Terry College matches its best ranking in U.S. News undergraduate survey

Terry ranked No. 11 among public business schools, with five academic majors in the top 20
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U.S. News & World Report ranked the Terry College of Business undergraduate program No. 21 overall and 11th among public business schools in the U.S. It matches Terry’s best ranking in the annual U.S. News survey and marks the seventh straight year that the college is ranked among the top 15 undergraduate business programs at the nation’s best public universities.

“We aim to help our students reach their full potential by engaging them in challenging coursework, meaningful internships and encouraging a sense of responsibility to improve their companies and communities,” said Dean Ben Ayers. “This ranking and others like it continue to show that we’ve never been in a better position to fulfill our mission and support our students in accomplishing their goals.”

Five of the college’s academic majors ranked among the nation’s top 20 public programs in their respective fields of business.

Terry’s Risk Management and Insurance program once again led all insurance programs in the country, ranked No. 1 overall. It’s the fourth straight year and the sixth time since 2014 that Terry’s insurance program has been judged to have the best reputation in the country by U.S. News.

The Real Estate program rose one spot to No. 2 among U.S. public business schools and No. 4 overall, while Management Information Systems maintained its top 10 status among public business schools (No. 10 public and No. 12 overall). The J.M. Tull School of Accounting ranked No. 11 among publics in its field, and the Management Department also ranked in the top 20 public programs at No. 19.   

The annual ranking of undergraduate business programs by U.S. News & World Report is based on a reputational survey of deans and senior faculty at peer institutions accredited by AACSB International. Less than 6 percent of the more than 16,000 schools granting business degrees worldwide have earned AACSB accreditation.

The University of Georgia marked the eighth consecutive year it placed in the top 20 public universities ranked by U.S. News. UGA ranked in a tie with Texas A&M and Virginia Tech at No. 20. UGA is one of only two institutions — along with Georgia Tech — to make the top 20 from the state of Georgia, and Georgia is one of only four states — including California, Virginia and Texas — to have more than one institution in the top 20.

UGA has been recognized by several other national rankings recently. The rankings platform Niche ranked UGA No. 9 on its annual list of top public universities. In addition, UGA held steady at No. 21 in Forbes’ ranking of the top 25 public colleges, and Money magazine awarded UGA a top ranking (4.5 stars), with a specific emphasis on its high graduation rate and scholarship support. The Princeton Review gave UGA top scores across the board on its lists of high-achieving public universities, including the No. 13 best school for financial aid. Earlier this month, Bloomberg Businessweek ranked UGA’s full-time MBA program at No. 8 among public institutions, and Niche’s survey of the best colleges for business ranked the Terry College No. 5 overall and the No. 1 public business school in the nation. Niche also ranked Terry No. 6 overall and No. 2 among public business schools in its survey of the best colleges for accounting and finance.   

U.S. News & World Report released the 2024 edition of its Best Colleges rankings on September 18, 2023.