Recent graduate students have ranked the Neeley School of Business No. 5 for Best Undergraduate Business School in Bloomberg BusinessWeek rankings.
“We’ve always done well in student satisfaction, which I think is one of the most important things we can be ranked at, so we are very proud of that,” George Low, associate dean for undergraduate and international programs, said.
The Neeley School of Business has been ranked in the top six for four years in a row. This year, the university ranked behind the University of Notre Dame, University of Virginia, Cornell University and the University of Richmond.
“We believe strongly in continued improvement," Low said. "It's part of our culture. It's part of our dean's strategy."
Low said the school has made changes over the years to continue improving.
“We have made changes. We bring in more courses. We change the courses. We improve them, and I think that’s why we continue to do well,” Low said. ”We try to do better in all aspects.”
Junior entrepreneurial management major Steven Bell did not take an official tour before attending TCU, but after walking around campus and looking at the facilities, he said he was impressed with the school.
“I liked how the facilities didn’t feel like just hallways and classrooms,” Bell said. “They have areas where people can come together, and the atmosphere is conducive for energy and interaction.”
Now that Bell attends TCU, he said he is enjoying many factors about the Neeley School of Business.
“I think the most important thing is the fact that my professors know my name, and they are actually invested into our success,” Bell said.
Low said student complaints are taken very seriously, and the school works with professors and faculty members to help improve the situation in any way they can.
“We try to make sure that our faculty is the very best that we can hire, so if we have some that are not performing in class, we do everything possible to make sure we can help them," said Low.
Low said the school made the decision to hire professional advisers to help students make the right choices when choosing classes and to avoid having faculty advise.
“The nitty gritty of advising, that takes a professional who has experience and knows all the TCU core and all the details,” Low said.
Senior coordinated dietetics major Nina Maloney said she thinks that the other schools should adopt the idea of hiring faculty for advising.
“It’s good because teachers are able to focus more on the classroom instead of advising,” said Maloney.
Neeley also provides programs for students to engage outside the classroom such as the Neeley Student Success Services and Career Services that help students in every aspect necessary, Low said.
“The students here at Neeley are top-notch. It’s competitive, it's friendly and the professors care,” Bell said. “I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.”