Merage School Undergraduate Program Ascends Among Top 50 in U.S. News & World Report Rankings

October 18, 2017 • By UCI Paul Merage School of Business

For the fourth year in a row, the UCI Paul Merage School of Business undergraduate program is ranked among the top 50 programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, this year coming in at No. 31 in the Best Business Programs rankings.  Among public schools, the Merage School undergraduate program ranked No. 20. 

“We are proud of the rigorous undergraduate program that we offer and happy to see that it is being recognized again in this ranking and in the community,” said VC Choudhary, associate dean of Undergraduate Programs at the Merage School. “Our applications this year reached an all-time high of over 11,000 for the approximately 400 seats in the program.  This level of demand from highly accomplished students speaks volumes about the reputation of our programs.” 

“We continue to deliver the highest quality undergraduate business education experience possible--an experience associated elite business schools around the globe,” said Eric Spangenberg, dean of The Paul Merage School of Business. “In all of our degree programs, as we implement curricular changes designed to train nascent business leaders to effectively embrace the continuing evolution and impact of digital technologies on business and industry, I fully expect our ascent in the rankings to continue.” 

“We are extremely proud that our program continues to climb in the US News rankings. Our rapid ascent can be attributed to the extraordinary demand for the program, the quality of the students that make the Merage School their first choice, and the vast ethnic diversity that exists within our faculty, staff and students,” said Denise Patrick, assistant dean of Undergraduate Programs. 

The full rankings report and methodology is available at