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LAKELAND (Jan. 14, 2021) – Poets&Quants for Undergrads, the leading online publication for undergraduate business education news, ranks Florida Southern College’s Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise at No. 52 among the nation’s top 93 undergraduate business programs for 2021.

Only two other business schools in Florida were included in Poets&Quants’ fifth annual Best Undergraduate Business Schools rankings, which were unveiled on Jan. 12.

“The Poets&Quants ranking is particularly important because they have the largest team of journalists covering business schools,” said Dr. Michael Weber, dean of FSC’s Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise. “In a typical month, P&Q will run 20 times as many stories on business schools and business programs than other well-known business periodicals. Thus, our ranking in P&Q is a validation of our program quality by industry experts, and it facilitates awareness of FSC with a very large audience.”

Poets & Quants for Undergrads compiled the exclusive 2021 rankings based on school-reported data and a representative survey of more than 6,100 alumni. Recent graduates of the 93 schools profiled were surveyed on topics such as faculty availability, extracurricular opportunities, and accessibility to the alumni network.

FSC’s Barnett Business School made its debut on P&Q’s third annual comprehensive ranking of undergraduate business programs for 2019, released in December 2018. The following year, FSC’s ranking rose from No. 83 to No. 74. 

“Last year, we stated that we would continue to climb the P&Q ranking ladder and we have delivered on that promise,” Dr. Weber said. “Jumping from No. 74 to No. 52 is an amazing achievement. Even more remarkable, the P&Q 2021 Report Card specifically notes that Florida Southern scored higher than all other universities and colleges — including Wake Forest and Southern Methodist — as rated by alumni, in the Quality of Teaching in Business Courses category.”

Dr. Weber credited the efforts of many individuals in the Barnett Business School and throughout the FSC campus for this continuing recognition as part of P&Q’s prestigious annual ranking of undergraduate business programs.


About Florida Southern College Founded in 1883, Florida Southern College is the oldest private college in Florida. The College maintains its commitment to academic excellence through 70+ undergraduate programs and distinctive graduate programs in business administration, education, nursing, and physical therapy. Florida Southern has a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio; is an award-winning national leader in engaged learning; and boasts 30 NCAA Division II national championships. It is ranked among the top 10 Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report in its 2021 “Best Colleges” guide, and is included in The Princeton Review’s 2021 “386 Best Colleges” guide, the “Fiske Guide to Colleges 2021,” and Forbes magazine’s “America’s Top Colleges” guide. The College is committed to the development of the whole student through vibrant student life programs that prepare graduates to make a positive, consequential impact on society. FSC is conveniently located within an hour’s drive of both Orlando and Tampa. FSC is home to the world’s largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2012. Named the “Most Beautiful Campus in the Nation” for two consecutive years by The Princeton Review and one of the nation’s “Ten College Campuses with the Best Architecture” by Architectural Digest, Florida Southern is an internationally-recognized place of beauty and academic excellence.

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