Author: David Dodson


The undergraduate program at the Terry College of Business is ranked 25th overall — up from 30th last year — and 18th among public business schools, according to U.S. News & World Report's latest annual ranking of the "Best Business Programs."

This year's ranking marks the 11th 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 again this year. 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 is ranked 13th in the country, and the J.M. Tull School of Accounting is ranked 18th.

"We see continual improvement in the quality of students and faculty in the Terry College of Business, and it is satisfying to have our undergraduate program consistently recognized as one of the very best in the country," said Dean Robert T. Sumichrast. "We're undertaking some curriculum changes this year that will challenge our students in the classroom and make their campus experience even better while they're students in the Terry College."

The University of Georgia is ranked 21st among public universities and tied for 58th overall, according to the U.S. News guide. UGA also was listed among 25 national universities for 2008 graduates with the least debt.

The 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. 24. The U.S. News & World Report's 2010 edition of "America's Best Colleges" guidebook will be available after Tuesday, Aug. 25.

U.S. News considers several factors in producing the annual ranking. 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. They were asked to rate the quality of all programs they are familiar with on a scale of 1 (marginal) to 5 (distinguished). U.S. News reported that 42 percent of those surveyed responded.