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U.S. News Ranks School

With a growing reputation for addressing the issues of a changing landscape for business and the economy, the University of Baltimore's Merrick School of Business has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation's Best Undergraduate Business Programs.

In the 2011 rankings of the nation’s best undergraduate business programs, the school tied with 30 other business schools from across the United States, including Duquesne University, Illinois State University, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Indiana University and the University of Maine, in the top half of the magazine's survey of hundreds of business schools. UB's ranking was one of only three business schools recognized in Maryland, the others being the Robert H. Smith School at the University of Maryland, College Park, and the Sellinger School of Business and Management at Loyola University Maryland.

"The Merrick School has always prided itself on delivering affordable, quality education. We continue to innovate in our curriculum to ensure that students receive a value-added education that delivers the knowledge, skills and competencies to be successful in not only the regional market but in the global workforce," said Darlene Smith, dean of the Merrick School of Business. "It is with great pride that we are recognized by our peers and U.S. News & World Report for our efforts and accomplishments."

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. Additional information is expected soon on the launch of its honors business program next fall.

The exclusive rankings, which include information on more than 1,400 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.

The 2011 Best Colleges edition features a thorough examination of how more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools compare on a set of up to 16 widely accepted indicators of excellence. Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings, the key measures of quality are peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

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