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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

U.S. News & World Report Undergraduate Rankings Arizona's Business Programs In Top 25

September 13, 2002

The undergraduate business programs at both The University of Arizona (UA) and Arizona State University (ASU) scored in the top-25 nationally under "Best Business Programs" in the just-released U.S. News & World Report college and university rankings guide for 2003.

The UA's Eller College of Business and Public Administration tied at #22 with the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Florida. ASU tied at #25 with Case Western Reserve University, Georgetown University, Michigan State University, the University of Georgia, and Wake Forest University.

ASU ranked #3 nationally in the Supply Chain Management/Logistics specialty area and the Eller College at The University of Arizona ranked #4 in Management Information Systems. Both schools are renowned in their respective specialty categories. For example, ASU's Supply Chain Management program has built its international reputation around its leading academic research and strong corporate relationships. The Eller College is one of only three business schools to have consistently placed in the top 5 in MIS since the U.S. News rankings were established in the 1980s, the other two schools being Carnegie Mellon and MIT.

In other specialty areas the Eller College ranked #11 in e-commerce (the first time the College has been ranked in e-commerce), #12 in entrepreneurship (up from #20 last year), and #24 in accounting (up from #25 last year).

Approximately 11,000 undergraduate business students are served by the two universities—6,000 by ASU and 5,000 by UA.

ASU business dean Larry Penley notes: "Arizona students interested in business are in the enviable position of having to choose between two of the top-ranked programs in the country. These two programs provide the region with an incredibly rich resource of talented and experienced graduates."

Mark Zupan, dean of the Eller College of Business and Public Administration concurs: "If Arizona is to thrive, we must continue to provide the top-notch graduates that fuel existing businesses, develop new entrepreneurial enterprises, and draw firms to our State from elsewhere in the world. Our national reputations benefit not only our universities, but, more importantly, Arizona as a whole."

Media contacts: Liz Farquhar, Media Relations Manager, College of Business, Arizona State University, 480-965-7774

The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program #11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program #48 in the U.S. The College is among the leaders of business schools generating grant funds for research. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the 25th ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 750 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and a satellite campus in Phoenix.

Press Contact:
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

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