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Texas BBA Holds 8th Spot in 2015 U.S. News Rankings

The McCombs School of Business tied for eighth place in the 2015 edition of U.S. News and World Report's undergraduate business program rankings. McCombs came in as the fifth best among the country's public schools. The University of Texas at Austin tied for 53rd overall, 17th among publics.

This marks the 16th year in a row that McCombs has ranked between fifth and eighth in the country.

The University of Pennsylvania topped the business school rankings, followed by MIT and Berkeley (tied for second), and Michigan in fourth place. Completing the top 10: NYU (fifth), UNC Chapel Hill and Virginia (tied at sixth), and, in a three-way tie for eighth, McCombs, Carnegie Mellon, and Indiana. Cornell and Notre Dame fell out of the top 10 this year (tied at 11th).

In what was a major "oops" for U.S. News, three specialty rankings were originally released with errors, a rarity for the storied media outlet. Corrected tables appeared about a day later and are presented below.

The Texas BBA program had four specialties place in the top five:
Stylized Text: Texas BBA Ranked No. 8 by U.S. News and World Report•    Accounting: 1
•    Marketing: 3
•    Management Information Systems: 4
•    Finance: 5 (tied)

Other top-20 specialties:
•    Management: 6
•    Real Estate: 7 (tied)
•    Entrepreneurship: 8
•    Production/Operations: 9 (tied)
•    Insurance: 9 (tied)
•    Quantitative Analysis: 9
•    Supply Chain/Logistics: 13 (tied)

McCombs and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business have the most number of top-10 specialty rankings. Wharton leads the pack with 11 out of 12 specialties in the top 10, and McCombs follows closely with 10 out of 12. By comparison, each of the next schools with the greatest breadth in coverage — Michigan, Berkeley, NYU, and Indiana — has only eight.

U.S. News bases its undergraduate business rankings entirely on surveys of deans and program directors of AACSB-accredited programs. More details can be found on our methodology pages for BBA rankings and for undergrad specialty rankings.

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