U.S. News Ranks Three Business Programs Among Nation’s Best

Sep 16, 2014

In national rankings of undergraduate business programs by specialty, U.S. News & World Report ranked The University of Scranton’s entrepreneurship program No. 16, its finance program No. 22 and its accounting program No. 25. The national ranking of specialty business programs was published online Sept. 9.

U.S. News & World Report ranked three undergraduate programs of the University’s Kania School of Management among the top 25 in the nation in its “Best Colleges”  business specialty lists made public last week. The University’s entrepreneurship program ranked No. 16, its finance program ranked No. 22 and its accounting program ranked No. 25 in national lists of business programs by specialty based on peer review scores.

The business specialty rankings combine schools nationally and are published on the U.S. News website, but are only made available through a premium membership called “College Campus Access.”

According to U.S. News, in its survey of deans and senior faculty at each undergraduate business program accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), nominations are requested for the “ten best programs in areas like accounting, marketing and finance. Those programs receiving the most mentions in each area appear on the site ranked in descending order.” U.S. News states that “schools offering any courses in a specialty are eligible to be ranked in that specialty. Schools did not need to have a listed program or major in a specialty area in order to be ranked in that specific specialty area.”

For the entrepreneurship specialty program, The University of Scranton tied at No. 16 in the nation with Brigham Young University and the University of Washington. In finance, the University tied at No. 22 in the nation with Michigan State University, the University of Illinois and the University of Notre Dame. In accounting, Scranton tied at No. 25 nationally with Boston College, Cornell University, St. Joseph’s University and Xavier University.

In other rankings published by U.S. News, the University ranked No. 7 among the “Best Regional Universities in the North,” marking the 21st consecutive year that the University was ranked among the top 10 schools in its category. The University also ranked  No. 12 in its category of colleges recognized as “Great Schools at Great Prices.” The ranking included only 150 colleges in the nation, compares academic quality of programs to cost of attendance. The University was also among just 47 “Up and Coming” universities in the nation recognized by U.S. News for recently making “the most promising and innovative changes in the area of academics, faculty, student life, campus or facilities.” The University ranked No. 5 in its category on that list. The University also ranked No. 219 in the nation for “Best Undergraduate Business Programs” and No. 142 in the nation for “Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs” that do not offer a doctorate degree.

U.S. News published its 2015 “Best Colleges” rankings on Sept. 9.

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