San Diego Business Journal

The University of San Diego School of Business has achieved the rank of the best business school in California for undergraduates and in the top 50 schools in the nation for the fourth straight year according to a leading news site for business education, Poets & Quants for Undergrads.

The university was the only one from San Diego out of 93 schools reviewed and ranks number 43 this year. Only two other California schools made it to the list.

“The continued top ranking of our undergraduate programs is a testament to the high quality academic programs, delivered by our faculty who are thought leaders and practitioners in their respective fields,” said USD School of Business Dean Timothy Keane.  “Our students are nurtured with a holistic approach that ensures their needs inside and outside the classroom are attended to, positioning them for success once they graduate.”

The ranking is based equally on admission standards, academic experience from alumni surveys and career/employment outcomes. Out of the 93 schools, it ranked 49th in admission standards, 48th in the academic experience category and 40th in employment outcomes.


The city of San Diego received high praise for its efforts to enforce and administer building codes from the Insurance Services Office (ISO) with the second highest national rating for effectiveness and performance.

The ISO rating has recognized the city’s Development Services Department (DSD) and its dedication to comprehensive building plan review and field inspection services. DSD staff work with developers, businesses, and residents to ensure new buildings are code-compliant, have structural integrity and minimize catastrophe-related damage. This helps lower insurance costs for property owners, according to the city.

“The ISO evaluated our current staffing capabilities, the codes enforced and the quality of permits reviewed and inspected, determining that we have achieved the second-highest rating in the industry,” said DSD Deputy Director and Chief Building Official Kelley Charles.

The ranking will remain valid for five years.

A couple quick reminders: The San Diego Business Journal's virtual Economic Trends event is at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26. and coming up at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25 is the Black Businesses Matter event where we will be joining with the Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce in honoring local Black business achievements.