Olin still highly rated in 2024 P&Q undergrad ranking

  • January 23, 2024
  • By Kurt Greenbaum
  • 2 minute read

WashU Olin's undergraduate business program remains highly rated in the latest ranking by Poets & Quants for Undergrads, coming in at No. 11 among the 91 ranked schools.

Olin's program fell year-over-year from ninth in 2023, possibly the result of tweaks in P&Q's ranking methodology. Overall, Olin saw a drop in the admissions and employment categories and improvement in academic experience in the ranking, released on Monday, January 22.

Other highlights from the ranking and Olin's place it in include: 

  • A strong SAT score. New York University had the highest average at 1545. Olin's stood at 1527. Olin students typically rank in the top two in P&Q's ranking, but dropped to third in the category, which now accounts for a reduced weight of 3.3%. 
  • Acceptance rates. Olin's application acceptance rate increased to 11%, compared to Wharton's lowest rate at 4.5%. The acceptance rate accounts for 10% of the ranking. Olin's acceptance rate is controlled by the central WashU administration.
  • Graduate compensation. Olin's total compensation was $97,793 compared to $116,600 for Wharton, $106,019 for Georgetown and $103,170 for Carnegie Mellon.
  • Employment rates. Olin's two-year average employment rate was 96%, compared to 99.4% for the University of Richmond, 99.33% for the University of Michigan and 99.29% for Florida Southern College.

According to P&Q's story on its website, the ranking "is based on three categories we believe best measure the undergrad B-school experience: the quality and diversity of students enrolling in a program (admissions standards); the ability of a B-school to nurture, challenge, and grow those young minds (academic experience); and how the market and world’s top employers respond to those graduates when leaving the school (career outcomes). Each category is given an equal weight in the final score of 33.3%."

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Kurt Greenbaum

Kurt Greenbaum

As communications director for WashU Olin Business School, my job is to find and share great stories about our students, faculty, staff, and alumni. I've worked for the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management as communications director and as a journalist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Sun-Sentinel in South Florida and the Chicago Tribune.

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