Foster jumps two spots to #17 in U.S. News ranking of best undergraduate business schools

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The Undergraduate Program at the University of Washington Foster School of Business ranks #17 (tie) of 523 schools nationwide in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Undergraduate Business Programs 2024 Rankings, an improvement of two spots from last year. Foster ranked #9 among public schools, and #1 in the Northwest. This is the school’s best showing in the nation’s most widely-read rankings in over 20 years.

“We are very pleased to see the continued excellence of the Foster Undergraduate Program recognized in this year’s U.S. News rankings,” says Vikki Day, assistant dean of undergraduate programs. “Our students are learning from world-class faculty and landing key roles across a broad range of industries. Foster graduates are recruited by top companies and enter the workforce with the skills to fulfill the school’s mission of bettering humanity through business.”

Six Foster academic programs were also recognized for national prominence, including Accounting (#21), Analytics (#34), Finance (#31), International Business (#22), Management (#27), and Marketing (#24) based on factors such as graduation rates and retention, student selectivity, academic reputation, faculty, and financial resources.

U.S. News ranked the University of Washington #22 in Best Colleges for Veterans, recognizing the school’s efforts to make college education more accessible and affordable for veterans and active-duty service members.

Undergraduate Program Rankings

Source Northwest Nationwide Public Universities

U.S. News & World Report, 2023

1 17


Specialty Rankings

Accounting 1 21






Finance 2 31


International Business












Source: U.S. News & World Report


Foster among business schools for employment results

Employment results for Foster students are one of the school’s biggest competitive advantages. With its location in the technology epicenter of Seattle, students from the Foster School were hired by a diverse range of employers including Accenture, Amazon, Deloitte, EY, KPMG, Microsoft, PwC, Starbucks, and T-Mobile, among others. The most recent average starting salary for graduating seniors was $73,000.

With formal majors in Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resources Management, Information Systems, Marketing, and Operations and Supply Chain Management, Foster’s highly-esteemed faculty thoroughly prepare students for today’s business world. Foster students also learn from current industry professionals, as over 93% of Foster students reported completing internships before their senior year.

A welcoming and inclusive community

Foster students also cite the camaraderie and sense of the community as an essential component of their Foster experience. Students collaborate with one another in 28 undergraduate student clubs and organizations that provide experience in networking and enhance business skills. A dedicated Undergraduate Diversity Services office serves as a holistic resource for students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the greater business community. These groups of students include those of minority, economically disadvantaged and first generation backgrounds.

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