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Kogod School of Business Recognized for Entrepreneurship and Teaching

The Kogod School of Business rose 23 spots into the top 50 business schools.

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The Kogod School of Business

American University’s Kogod School of Business ranks 47th in Bloomberg Businessweek’s Best Business School national rankings.

The ranking recognizes the top business schools across the United States and is based on a survey of graduating students, recent alumni, and companies who recruit MBAs. This placement reflects Kogod’s unique experiential education, student and faculty engagement, and focus on entrepreneurship and successful career outcomes.

“This distinction from alumni, students and employers recognizes the hard work and investments made by the university to provide robust business programs and opportunities for our students,” said Kogod School of Business Dean David Marchick. “The improvement in Kogod’s rankings reflects the incredible work of faculty and staff not only in our core disciplines but also in key areas of innovation, such as sustainability management, analytics and cybersecurity.”

Kogod also ranked 12th in teaching. The school’s strategically designed cohort aids in keeping class size small and providing students with a boutique-style experience where professors can engage directly with each student. Whether it is a professor investing their own funds for a venture capital investing course, assigning projects that allow students to interact with leaders at major global companies, or unique personal touches such as baking cookies for students on exam days, Kogod’s faculty is dedicated to creating unique experiences and opportunities for their students.

“The recognition from our students and alumni is both heartening and a charge to continue Kogod’s groundbreaking scholarship and teaching,” said Provost Peter Starr. “American University’s experiential learning opportunities—central to Kogod’s world-class academic programs and supported by our dedicated faculty—prepare students to be the next generation of changemakers.”

As the first business school in Washington, D.C. to teach entrepreneurship, Kogod ranked 30th in Entrepreneurship, which is central to Kogod’s priorities. Centers like the nationally ranked AU Center for Innovation act as an incubator for profit and nonprofit/social entrepreneurial ventures led by students and alumni. Kogod also ranked 55th in compensation and 46th in networking.

“The significant increase in the ranking exemplifies the dedication of Kogod’s faculty and staff to the success of the students,” said Ayman Omar, associate dean of graduate studies at the Kogod School of Business. “The rigorous STEM-focused programs and impactful experiential learning opportunities are key to Kogod’s progress and continued success.”

Bloomberg Businessweek’s ranking methodology includes surveying major stakeholders—students, alumni, and recruiters—and ranking schools based on five fundamental indexes that capture key elements of business school education: compensation, diversity, learning, networking, and entrepreneurship.