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2019 Best and Brightest Poets and Quants

2019 Best and Brightest Poets and Quants

SCU Undergraduate Business Program Ranked No. 2 in California

The undergraduate business program at SCU’s Leavey School of Business has been ranked among the best in California and the nation by Poets&Quants for Undergrads’ exclusive ranking.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., 2019—Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business has been named No. 2 in California in the Best Undergraduate Business Schools ranking by Poets&Quants for Undergrads, and came in under the top 50 nationally at No. 42. California is home to some of the most prestigious schools in the nation. 

Our Best and Brightest:

Melanie Vezjak

“A lifelong student who is curious, hard-working, and enthusiastic.” 

Fun fact about yourself: I was born and raised in Cochabamba, Bolivia. However both of my parents are German. Growing up, my family would combine words in German, Spanish, and English when speaking with one another.

Hometown: Cochabamba, Bolivia

High School: German School Federico Froebel

Major: Finance

Minor: Sociology

Favorite Business Course: Corporate Financial Policy

Eoin Lyon

Eoin Lyon

“Who knew my brief Irish dancing career and affinity for snacking would lead me here.”

Fun fact about yourself: I grew up playing hurling, an Irish sport similar to field hockey and lacrosse. Our team from San Francisco won three championships in the national tournament to end our youth careers.

Hometown:  San Francisco, CA

High School: St. Ignatius College Prep

Major: Finance and Political Science

Minor: Economics

Favorite Business Course: With the tagline of “To Lead Others, I Must First Lead Myself,” Conscientious Capitalism allows students to develop the necessary self-awareness to become intentional changemakers in their communities. Through a variety of high-profile speakers, in-depth case studies, and personal reflection activities, I grew to better understand my priorities, convictions, and attachments in order to become a more effective and empathetic leader.

Poets&Quants for Undergrads compiled the 2018 exclusive rankings based on a representative survey on nearly 13,000 alumni and school-reported data. It is one of the most comprehensive assessments of undergraduate business programs. The participating schools were surveyed on aspects of their admissions standards, academic experience, and career outcomes of which each was weighted equally.

“Our students are in high demand in the competitive Silicon Valley environment and we are the destination of choice for Silicon Valley companies,” said Caryn Beck-Dudley, dean of the Leavey School of Business. “Our faculty ensure that our students are provided with an excellent, well-rounded business education and our students are well equipped for the challenges they will face in their careers. We are extremely proud to be ranked among the top in the nation.”

This is the second year the Leavey School of business has participated in the Poets&Quants for Undergrad ranking.  As more schools join the rankings, with this year being the most competitive ranking since its origin, we look forward to the competition.  We are proud to announce that we are above average of schools represented, reporting a 91.67% employment rate (representative average: 88.27%) and a total compensation of $68,559.62 - a 16.5% increase in compensation year over year for last spring’s graduating class.  

Robust starting salaries allow students to get a head start in the highly competitive job market and begin payments on student loan debt. “Not only are business graduates earning higher salaries than ever,” write the editors of Poets&Quants, “the data also suggests B-schools are making sure their graduates get jobs soon after graduation at higher rates than ever.”

“To be sure, across all schools ranked, this isn’t your grandparent’s version of undergraduate business education,” says Nathan Allen, project manager at Poets&Quants. “Students are demanding more from their schools, and schools are being forced to respond and adapt or risk becoming irrelevant to current and future students and employers alike. From data analytics to coding to studying abroad, to viewing business as a means for social good, schools and students are evolving in profound ways.”

Learn more at the Poets&Quants for Undergrads site.

About Leavey School of Business

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, one of the most dynamic business environments in the world, the Leavey School of Business combines academic excellence in the 450-year Jesuit tradition, with an energetic, innovative spirit that typifies the region. For more information, see

About Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its more than 9,000 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering; master’s degrees in business, education, counseling psychology, pastoral ministry, and theology; and law degrees and engineering doctoral degrees. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see

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