Top 10 Finance Universities

by John C. Erianne, studioD

The top finance schools shape the business leaders of tomorrow. Schools such as Wharton and Harvard offer students a more traditional education and the prestige of a rich history, whereas schools such as Columbia and Berkeley offer a more flexible, forward-thinking approach to global finance.

University of Pennsylvania

The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania was established in 1881 by noted industrialist, Joseph Wharton, and has the distinction of being the first college-level business school in the world. Today, Wharton has more than 5,000 students enrolled in its business programs and 85,000 alumni spanning six continents around the globe. Its finance program ranks number one among all business schools according to "U.S. News & World Report." Wharton School 420 Jon M. Huntsman Hall 3730 Walnut St. Philadelphia, PA 19104 215-898-6183

University of Chicago

The University of Chicago's Booth School of Business was established in 1898. It is the second oldest business school in the United States. For the past 112 years, Booth has produced many of the world's top business leaders and is noted for its rigorous curriculum and world-class faculty, including six Nobel Prize winners. The school produces a number of business-related publications, including "Chicago Booth Magazine" and "Chicago Business." Booth has more than 43,000 alumni worldwide. Booth School of Business 5807 S. Woodlawn Ave. Chicago, IL 60637 773-702-7369

New York University

Founded in 1900, Stern has produced intelligent, forward-thinking graduates for more than 100 years. The school is noted for its well-balanced curriculum and research resources. Stern ranks at number three for finance programs according to "U.S. News & World Report" and also ranks at number three out of 1,000 schools for research productivity, according to the Social Science Research Network. The school has more than 5,000 students enrolled in its undergraduate and graduate business programs and has 85,000 alumni. Stern School of Business 44 W. Fourth St. New York, NY 10012-1126 212-998-0600

Columbia University

Columbia Business School was established in 1916 and as of 2010, ranks as one of the top business schools in the country. Columbia's finance program combines theory with real experience in a city that is one of the great financial centers in the world. Columbia consistently adapts is curriculum to address dynamic shifts in global financial affairs. The school employees 150 faculty members, including a 2001 Nobel Laureate, and has 38,000 alumni living around the world. Columbia University Business School 3022 Broadway 216 Uris Hall New York, NY 10027 212-854-1961

Stanford University

Standford University's School of Business was founded in 1925 and currently employs 105 full-time faculty members, including three Nobel Laureates and two recipients of the John Bates Clark Medal in Economics. The school consistently ranks in the top five finance schools according to "U.S. News & World Report." Graduate School of Business 518 Memorial Way Stanford, CA 94305-5015 650-723-2766

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

MIT's Sloan School of Management, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was first established in 1914. Since that time, the school has graduated a number of distinguished alumni, including former U.N. Secretary, Kofi Annan and former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, Carly Fiorina. "U.S. News & World Report" ranks Sloan as a top-10 finance school because of the success of its intensive, 1-year finance program of study. Sloan School of Management 50 Memorial Drive Cambridge, MA 02142 617-258-5434

Harvard University

Harvard Business School was founded in 1908. Long noted as one of the most prestigious business schools in the world, Harvard is a pioneer in research. Key contributions to business education is the case study method, which emphasizes rigorous study and analysis of real business and financial transactions in an academic setting, the Harvard Business Publications, the academic publishing arm of the business school, and the magazine, "Harvard Business Review." Harvard University Business School Soldiers Field Boston, MA 02163 617-495-6128

Northwestern University

The Kellogg School of Management was founded in 1908. For more than 100 years, the school has provided balanced, progressive learning experience. Kellogg's experienced faculty is noted for providing a nurturing learning environment and serving as true academic mentors. The school's curriculum combines research and classroom study with experiences outside the classroom, through partnerships with business leaders and special study projects in the outlying community. Kellogg School of Management 2001 Sheridan Road Evanston, IL 60208-2001 847-491-3308

University of California--Berkeley

The Haas School of Business was established in 1898 as the College of Commerce with just three students. Today, the school boasts more than 1,400 students and more than 36,000 alumni worldwide. Of the 129 distinguished faculty members, two are Nobel Laureates and 10 have been award the UC Berkeley Distinguished Teacher Award. The Masters of Financial Engineering program is an intensive 1-year course of study that features a 10- to 12-week internship and applied finance project with a major financial firm. Haas School of Business 545 Student Services Building Berkeley, CA 94720-1900 510-642-1405

University of California--Los Angeles (UCLA)

The Anderson School of Management at UCLA is known for its selective admissions policy and the quality of its faculty. Graduates join a network of over 36,000 alumni scattered across the globe. The finance program is taught in conjunction with the Haas School of Business at Berkeley and UC Irvine. Anderson School of Management 110 Westwood Plaza, Box 951481 Los Angeles, CA 90095-1481 310-825-6944


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  • "The Best 301 Business Schools, 2010 Edition "; Princeton Review; 2009

About the Author

John C. Erianne is the publisher and editor of "Devil Blossoms," "The 13th Warrior Review" and "Gnome." His writing has appeared in numerous publications over the last 25 years, including "The Adirondack Review," "Blue Collar Review," "Yellow Mama" and "Gutter Eloquence." He graduated from Rowan University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in creative writing.

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