Author: David Dodson


The undergraduate program at the Terry College of Business is ranked 27th overall and 17th among public business schools, according to the 2008 edition of U.S. News and World Report's annual ranking of the "Best Business Programs."

Of the more than 2,000 U.S. business schools, fewer than 500 have achieved full accreditation and are eligible to be ranked by U.S. News. This year's ranking is Terry's highest of the past five years and its ninth consecutive year to be ranked in the top 30.

Among the dozen "business specialties" ranked this year by U.S. News, the Terry College appears in four categories. Terry's Risk Management and Insurance program maintained its second place ranking nationally. The Real Estate program is ranked third. The Management Information Systems Department is ranked 11th — up five spots from last year — and the J.M. Tull School of Accounting is ranked 19th.

"We're pleased to see more positive momentum reflected in these rankings for the Terry College, especially for the MIS Department, which achieved its highest ranking ever in this survey," said Robert Sumichrast, dean of the Terry College. "This kind of recognition is due to the quality of our faculty and academic programs and the rising credentials of our students. We remain steadfast in our commitment to developing leaders for the world's private enterprise system."

The University of Georgia is tied for 20th among public universities and tied for 59th overall, according to the U.S. News guide. This is the ninth consecutive year that UGA has been ranked 22nd or higher among the leading public universities in the nation.

"It is very gratifying for the hard work of the students, faculty and staff to be recognized with a top 20 ranking in U.S. News and World Report," said UGA President Michael F. Adams. "Such recognition is the result of consistently doing things right. As the flagship university of the state, UGA has an obligation to serve Georgia's people with the highest level of quality. This ranking is an indication that UGA is doing just that." UGA also was listed among 25 national universities for 2006 graduates with the least debt.

The 2008 rankings are available on-line at and will be in the August 27 edition of the magazine, which hits newsstands (along with the newsstand book America's Best Colleges) on August 20.

U.S. News considers several factors in producing the annual ranking. Among those are academic reputation, student retention, graduation rates, class sizes, faculty resources, student quality and alumni giving rate.