Florida International University’s (FIU) College of Business continues to maintain its leading role in the development of new global business leaders, tying for eighth among the best undergraduate international programs in the country in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 edition of Best Colleges.
It is the second time in three years that the COB has ranked within the Top 10 in International Business. In 2013, the program ranked 10th, and in 2014, it held the 11th spot.
“Our strong global perspective and first-rate faculty give students in our international business program a powerful sense of engagement with world-wide business issues,” said David R. Klock, dean of the College of Business. “We are proud to be consistently recognized among the nation’s top programs, and we thank US News for this honor.”
The International Business program features a multi-disciplinary curriculum in which students take courses in international business, regional studies, and functional areas. It integrates seminar-style classes, study abroad opportunities and professional development activities.
Faculty, students help place COB among the nation’s best programs.
“Our program continues to be recognized in the top ten among all IB programs and we have maintained our position as one of the best programs for the last fifteen years,” said Karl G. Kroeck, chair, Department of Management and International Business. “It is a fantastic credit to our students, our faulty, our college and our university. Looking at the schools ranked above us and below us, it is clear that IB at FIU is among the elite and distinguished.”
Rankings for the best undergraduate business programs are based on a peer assessment survey conducted in spring 2014. To appear on this survey, programs must be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
The 2015 edition of Best Colleges includes data on nearly 1,800 schools nationwide. These are ranked on up to 16 measures of academic excellence, including class size, undergraduate graduation and retention rates, freshman test scores, financial resources, faculty resources, and alumni giving.
FIU is also listed as 13th among the 25 schools whose students graduated with the lightest debt load. According to U.S. News, the “average amount of debt” carried by FIU’s class of 2013 was $17,893. This ranking considered loans taken out by students from their colleges, from private financial institutions and federal, state and local governments.