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The Latest U.S. News Best Graduate Accounting Schools Ranking Will Take Your Mind Off of Coronavirus For a Minute

The 2021 U.S. News & World Report ranking of the best graduate accounting programs in the nation is out, and just in the nick of time to give you guys a diversion from being micromanaged while working at home or wondering if the partner who has a dry cough and didn’t cover his mouth just infected the whole office with COVID-19.

We’ll skip the pleasantries and get right to the ranking:

1. University of Texas at Austin (McCombs School of Business)
2. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Gies College of Business)
3. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School)
4. Brigham Young University (Marriott School of Business)
5. University of Chicago (Booth School of Business)
6. University of Michigan (Stephen M. Ross School of Business)
7. New York University (Leonard N. Stern School of Business)
8 (tie). Stanford University (Graduate School of Business)
8 (tie). University of Southern California (Marshall School of Business)
10 (tie). Ohio State University (Max M. Fisher College of Business)
10 (tie). University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler Business School)
12. Indiana University (Kelley School of Business)
13. Texas A&M University-College Station (Mays Business School)
14 (tie). Duke University (Fuqua School of Business)
14 (tie). Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan School of Management)
14 (tie). University of Notre Dame (Mendoza College of Business)
17 (tie). Boston College (Carroll School of Management)
17 (tie). Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper School of Business)
17 (tie). University of California-Berkeley (Haas School of Business)
20 (tie). Arizona State University (W.P. Carey School of Business)
20 (tie). Columbia University New York (Columbia Business School)
20 (tie). Fairfield University (Dolan School of Business)
20 (tie). Harvard University (Business School)
20 (tie). University of Florida (Warrington College of Business)
25 (tie). CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College (Zicklin School of Business)
25 (tie). Gonzaga University (School of Business Administration)
25 (tie). Loyola Marymount University (College of Business Administration)
25 (tie). Loyola University Maryland (Sellinger School of Business and Management)
25 (tie). Northwestern University (Kellogg School of Management)
25 (tie). Seattle University (Albers School of Business & Economics)
25 (tie). University of Washington (Michael G. Foster School of Business)
32 (tie). Cornell University (Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management)
32 (tie). Emory University (Goizueta Business School)
32 (tie). Michigan State University (Eli Broad Graduate School of Management)
32 (tie). Pennsylvania State University (Penn State)-University Park (Smeal College of Business)
32 (tie). Rice University (Jones Graduate School of Business)
32 (tie). University of Rochester (Simon Business School)
32 (tie). University of Scranton (Kania School of Management)
32 (tie). University of Virginia (Darden School of Business)
40 (tie). Fordham University (Gabelli School of Business)
40 (tie). Georgetown University (McDonough School of Business)
40 (tie). Saint Louis University (Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business)
40 (tie). University of California-Los Angeles (Anderson School of Management)
40 (tie). University of Texas at Dallas (Naveen Jindal School of Management)

The University of Texas at Austin goes back-to-back as the No. 1 graduate accounting school in the U.S. Nos. 1-4 stayed the same as last year, but the University of Chicago bumped the University of Michigan out of the fifth spot this year.

New to the ranking this year are:

  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Emory University
  • Rice University
  • University of Rochester
  • Fordham University
  • Georgetown University

Dropping out of this year’s ranking are:

  • University of Georgia
  • Wake Forest University
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Creighton University
  • Marquette University
  • University of Arizona
  • DePaul University
  • Bentley University
  • Xavier University
  • University of Iowa
  • Vanderbilt University

Note: There were 51 schools ranked in last year’s U.S. News list.

There really hasn’t been much good news lately, so if your alma mater is ranked by U.S. News, congrats. Take a minute to revel in the glory. Give yourself a high-five. Then wash your damn hands.