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Business Programs Ranked, Again.

For the second year in a row, the University of Baltimore's Merrick School of Business has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as offering one of the country's Best Undergraduate Business Programs. Climbing 30 places in its 2012 ranking, the school is at the top of Maryland's public business schools; only the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park is ranked higher.

The school tied with well over a dozen other business schools from across the country, including Portland State University, the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, Kent State University, St. John's University, Duquesne University, and the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.

"We're delighted that the Merrick School of Business continues to be recognized for its excellent programs," said Darlene Smith, dean of the school. "For us, it's not only a matter of institutional pride that we are recognized as a leader among our peers, but that the School's innovative and student-focused programs are seen nationally as a force to be reckoned with. I believe that this year's rankings serve not only as a confirmation of our success, but as an inspiration to do more in the coming years."

The Merrick School of Business is AACSB International accredited, a distinction earned by only one third of business schools in the country. It has recently introduced several new programs including the region's only undergraduate degree in real estate and economic development and an honors accounting program. It also recently launched an honors business program for UB's Helen P. Denit Honors Program.

The exclusive rankings, which include information on more than 1,000 schools nationwide, are available at www.usnews.com. Over the past two decades, the U.S. News college rankings, which group schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has grown to be the most comprehensive research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities.

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