The Mays accounting and management programs were ranked highly in the U.S. News & World Report 2012 “Best Colleges” guidebook.

The management program moved up from 16th to tied for 9th overall, while the management undergraduate program tied at 8th among programs at public institutions and tied for 11th overall.

The accounting undergraduate program tied for 15th public and tied for 26th overall. The accounting graduate program (ranked earlier this year) tied for 12th public and tied for 28th overall.

Accounting department head Jim Benjamin says he is gratified with the department’s improvement in the rankings over an extended period. “Given the different methodologies used in the various rankings, I am also pleased with the consistency of our rankings including our top ten status in both the Public Accounting Report and Financial Times,” he says. ” While we have always had excellent students with great personal characteristics, I believe that the rankings now also reflect the quality of our faculty and our contemporary, innovative programs. I am pleased that our rankings are now commensurate with the demand by leading accounting firms and other organizations for our graduates.”