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UT’s College of Business Named One of World’s Top Business Schools

Published: October 14, 2010
For the fifth year in a row, The University of Tampa’s John H. Sykes College of Business has been named an outstanding business school by The Princeton Review – and recognized as one of the 300 best business schools in the world. The Princeton Review features the school in its 2011 edition of “The Best 300 Business Schools.”

The Princeton Review compiled the list based on evaluations of schools’ academic excellence and surveys of students during the 2009-10, 2008-09, and 2007-08 academic years. In the UT write-up, students are quoted as saying that “the academic experience is excellent…The University of Tampa does an excellent job preparing you for the business world.” Students also appreciate the “cheap tuition,” and that faculty members “are willing to give their personal cell phone numbers and adapt to office hours at the students’ availability.” Lastly, students also praise the “beautiful campus” with “a business building that is top notch, with up-to-date facilities.”

The Sykes College of Business offers both undergraduate and graduate coursework. Graduate students can pursue an MBA, as well as master’s of science degrees in accounting, finance and marketing. There are joint MS/MBA degrees, as well as part-time and Saturday MBA schedules.

There are 6,500 students who attend The University of Tampa, of which approximately 525 are graduate students in the College of Business.

Frank Ghannadian, dean of the College of Business, said students at UT are successful in that they have ample opportunities to mix class work with real-world business application.

“The College of Business is renowned for graduating students who are well prepared to make immediate impacts in the business community,” Ghannadian said. In fact, he added, numerous businesses recruit annually at UT, including T. Rowe Price, Citigroup, Syniverse Technologies, Coca-Cola Enterprises and Franklin Templeton Investments.

Within an 80,000 sq.-ft. facility, the College of Business offers state-of-the-art resources such as the Huizenga Family Foundation Trading Center and more than 1,300 data ports and Wi-Fi for high-speed access. It is also home to the Center for Ethics, TECO Energy Center for Leadership, Naimoli Institute for Business Strategy, Florida Entrepreneurship Center and the Florida Directors’ Institute.

The Princeton Review surveyed only those schools accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The John H. Sykes College of Business is one of the few business schools in the Southeast accredited at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

“We chose the 300 business schools in this book based on our high opinion of their academic programs and offerings, as well as our review of institutional data we collect from the schools,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review Senior VP-Publishing. “We also strongly consider the candid opinions of students attending the schools who rate and report on their campus experiences at their schools on our survey for the book. We are pleased to recommend The University of Tampa to readers of our book and users of our site, , as one of the best institutions they could attend to earn an MBA.”

“The Best 300 Business Schools” provides academic, admission, financial aid, campus life and career information for each school listed. The book was released today by Random House and can be purchased at local and online bookstores.