Author: David Dodson


The undergraduate program at the Terry College of Business is ranked 30th overall and 18th among public business schools, according to the 2009 edition of U.S. News & World Report's annual ranking of the "Best Business Programs."

This year's ranking marks the 10th consecutive year Terry has been ranked in the top 30. 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.

Among the dozen "business specialties" ranked this year by U.S. News, the Terry College appears in four of them. Terry's Risk Management and Insurance program maintained its second place ranking nationally. The Real Estate program also repeated its third place ranking from last year. The Management Information Systems Department broke into the top 10 and is now ranked ninth in the country. MIS at Terry has risen seven spots in the U.S. News ranking in the past two years. And the J.M. Tull School of Accounting is ranked 18th.

"This is another affirmation of the high quality of the undergraduate program and the Terry College overall," said Dean Robert T. Sumichrast. "It's now time for Terry to expand from these areas of strengths, like risk management and real estate, and advance across an even broader front of program improvement. When we adopt our new strategic plan later this year, we'll be in a better position to pursue our vision of national prominence."

The University of Georgia is tied for 20th among public universities and tied for 58th overall according to the U.S. News guide. UGA has been ranked among the top 20 leading public universities in the nation eight of the past 10 years.

"I am always pleased when the students, faculty and staff of the University of Georgia are recognized for their quality and their very good work," said UGA President Michael F. Adams. "Recognition such as this is a reflection of a commitment to excellence in everything that we do at the University of Georgia and should be a point of great pride for our alumni and friends."

UGA also was listed among 25 national universities for 2007 graduates with the least debt.

The 2009 rankings are available online at and highlights of the college rankings will be published in the Sept. 1 issue of U.S. News & World Report, available for newsstand purchase Monday, Aug. 25. The 2009 America's Best Colleges guidebook will be available as of Tuesday, Aug. 26.

U.S. News considers several factors in producing its annual ranking of the nation's best colleges and universities. Among those are graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving and peer assessment.

The magazine's business school ranking is based wholly on a peer survey. U.S. News surveyed deans and senior faculty at each undergraduate business program accredited by AACSB-International. U.S. News reported that 38 percent of those surveyed responded.