Warrington among top 15 undergraduate programs

429x630_Heavener_BusinessWeekRankingsGAINESVILLE, Fla. –The undergraduate programs in the Warrington College of Business Administration ranked 15th among U.S. public universities in Bloomberg Businessweek’s 2013 “Best Undergraduate Business Schools” edition.

The Warrington College’s place at No. 15 among publics and 37th overall marks its highest finish since this publication began ranking undergraduate programs in 2006. The Warrington College is the only institution in the state of Florida ranked in the top 40.

“Being ranked among the top 15 public undergraduate programs in the nation is a testament to the outstanding quality of our undergraduates in the Heavener School of Business and the Fisher School of Accounting. It also speaks well of our outstanding faculty as well as our nationally-recognized career and leadership programs,” said Dr. Brian Ray, Associate Dean and Director of the Heavener School of Business. “We have invested a great deal of time and resources developing a robust set of leadership and career development programs for our talented business and accounting undergraduates.”

The Warrington College also ranked highly in several specialty categories measuring student and faculty quality. Most notably, the college ranked No. 8 out of 124 institutions among corporate recruiters. Bloomberg Businessweek surveyed 519 corporate recruiters asking “Which programs turn out the best graduates?” Dr. Ray credits the implementation of innovative leadership and career development programs for the College’s continued improvement in this category.

“The Class of ’13 is the first group of seniors required to complete an internship or study abroad experience prior to graduation,” Dr. Ray said. “Additionally, each undergraduate is now required to take a course on professional writing or public speaking. These experiential and professional communication requirements make a tremendous impact on our graduates, who in turn make a tremendous impact across a wide range of industries and professions.”

In addition, the Warrington College placed 46th overall in Academic Quality, which measures SAT scores and average class size among other factors. The college’s student-faculty ratio improved to 18.9-to-1 and its seniors awarded the college grades of “A” in Facilities & Student Services and Career Services/Job Placement. It marks the third time in the last four years that the Warrington College received “A” grades in both categories.

Bloomberg Businessweek surveyed graduating seniors, corporate recruiters and participating institutions and measured nine categories of student satisfaction, post-graduation outcomes, and academic quality and combined these results with surveys from 2011 and 2012 to calculate each school’s 2013 final ranking.