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Fisher School’s programs highly ranked in new PAR rankings

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Fisher School of Accounting’s undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs all ranked among the top 15 U.S. public accounting programs in Public Accounting Report’s (PAR) 35th Annual Survey of Accounting Professors released today.

Among U.S. publics, the Fisher School ranked 7th in undergraduate programs, 10th in master’s programs, and 13th in doctoral programs — moving up in all three categories from 2015. When the Fisher School was measured against all accounting schools—public and private—with similar faculty sizes (16 to 21 professors), its undergraduate and master’s programs ranked third and fourth, respectively.

The Fisher School was the only accounting program from the state of Florida to appear in PAR’s rankings.

”I am pleased that our peers recognize the talents and hard work of our students, faculty, and staff,” said Dr. Gary McGill, J. Roy Duggan Professor and Director of the Fisher School. “We are proud of the contributions our graduates make in all dimensions of the accounting profession and the business world.”

A major reason for Fisher’s impressive standing in PAR’s rankings is its quality students and faculty. In 2015, Fisher students posted an 85.5 percent pass rate—the national pass rate was 55%– on the CPA Examination. This performance ranked the Fisher School third in the nation among 271 large academic institutions, and fourth among all 821 academic institutions that had students attempt the exam.

Fisher’s faculty research productivity ranks among the best in the world. Based on articles published from 2012-2016 in three preeminent accounting journals—The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting and Economics, and Journal of Accounting Research—the Fisher School ranked 18th in the world, and ninth among U.S. publics, according to the University of Texas at Dallas’ Top 100 Business Schools Research Rankings.

Public Accounting Report’s (PAR) 35th Annual Survey of Accounting Professors is the nation’s only survey that allows accounting professors to rank the nation’s best accounting programs. Approximately 1,000 accounting professors from more than 200 U.S. colleges and universities participated in the 2016 survey.

As a professional school in a major public research university, the Fisher School is committed to scholarly research, teaching, and service to advance knowledge and prepare future leaders for business, professional and academic careers. The Fisher School serves business and accounting professionals and educators through innovative and high-quality teaching and research with a focus on providing the education necessary for successful careers in leadership positions. The Fisher School promotes the understanding and practice of accounting and business through its research, teaching and service.