(Ames, Iowa) — The Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business achieved its highest national ranking in at least 12 years.

The 2021 Best National University Rankings, published today by U.S. News & World Report shows the college is tied at 42nd among public schools (up from 49th a year ago). Ivy is ranked 67th among accredited business schools in the U.S. (up from 79th a year ago). The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) accredits the college in both business and accounting.

“I couldn’t be more excited about this news. This is another example of how ours is a college on the move,” said Raisbeck Endowed Dean David Spalding.

The rise in rankings reflects a direct focus in many areas at the college.

“During my seven years here, we have hired high quality faculty and staff to support our students. In addition to academic support, our students have free access to professionals in our Communications Center and Business Career Services departments to help them improve their communications, their search and preparation for internships, interviews, and ultimately full-time employment. We continuously assess our curriculum and offer new programs when we know they will benefit our students and their future employers.”

Recent examples include the addition of undergraduate majors in actuarial science, business analytics, entrepreneurship and minors in business analytics and business technology consulting. “We also created a professional sales certificate that is open to all Iowa State University students. These are all examples of programs that will help our students succeed immediately when they graduate and begin their careers,” Spalding said.

See how Iowa State University did in today’s rankings.