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Eller moves up in rankings, MIS No. 1 in the country

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In the most recent U.S. News and World Report's America's Best College issue, the UA Eller College of Management improved in several rankings and its overall success as a program.

Eller's management information systems program is ranked first out of all public universities nationally. The college itself has been ranked ninthin comparison to other public universities' business programs, hitting the top 10 for the first time since 2007.

Moving up from No. 22 last year, the undergraduate program is ranked No. 19 among business schools nationwide. Eller's department of accounting is ranked No. 34 overall and the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship is ranked No. 7 nationally.

“Eller is improving in quality through its external indicators," said Paulo Goes, dean of Eller. "While the external qualities are important, students have begun to look at the internal indicators as well. If you look at the admission qualifications for Eller, they are raising—placement numbers for students applying for jobs after graduation are getting better and better as we speak.”

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For recent graduates of Eller, 84 percent acquire jobs directly after graduation, and less than 60 days later, 100 percent of these students either earn a job or attend graduate school, according to Goes.

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Eller currently holds a spot in the same academic category as the University of Michigan, the University of California Berkeley and the University of Virginia's business schools—all ranked in the top 10.

Sarah Diaz, director of professional development at Eller, said their undergraduate program is excellent from the class perspectives and sizes to the material taught.

Diaz, who is a UA alumna, has been working for Eller for 11 years.

"I have seen it grow since I graduated," Diaz said. "Eller started out as an office of two people (myself and the director), until a proposal of a directed approach for professional development was built, and Eller has thrived ever since."

Currently, there are 39 student clubs who meet through Eller every week in hopes of engaging students with the department and its different activities.

"I love the collaboration of projects that Eller offers for me to engage with other students within the program," said Jake Stone, a finance senior. "I also love the networking events that Eller provides."

Diaz said over the last four years, a significant amount of career coaches with industry experience have been hired to help Eller's students progress through the program.

Placement numbers for these students and their application acceptance for influential companies following graduation have increased by 14 percent—this is a huge jump for the department, according to Goes.


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