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Fisher School remains sixth best undergraduate accounting program among publics in U.S. News rankings

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Fisher School of Accounting’s undergraduate program was named No. 6 among U.S. public programs in the latest U.S. News & World Report’s “2020 Best Colleges” edition released Monday, September 9.

Overall, the Fisher School was ranked the No. 11 program in the U.S., as it was on the “2019 Best Colleges” list from U.S. News & World Report. The Fisher School also continues to be the No. 1 ranked undergraduate accounting program in the state of Florida by U.S. News & World Report.

U.S. News & World Report also reported on Monday that for the third year in a row, the University of Florida has risen in the Top Public Schools rankings, climbing to No. 7. For the third consecutive year, UF appears in the top-10 rankings of national public universities. UF once again remains the most highly ranked university in Florida and the only university in the state in the top 10.

“Being named among the best accounting programs in the nation is a great source of pride for all of us at the Fisher School,” said Dr. Gary McGill, J. Roy Duggan Professor, Associate Dean and Director of the Fisher School of Accounting. “It’s because of the pursuit of excellence by our top-quality students, award-winning faculty and dedicated staff that we’re able to achieve such results.”

Warrington College of Business Dean John Kraft added, “Being ranked among the elite undergraduate programs is an outcome reflecting positively on our exceptional faculty, staff and students.”

The quality of students in the Fisher School plays a significant role in the School’s rankings. Incoming Fisher undergraduate students have an average GPA of 3.58, and last year, with Fisher master’s students, have a distinguished combined passing rate of 84.6 percent on the CPA Exam. This performance puts Fisher as third in the nation among 284 large academic institutions in passing rate, and seventh in the nation among all 858 academic institutions in passing rate.

The Fisher School’s undergraduate and graduate programs also recently ranked in the top 5 among publics in the Public Accounting Report’s (PAR) Annual Survey of Accounting Professors. When ranked against programs at schools with a similar faculty size (17-23 full-time accounting faculty), the undergraduate program ranked No. 1 overall, and the master’s program ranked No. 2. The two programs were also ranked the No. 1 programs in the South on the PAR’s rankings list by region.

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 School promotes the understanding and practice of accounting and business through its research, teaching and service.