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The Terry College’s undergraduate business programs rose three spots in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings to No. 24 overall and 14th among public business schools.

In addition, four of the college’s academic specialties ranked among the nation’s very best.

Terry’s Risk Management and Insurance program reached No. 2 in the nation and No. 1 among public business schools. The Real Estate program ranked No. 5 (3rd among publics), Accounting climbed to No. 12 (7th among publics) and Management Information System moved up to No. 14 (10th among publics).

“Our continued upward momentum in the rankings is a direct result of the high quality, high-impact programs that we are committed to providing at the Terry College of Business,” said Dean Benjamin C. Ayers. “We have four programs ranked in the Top 10 for public institutions, which is a sign of the excellent value of a Terry education."

The annual ranking of undergraduate business programs is based on a reputational survey of deans and senior faculty at peer institutions accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Terry’s national reputation has been enhanced by two consecutive record-setting years for employment after graduation, Ayers said. This year, 97 percent of Terry undergraduates were employed full-time within three months of graduation, according to survey data reported by Class of 2017 graduates. 

The University of Georgia also improved its stature in the 2018 ranking of best public national universities released by U.S. News & World Report. UGA climbed two spots to No. 16, its highest ranking ever in the U.S. News survey of America’s Best Colleges.

This is the second consecutive year the university has risen in this ranking, and UGA is one of two institutions—along with the Georgia Institute of Technology—to make the top 20 from the state of Georgia. Georgia is one of only three states (including California and Virginia) to have more than one institution in the top 20. In addition, UGA and the University of Florida are the only two institutions from the Southeastern Conference to make the top 20.