market. This is a potential goldmine for international candidates!

Bloomberg BusinessWeek and Forbes ranked their MBA program as one of the best in the nation. The business school has a heavy focus on experiential learning opportunities where students get to have a global internship experience while earning two bachelor’s degrees in Business and Economics from two different universities. Hofstra University was ranked in the Top 70 for ROI and Career Outcomes. It was ranked 140th in the U.S. News and World Report.

7. Fordham University

Fordham University is the Jesuit University of New York, accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Their business school is called the Gabelli School of Business and it has some of the most unique undergraduate programs, like Business Economics and Social Innovation, alongside the traditional MBA program. They also allow students to add a second concentration on top of their major, giving students a truly well-rounded learning experience.

Fordham University was ranked in the Top 35 for ROI and Career Outcomes and was ranked 70th in the U.S. News and World Report rankings. Students who attend Fordham University have direct access to the sprawling New York City job market. This is a private university, so it might be a little bit more expensive; however, it could definitely be worth it!

8. Bryant University

Bryant University is located in Smithfield, Rhode Island, with access to the Boston job market. Bloomberg Businessweek ranked it in the Top 50 Business programs. College Factual 2019 ranked Bryant University’s various Business and Economics programs consistently in its Top 15 rankings.

Bryant University offers many unique specializations in their MBA program, such as Marketing Analytics and Management. It ranked in the Top 150 for ROI and Career Outcomes, and also ranked outside the Top 300 in the U.S. News and World Report rankings.

9. Drexel University

Drexel University has several campus locations and is one of America’s 15 largest public universities. Drexel’s main campus has access to the Philadelphia and New York City job markets, but the job market access varies depending on which location you are in.
Drexel University ranks among the Top 75 in terms of ROI and Career Outcomes and ranks 102 on the U.S. News and World Report rankings.

10. The College of New Jersey (TCNJ)

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), located in scenic Ewing Township, New Jersey, has one of the highest graduation rates of all colleges and universities. It is also located next to Philadelphia and New York City, which are both thriving job markets. If you want access to those job markets directly, you can go to one of their other campus locations: Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C.

TCNJ is ranked in the Top 150 in ROI and career outcomes and is ranked outside the Top 300 in the U.S. News and World Report rankings. Finally, there is no minimum transcript requirement for admission into TCNJ.

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