Which schools offer the best on-campus, degree-granting programs that prepare students for careers in financial planning?
WealthManagement.com decided to find out. This ranking represents the first ever data-centric approach to measure the nation’s financial planning programs offered at colleges and universities. WealthManagement.com ranked these programs based on a weighted matrix of nine indicators believed to be markers of excellence. (See Methodology)
About 330 four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. offer on-campus programs that lead to some form of degree in financial planning. Of that number, only 191 colleges are registered by the CFP Board as being sufficiently rigorous to qualify students to successfully complete the program and sit for the exam to obtain the coveted CFP designation. All the programs ranked here are registered by the CFP Board.
These are the top 10.
John Kador is a business author and frequent contributor to Wealth Management. Katie Tschida, a recent graduate of San Diego State University, is beginning her career as a wealth advisor associate at a national financial services firm.