Mays Business School advanced in annual rankings by U.S. News & World Report of undergraduate business programs nationwide. It moved up two places — to 17th among public universities and 27th overall—in the “Best Business Programs” section of the magazine’s 2017 rankings released Tuesday (Sept.13).

In addition to moving up in national rankings, Mays is a leader among business schools in Texas—and no school in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) ranks higher, notes Mays Dean Eli Jones.

He says that in concert with the strengthening of Mays’ academic programs and related activities, creating a greater awareness of the school is a top priority. “We have many areas of distinction here at Mays, and we are determined to tell the world about them,” he points out. “We already have a strong foothold in Texas, and we are known nationally for our innovation and our impact. We are stepping up our efforts to play a transformational role in business research, education and practice.”

Mays’ peer assessment score – the measure the magazine uses to rank business schools – is at 3.6. The top peer assessment score possible is 5. U.S. News ranks undergraduate business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) based solely on surveys of business school deans and senior faculty. Participants were asked to rate the quality of programs with which they were familiar on a scale of 1 (marginal) to 5 (distinguished). The undergraduate business rankings are based solely on this peer survey. To learn more about the rankings and methodology, visit http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/rankings/business.

In its “Great Schools, Great Prices” category of universities, U.S. News cites Texas A&M University as one of the two top public universities nationally. It is first among public institutions in Texas in that assessment, which combines cost with quality of education.

The magazine’s annual rankings were announced Tuesday in advance of publication of its “Best Colleges” guidebook for 2017.