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College of Business named top in Tennessee, one of top in nation for fifth year

Lipscomb program consistently ranked among top in state, nation by Poets&Quants

Kim Chaudoin | 

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Lipscomb University’s College of Business has once again been ranked the top undergrad program in Tennessee and is among the top 60 in the nation by Poets&Quants for Undergrads, the leading online publication for undergraduate business education news. This is the fifth consecutive year for Lipscomb’s College of Business to be ranked nationally and the best in Tennessee. 

Today the organization unveiled its 2021 Best Undergraduate Business Schools ranking, which is considered the most comprehensive assessment of undergraduate business programs. Lipscomb was ranked in the No. 56 in the nation and is the highest ranked in the state. Lipscomb is one of only of two universities in Tennessee included in the entire ranking. Last February, Lipscomb’s College of Business was named one of ten undergraduate business schools in the nation to watch in 2020 by Poets & Quants for Undergrads.

“We are honored to be continually recognized nationally as a quality business school and a leader in Tennessee,” said Ray Eldridge, dean of the College of Business at Lipscomb University. “It is an honor to be ranked with such well-respected and quality peer institutions. This particular ranking is meaningful as it is a data-driven, comprehensive review of undergraduate programs across the country. It is affirmation of the hard work of the entire College of Business team as well as those who have gone before us in building a quality program that is helping our students achieve their career and life goals.”

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Also included on the list were the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, New York University Stern School of Business, Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University and Scheller College of Business at Georgia Institute of Technology among others. Lipscomb was the only non-AACSB accredited institution on the list and the only undergraduate business program in Nashville included in the ranking.

Poets&Quants for Undergrads compiled the 2021 exclusive rankings based on a representative survey of over 6,100 alumni and school-reported data. Recent grads across the 93 schools were surveyed on aspects of faculty availability, extracurricular opportunities, and accessibility of the alumni network. This data doesn't exist together anywhere else in the world.This national ranking was launched five years ago by Bloomberg/Businessweek and is now administered by Poets&Quants.

“This years' ranking assesses three core values of an undergraduate business education: the quality of the admits, what a school does to grow those students over four years, and finally how the marketplace responds to those graduates,” said Nathan Allen, project manager for Poets&Quants for Undergrads. "In other words, what's the quality of the incoming students, how do they view their academic experience, and what career outcomes are achieved by the graduating class."

Poets&Quants for Undergrads is a leading news website dedicated to the coverage of undergraduate business education. Highlighting the content is the annual ranking of the best undergraduate business schools across the United States. Founder and editor-in-chief John A. Byrne launched the unique rankings in 2016 to help students make the best possible choice for an undergraduate business education. Poets&Quants for Undergrads is affiliated with the website Poet&Quants, which concentrates on MBA programs. For more information, visit

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 nationally as a leader in business education. Its accounting program was ranked the top 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. The college has been 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.

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) and Master of Management: Health Care.

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