ST. LOUIS — Universities in the St. Louis region take up at least four spots in the top 150 best business programs ranking from U.S. News & World Report. A St. Louis university is near the top of the nationwide list, at No. 12, moving up two spots from last year.

Click here to see how Missouri and Illinois schools fared.

More than 20 Missouri schools are among U.S. News & World Report's 2020 ranking of the best colleges, as well as a top 20 ranking for Washington University. In addition, we included four Illinois schools (those in the St. Louis region) in our slideshow ranking, based on U.S.

According to U.S. News & World Report, the undergraduate business school rankings are based on the judgments of deans and senior faculty members at peer institutions.

Two people at each of the 504 undergraduate business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business rated the quality of all programs with which they were familiar. 

The fall 2019 semester is off to a good start at Lindenwood University, which had an increase in first-time students and applications for admission. More than 1,200 first-time students are on campus this fall, including traditional freshman, transfer, international and online students. About 1,165 are traditional freshman students, officials said.

U.S. News also asked the respondents to nominate the best programs in 12 business specialty areas such as accounting, marketing and finance. Programs that received the most mentions are listed on the magazine's website by total mentions. 

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Click here to see those rankings and the full list of best undergrad business programs.