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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Heavener School of Business was ranked No. 14 among publics on U.S. News & World Report’s “2021 Best Undergraduate Business Programs” rankings released Monday, September 14.

The Heavener School ranked in the No. 24 position among all U.S. undergraduate programs. It continues to be the highest-ranking undergraduate business program in the state of Florida, the No. 1 ranked state for higher education.

U.S. News & World Report also reported on Monday that for the fourth year in a row, the University of Florida has risen in the Top Public Schools rankings, climbing to No. 6. The rise puts UF on the cusp of its goal to earn sustained recognition as a Top 5 public institution in the country and symbolizes the university’s momentum on academic excellence, student outcomes, and affordability. In the past four years, UF has vaulted from No. 14 to No. 6 among public universities and from No. 50 to No. 30 on the U.S. News National Universities list, which includes both public and private institutions.

“It is an honor and privilege to, once again, be named among the best business schools in the nation by our peers,” said Dr. Alex Sevilla, Associate Dean and Director of the Heavener School of Business. “We’re proud to be recognized as a program that best prepares students to be successful leaders in business and beyond. The dedication of our world-class faculty and staff enables us to deliver a truly transformative academic experience for the amazing students we are entrusted to serve.”

Six of the Heavener School’s specialty programs were recognized, five of which were ranked in the top 10 among publics. Real Estate ranked fourth, Accounting ranked sixth, Marketing ranked eighth, and Entrepreneurship and Finance ranked tenth. Management also finished in the 16th spot among U.S. publics.   

Heavener’s continued impressive standing in U.S. News rankings reflects the School’s commitment to providing students with a dynamic and enriching experience, even during the challenging and uncertain times brought on by COVID-19. In addition to a rigorous and diverse curriculum, the Heavener School offers impactful career and leadership programs, more than 30 student organizations, and numerous other virtual experiential learning opportunities. Heavener students are also required to complete an international experience or professional internship to graduate, both of which are offered virtually to students, leading to 50 percent of Heavener students graduating with an international experience. These initiatives have resulted in Heavener students securing coveted full-time careers at some of the world’s top companies.

To calculate these rankings, U.S. News surveyed deans and senior faculty members at each of the 511 undergraduate business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). These deans and faculty members – two at each AACSB-accredited business program – were asked to rate the quality of all program with which they were familiar on a scale from 1 (marginal) to 5 (distinguished). The undergraduate business school rankings were based solely on the judgements of deans and senior faculty members at peer institutions.

The complete list of the Heavener School’s impressive rankings is as follows:

Heavener School of Business

Overall: #24

Among Publics: #14


Overall: #11

Among Publics: #6       


Overall: #27

Among Publics: #10      


Overall: #25

Among Publics: #10


Overall: #27

Among Publics: #16


Overall: #10

Among Publics: #8

Real Estate

Overall: #7

Among Publics: #4