April 20, 2016

Contact: Robyn Kontra

Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business Ranked Among Bloomberg Businessweek’s Top Undergraduate Programs

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly's Orfalea College of Business has again been named to Bloomberg Businessweek’s list of the nation’s top undergraduate business colleges, moving up 11 spots this year to No. 59.

This marks the seventh year the Orfalea College of Business has been ranked in the list of 114 colleges and universities. Cal Poly is one of only four universities in California to make the list alongside UC Berkeley (No. 36), Santa Clara University (No. 51) and University of San Diego (No. 53).

“We are thrilled to see our emphasis on student success and career readiness reflected by positive momentum in the Bloomberg Businessweek’s rankings,” said Scott Dawson, dean of the Orfalea College of Business.

Bloomberg Businessweek based its rankings on surveys of employers and students combined with graduates’ starting salaries and student internship data. The Orfalea College of Business ranked No. 25 in the nation for graduate salaries and No. 43 in the nation based on the student survey. The ranking also found that Cal Poly’s business students tend to have more industry-focused internships and less student debt than survey averages.

In 2014, the most recent year that undergraduate rankings were conducted, the publication also ranked the Cal Poly business degree at No. 5 in the nation for return on investment.

For more information about the 2016 Bloomberg Businessweek rankings, visit

About Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business:
Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business prepares career-ready, global business leaders through the university’s Learn by Doing philosophy. The undergraduate program offers a polytechnic education in a broad range of disciplines throughout business administration, economics, and industrial technology and packaging. Orfalea also offers master’s degrees in business analytics, accounting and economics. It is one of six academic colleges at Cal Poly, a nationally ranked, four-year comprehensive public university located in San Luis Obispo, Calif. For more information, visit

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