Tobin Business School Scores National Ranking

Dean Sharpe says the achievement reflects quality students.


Dean Sharpe says the achievement reflects quality students.

Jillian Ortiz, Assistant News Editor

The Peter J. Tobin College of Business at St. John’s was recently ranked as one of the best undergraduate business programs of 2017 by industry publication Poets&Quants. This places Tobin alongside schools such as Providence College and the Bennett S. LeBow College of Business at Drexel University.

“We believe it reflects the high quality of our students, their career placement, and the dedication of our faculty and staff to ensure student success,” Dean Norean R. Sharpe, Ph.D. said on Tobin’s ranking.

The rankings, which were released in early December, designated each school’s appropriate ranking based on three equally weighted fundamentals: admission standards, career outcomes and alumni satisfaction with the quality of academics.

Poets&Quants is one of the leading news resources for both undergraduate and graduate business programs and education, with conducted rankings comparable to publications such as U.S. News, Forbes and the Economist. This is Poets&Quants’ second annual ranking. To some current Tobin undergraduate students, the rankings seem promising.

“I knew St. John’s was a good business school, but I never knew it was up there with schools like UPenn,” Stephen Lew, a sophomore accounting major, said. “Now that we’re a step above, it’s pretty special.”

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania currently resides at the number one spot, with an index score of 100.00. A total of 82 schools were ranked this year, which “represent the top 16% of accredited undergraduate business schools in the U.S.,” according to the Poets&Quants website.

“I was very proud to learn that the school I attend is one of the highest ranked business schools in the country,” Robert Skorupski, a freshman business major, said.

The rankings also measured the employment outcomes for each school. Almost 90 percent of Tobin alumni are employed in full-time positions.

“In terms of the future, I feel a lot more secure in finding a job,” Skorupski said.

Going forward, Tobin hopes to climb higher in the rankings.

“Dean Sharpe believes that with continued focus on faculty scholarship, strong teaching, alumni development and strong student recruitment and retention that Tobin can continue to achieve both regional and national success,” Sydney Steinhardt, director of marketing and communications for the Tobin College of Business, said.