Heavener Hall with students walking in front of the building

Heavener School of Business rises into the top 15 among publics in U.S. News rankings

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Heavener School of Business was ranked No. 12 among publics on U.S. News & World Report’s “2020 Best Undergraduate Business Programs” rankings released Monday, September 9.

The Heavener School ranked in the No. 22 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 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.

“Once again, we are honored to be recognized by our peers as one of the nation’s top business schools,” said Dr. Alex Sevilla, Associate Dean and Director of the Heavener School of Business. “We’re particularly proud of our ranking this year, as it is the highest overall ranking we’ve received since 2000. These rankings are a testament to the collective energy within Heavener to deliver transformational experiences for the students we are trusted to serve. I’m so proud to work alongside our world-class faculty, talented staff and outstanding students, who make the Heavener School such a special place.”

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 17th spot among U.S. publics.  

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

Heavener’s continued impressive standing in U.S. News rankings reflects the School’s commitment to providing students with a dynamic and enriching experience. In addition to a rigorous and diverse curriculum, the Heavener School offers impactful career and leadership programs, more than 30 student organizations, study abroad opportunities on four continents, and numerous other experiential learning opportunities. Heavener students are also required to complete a study abroad experience or professional internship to graduate, 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 504 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: #22

Among Publics: #12



Overall: #11

Among Publics: #6       



Overall: #24

Among Publics: #10      



Overall: #24

Among Publics: #10



Overall: #32

Among Publics: #17



Overall: #10

Among Publics: #8


Real Estate

Overall: #7

Among Publics: #4