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College of Business undergraduate program named top in Tennessee, one of top in nation for seventh year

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

Kim Chaudoin  | 

Business professor lecturing to business students.

Lipscomb University’s College of Business has once again been ranked the top undergrad program in Tennessee and is among the top 50 in the nation by Poets&Quants for Undergrads in its annual Best Undergrad Business Schools 2023 rankings. This is the seventh consecutive year for Lipscomb’s College of Business to be ranked among the top nationally and the best in Tennessee. 

Today the organization unveiled its 2023 Best Undergraduate Business Schools ranking, which is considered the most comprehensive assessment of undergraduate business programs. Lipscomb was ranked No. 41 in the nation and is the highest ranked in the state. Lipscomb is one of only two universities in Tennessee, out of 46 four-year business programs in the state, included in the entire ranking. 

“In 2020 Poets&Quants selected us as one of ten undergraduate business schools in the nation to watch, and our consistent ranking as the top undergraduate business program in Tennessee and in the top tier in the nation is evidence that Lipscomb’s program is on the move,” said Ray Eldridge, dean of the College of Business at Lipscomb University. “Recognition in a national ranking — especially one that is a data-driven, comprehensive review — is always reaffirming on what we are trying to do in the College of Business. This is an honor and reflection of the hard work of the entire College of Business faculty and staff.”

Ray Eldridge headshot

Ray Eldridge

Poets&Quants for Undergrads, a leading news website dedicated to the coverage of undergraduate business education, compiled the 2023 rankings based on a representative survey of over 5,400 alumni and school-reported data. Recent graduates across the 95 schools were surveyed on aspects of faculty availability, extracurricular opportunities and accessibility of the alumni network. In this year’s ranking, Lipscomb moved up in every category assessed, including overall rank. Lipscomb placed No. 29 in the academic experience category, No. 42 in the nation in the career placement category and No. 53 in the admissions experience category.

“Continuous improvement is an important focus in the College of Business and the progress we have made in the areas of academic experience, admissions experience and career placement as reflected in this ranking, which is based on survey data, is an indication of the success of these efforts,” said Eldridge. “When you are in the trenches everyday it is sometimes difficult to see the progress that is being made, and it is especially satisfying to see the fruits of that work in this measurable way.”

Also included on the list are the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, Cornell University’s SC Johnson College of Business, New York University Stern School of Business, Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, Washington University in St. Louis’s Olin Business School and the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina. Lipscomb is the only undergraduate business program in Nashville included in the ranking.

“This tremendous recognition is another example that Lipscomb is a top-tier, nationally recognized institution that excels in teaching and in preparing learners for lives of purpose that is driven by a desire for continuous improvement,” said Jennifer Shewmaker, Lipscomb University provost. “This ranking is the reflection of the leadership of Dean Eldridge and his entire team, and I am proud of them. More importantly, this is a significant indicator of the quality education our students receive, which sets them up for success after they leave our campus.”

In February 2022, the College of Business earned accreditation from AACSB International (AACSB), following a rigorous review process. With this accreditation, Lipscomb is part of an elite group of business schools internationally with less than six percent — only 926 institutions across 60 countries — earning this prestigious accreditation. Founded in 1916, AACSB is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools, and the largest business education network connecting learners, educators and businesses worldwide.

Lipscomb University’s College of Business is recognized nationally as a leader in business education and offers undergraduate degrees in accounting, business as mission, data analytics, data science, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, general business, general finance, management and marketing. Through the College of Business’s Pfeffer Graduate School of Business, graduate programs include the Master of Accountancy and Certificate in Accountancy, the Professional Master of Business Administration (MBA), the Fast Track MBA and the Master of Health Administration. Learn more at