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Texas BBA Rises to 6th in 2017 U.S. News Rankings

Text: No. 6 Best Undergraduate Business Program

The McCombs School of Business rose one rank to tie for sixth place in the 2017 edition of U.S. News and World Report's undergraduate business program rankings. McCombs tied for third best among the country's public schools.

Sixth place represents a five-year high for McCombs and marks the 18th year in a row that the Texas BBA, now celebrating its centennial, has landed in the top 10 in the country.

David Platt, associate dean for undergraduate programs at McCombs, attributes the school's consistent top 10 success to the quality of its faculty, staff, and students. "We are recognized from coast to coast as a school that turns smart kids into hands-on leaders and innovators, from our first graduate in 1917 (Frederick Adams, of Adams Extract) to our 100th graduating class this year," Platt says in an email.

The top five schools were unchanged in rank from last year. The University of Pennsylvania took top honors, with MIT and Berkeley tying for second, and Michigan and NYU taking fourth and fifth place, respectively. McCombs, Virginia, and Carnegie Mellon met in a three-way tie at sixth place.

The Texas BBA program had five specialties place in the top five:
• Accounting: No. 1
• Finance: No. 5
• Management: No. 5
• Management Information Systems: No. 5
• Marketing: No. 5

Other top-10 specialties:
• Real Estate: No. 7
• Entrepreneurship: No. 8
• Insurance: No. 8
• Supply Chain/Logistics: No. 9 (tied)
• Quantitative Analysis: No. 10
• Production/Operations: No. 10

McCombs ties with the University of Pennsylvania for having the most undergraduate business specialties in the top 10 in the nation.

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 or on the U.S. News website.

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