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College of Business named top private undergrad program in Tennessee, among top in the nation for third consecutive year

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Allison Duke, Associate Professor of Management, talks with two students between classes.

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

The organization unveiled its annual Best Undergraduate Business Schools ranking and is considered the most comprehensive assessment of undergraduate business programs. Lipscomb was ranked in the top 100 in the nation and is the top-ranked private institution and only one of two universities in Tennessee included in the ranking

“This is the third consecutive year that Lipscomb’s College of Business has been recognized nationally as a quality business school and a leader in Tennessee,” said Ray Eldridge, dean of the College of Business at Lipscomb University. “This ranking is particularly significant because it is a comprehensive review of undergraduate programs across the country that examines admissions standards, the student experience and employment outcomes, and Lipscomb’s program was determined to be among the best in the nation. It is affirmation of the direction of the college and its pattern of innovation and engagement. And the ranking is more than a number. It is a reflection of the diligent work of our students, faculty, staff, alumni, advisory boards and many friends of the college who believe in our mission.”

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Assistant Professor Jeff Mankin and Assistant Professor Julio Rivas-Aguilar dual teaching a class in the College of Business.

Also included on the list were the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, The Indiana University Kelley School of Business, Kenan-Flagler Business School at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University and Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley 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 2018 ranking based on a representative survey of nearly 13,000 recent graduates and school-reported data. Students across the 88 schools were surveyed on aspects of admissions standards, academic experience and career outcomes. This data does not exist together anywhere else in the world. This national ranking was launched three years ago by Bloomberg/Businessweek and is now administered by Poets&Quants.

“This was the most competitive ranking that we have seen since the launch of the ranking three years ago," said Nathan Allen, project manager at Poets&Quants. “The schools ranked between No. 10 Berkeley Haas though No. 15 Emory Goizueta were all separated by merely 1.06 in their composite score. The competition in the higher tier was fierce, stressing the importance of undergraduate business programs across the board. “Our annual ranking and comprehensive coverage of this market is an invaluable resource for students and parents to make informed decisions about where to get the best education for a successful career in business.”

The College of Business at Lipscomb University is recognized nationally as a leader in business education. This is the latest recognition for Lipscomb’s College of Business. Last month, 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 second 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 Businessweek and Poets & Quants and the No. 2 part-time MBA program in Tennessee in 2016 by Bloomberg Businessweek. In addition, it was been named the No. 1 accounting program in Tennessee and No. 2 in the nation in 2017 by Christian Universities Online.

Other recent honors include: The marketing program was named one of the top 50 programs in the nation by College Choice as part of its 2017 Best Bachelor’s in Marketing ranking; the accounting program was named the No. 2 in the nation and top in Tennessee in Christian Universities Online's Top 10 Christian Accounting Degree Programs 2017 ranking; the College of Business’ undergraduate program was ranked one of the top 100 in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek in its Best Undergraduate Business Schools 2016 ranking; Lipscomb University listed No. 26 in the nation as part of College Choice’s 2016 Best Bachelor’s in Human Resources Degree programs ranking; the Master of Business Administration program is ranked among the 74 best in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek (2015); and Human Resources MB named Lipscomb University one of the Top 50 Most Affordable Small Colleges for an HR Degree in 2015.

This fall the College of Business announced the launch of Nashville’s first Master of Health Administration program, considered by national accrediting organizations and industry professionals as the gold standard for preparing mid-careerist who want to build a successful career in health care leadership and a new Center for Analytics and Informatics.

Developed in collaboration with business school deans and administrators, Poets&Quants for Undergrads’ methodology is based equally on admissions standards, academic experience, and employment outcomes.  No other ranking or school survey asks for the same amount of concrete data ranging from the percent of National Merit Scholars at each business school, to the percentage of students with global experience while at the school, to average debt upon graduation. While other services might ask these sorts of data questions at a university-wide level, no other organization asks at a business-school specific level. Visit Poest&Quants for Undergrads site to learn more about the 2018 Rankings, the methodology and to locate a specific school.

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