Sykes College of Business Again Named One of the World's Top Business Schools

Published: Oct 10, 2013

For the eighth year in a row, The University of Tampa’s Sykes College of Business has been named as an outstanding business school by the Princeton Review — and recognized as one of the 295 best business schools in the world. The Princeton Review features the school in the 2013 edition of The Best 295 Business Schools.

The Princeton Review tallied its ranking lists based on its surveys of 20,300 students attending the 295 business schools during the 2012-2013, 2011-2012 and 2010-2011 academic years. 

In The University of Tampa write up, students are quoted as saying that at the Sykes College of Business “the academic experience is excellent. The school has built an environment that pushes the students to talk to each other, and ask each other for support,” and that “The University of Tampa does an excellent job preparing you for the business world.” Students also appreciate the “cheap tuition,” and that “most of the classes require heavy interaction instead of just the instructor speaking.” 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, full-time and executive MBA schedules.

Frank Ghannadian, dean of the Sykes College of Business, said the College of Business is renowned for graduating students who are well prepared to make immediate impacts in the business community.

“I’m proud of all the business students who work extremely hard to reach their goals, faculty who are outstanding teachers and scholars and the vibrant business community that supports the College of Business every day,” Ghannadian said.

Ghannadian added that numerous businesses recruit annually at The University of Tampa, 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 and the UT Entrepreneurship Center.

“We recommend The University of Tampa Sykes College of Business as one of the best institutions a student could attend to earn a business school degree,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior vice president-publisher. “We chose the schools we profile in this book based on our high regard for their academic programs and our reviews of institutional data we collect from the schools.”

The Sykes College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and is one of the few business schools in the Southeast accredited at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. The UT MIS program is one of only 33 universities — and the only one in Florida — that has earned information systems accreditation from ABET and resides in an AACSB accredited school of business.

The Best 295 Business Schools is one of more than 150 Princeton Review books published by Random House.