FSU accounting program ranked among nation’s best

For years, Florida State University’s College of Business has received national recognition for excellence in several key academic areas, including risk management/insurance and hospitality. Now, the college’s department of accounting is accruing interest all its own.

The college’s undergraduate accounting program has made Public Accounting Report’s prestigious annual rankings, reflecting the program’s increased national prominence and impact. The program is ranked 24th on Public Accounting Report’s list of top undergraduate
programs in the country.

When ranked against public schools only, FSU’s accounting program rated even higher, at 20th.

There are approximately 170 colleges and universities in the United States with accredited accounting programs.

Public Accounting Report is the leading trade publication for the accounting profession. It bases its rankings of undergraduate accounting programs on the largest national survey of accounting academics.

"We are proud of the national recognition that being ranked in the top 25 programs in the country brings," said Martin "Bud" Fennema, chairman of FSU’s accounting department and the university’s Ernst and Young Professor of Accounting. "In addition, our accounting graduates are ranked among the nation’s best in passing the CPA examination and are in the top five for passing the Financial Accounting and Reporting section of the exam."

The undergraduate accounting program is not alone in garnering impressive rankings for FSU’s College of Business. U.S. News & World Report last year ranked the college’s overall undergraduate program in the top 40 among public universities and colleges, while its risk management/insurance program was listed at sixth in the nation and its
real estate program 12th.

Meanwhile, hospitality and tourism recruiters recently ranked FSU’s Dedman School of Hospitality sixth in the nation for the quality of its faculty and have placed it in the top 10 for the quality of its facilities. The Dedman School also has a 100 percent job-placement rate for its graduates.

In addition, the College of Business’ entrepreneurial program recently ranked among the top 50 comprehensive regional programs by Entrepreneurial Magazine. In addition, Kiplinger’s ranked FSU as the 21st best value in public colleges across the country.

"The College of Business has many excellent programs, and we are gratified that the quality of our programs is recognized by national media outlets," said Caryn L. Beck-Dudley, dean of the college. "We are proud of our faculty and students and will continue to work hard at providing programs with national prominence."

Founded in 1950, the FSU College of Business is one of the youngest business schools and is recognized as one of the nation’s 10 largest. It is FSU’s second largest college with an enrollment of more than 6,300 students and boasts a distinguished faculty of 115, including a Francis Eppes Professor, three university named professors, seven Eminent Scholars and 30 endowed professors.

For more about the College of Business, please go to www.cob.fsu.edu.