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Accounting program named one of top 20 in nation by Best Value Schools

Lipscomb's accounting program has once again been named among the best in the nation.

Kim Chaudoin  | 

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Lipscomb University’s accounting program, housed in the College of Business, has been ranked the top program in Tennessee and one of the top 20 programs in the nation in Best Value Schools’ Best Accounting Degree Programs in 2020 rankings. 

Among those ranked with Lipscomb University in the top 20 in the nation are Penn State University, the University of Memphis, Auburn University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Lehigh University and Northern Illinois University.

In the ranking, Best Value Schools described Lipscomb’s program as offering students an “incredible undergraduate degree in accounting which will help students attain the outstanding academic credentials needed to sit for the CPA exam. Lipscomb’s accounting program is one of the most respected programs in Tennessee and one that has long-standing partnerships with some of the largest firms in the country. There’s a 100 percent placement rate for accounting graduates which allows students the opportunity to join other recent accounting grads who have earned a job and master’s degree, right out of the gate.”

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This is the latest recognition for Lipscomb’s accounting program which is consistently ranked among the top in Tennessee in the nation. It was ranked the top accounting program in Tennessee and among the top 10 percent in the nation in the 2019 College Factual rankings. It is the third year Lipscomb’s accounting program has been named the top program in Tennessee. The department of accounting also earned a ranking of 14th in the nation and number one in the state of Tennessee for the second consecutive year for Best Accounting Programs for Veterans. 

“Our accounting leadership and faculty continues to honor the long standing reputation of the Lipscomb accounting program,” said Ray Eldridge, dean of the College of Business. “We continue to be highly ranked by a variety of authorities, with record setting CPA passage rates and graduates who are sought after. Our well qualified faculty will ensure our accounting legacy will continue for many years to come.”

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Ray Eldridge

The College of Business at Lipscomb University is recognized nationally as a leader in business education. Earlier this year, Lipscomb University’s College of Business was named one of ten undergraduate business schools in the nation to watch in 2020 by Poets & Quants for Undergrads, the leading online publication for undergraduate business education news. In December 2019, the college was ranked for the fourth consecutive year the top undergrad program in Tennessee and to be ranked nationally by Poets & Quants in its 2020 Best Undergraduate Business Schools ranking, considered the most comprehensive assessment of undergraduate business programs in the country. 

The College of Business was named the No. 1 Undergraduate Business Program in Tennessee in 2016 and 2017 by both Bloomberg Business Week and Poets & Quants and the No. 2 part-time MBA program in Tennessee in 2016 by Bloomberg Business Week. In addition, it was named the No. 1 accounting program in Tennessee and No. 2 in the nation in 2017 by Christian Universities Online. 

Other recent honors include: No. 2 Part-time MBA program in TN, Top 50 in the Nation (Bloomberg/Businessweek) - 2015; No. 1 accounting program in TN and top 10% in the Nation (College Online) - 2018; No. 1 Christian Accounting program in TN, #2 program in the Nation (Christian Universities Online) - 2017; No. 2 Bachelor's in Human Resources Degree program in TN and #26 in the Nation (College Choice) - 2016 and 2018; No. 1 in Tennessee and No. 36 in the Nation International Business Degree (College Choice) - 2017; and Top 50 marketing program in the Nation (College Choice) - 2016.

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The Swang Center is home to Lipscomb's College of Business.

About the Lipscomb University College of Business

Fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, one of the two largest business-accrediting bodies in the world, Lipscomb University’s College of Business is recognized throughout the region and the nation as an outstanding source of highly skilled and highly trustworthy business leaders.

The College of Business offers a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and undergraduate degrees in accounting, finance, management and marketing. Graduate studies programs include the Master of Business Administration, Master of Accountancy, Master of Health Care Administration (MHA), Master of Management: Career Accelerator and Master of Management: Health Care.

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