Washington Univerisity’s Top-Ranked BS in Business Administration

Earn your degree at a business school with distinct advantages.

Olin’s BSBA program delivers on its promises. Ask undergraduates and alumni, and they’ll tell you the business school is what it says it is: a welcoming community where students really matter.

why olin video The BSBA curriculum focuses on critical thinking and problem-solving through the various business administration disciplines. But it also provides remarkable opportunities to engage with professors, dig deep into specialty areas, customize course work with electives, immerse yourself in global programs, and collaborate with organizations of all types and sizes. Together, these qualities create a challenging, supportive undergraduate experience – and an incredible launching pad for your future career.

Collaboration over competition

At Olin, your classmates have your back. Your fellow BSBAs – smart, focused students from 30-plus U.S. states and Puerto Rico, and seven-plus countries – value teamwork and collaboration in addition to personal achievement.

How does Olin’s size affect your undergraduate experience?

  • Faculty, staff, and students know one another by name. Your academic advisor, professors, and career advisor know your individual strengths, interests, and passions.
  • Faculty members respect your opinions and perspectives. And they genuinely care about your success in the program. Students routinely approach professors before, during, and after class for questions or advice.
  • Olin’s size also enables faculty and staff to be more responsive to your ideas. Students provide feedback on a host of campus-related issues and activities, and make recommendations for new initiatives.

Get down to business on day one

You’re admitted into the BSBA program right away, which differentiates Olin from many other top-ranked business schools. You’ll discuss course options with your academic advisor before you arrive on campus – and throughout your time at Olin. During the first semester of your freshman year, you take a business administration foundations course co-taught by Olin senior faculty and academic advisors. Choose from eight majors in your sophomore year. Going forward, internships, study-abroad, and experiential-learning courses encourage you to use your knowledge and tools to solve real-world management problems – and sharpen your analytical and decision-making skills.

Learn more about freshman entry

A tradition of excellence

Odds are, you researched Washington University online before you came to Olin’s website. So you probably already are aware of the university's longstanding reputation and tradition of excellence.

Now imagine what the collective quality of the university’s more than 90 programs and 1,500 courses means for your undergraduate education. You have expansive opportunities at one of the best business schools in the country:

  • Explore fascinating subject matter taught by some of the world’s best professors.
  • Take courses from the university’s seven schools.
  • Work on interdisciplinary projects that address important local or global issues, commercialize innovative products or services, or improve the university.
  • Add a second major or minors that expand your career options.
  • Surround yourself with exceptionally bright, diverse, and determined young people who become your friends, support system, and future professional network.

Hundreds of ways to get involved

Taking part in campus activities – from student government to fraternities and sororities to community service to intramural sports – is a great way to build leadership and networking skills, not to mention friendships, a sense of community, and the chance to channel talents you didn’t know you had.

WashU and Olin have 350+ student organizations in areas including entrepreneurship, sports management, real estate investing, finance, marketing, and much more.

A wealth of business resources

Part of Washington University’s Danforth Campus, Olin has beautiful, technologically advanced facilities and a wealth of resources to enhance learning. Olin's four buildings – Simon Hall, Charles F. Knight Executive Education & Conference Center, Bauer Hall, and Knight Hall – form a campus within the larger university campus. Each business program has a home base in one of the buildings. Shared public spaces and resources like the library and career center insure a constant flow and mix of faculty, students and staff from all programs.

The BSBA offices and student lounge are located in Simon Hall, but classes and social events will be held across all four buildings. Think of it as four buildings, one Olin.

Learn more about Olin facilities.

St. Louis has a lot to offer

There’s more to Olin than its rankings among the best business schools.

Fast Facts

12,000+ full-time students and 1,300+ part-time students
Minimum credits taken outside of Olin