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

Published: October 20, 2009
For the fourth 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 301 best business schools in the world. The Princeton Review features the school in the 2010 edition of “The Best 301 Business Schools.”

The Princeton Review compiled the list based on evaluations of schools’ academic excellence and surveys of students during the 2008-09, 2007-08, and 2006-07 academic years. In The University of Tampa write up, students are quoted as saying that “the academic experience is excellent…[UT] strives to remain cutting edge by preparing students as leaders in this new global marketplace.” 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 John H. Sykes College of Business offers both undergraduate and graduate coursework. Graduate students can pursue an MBA, as well as master’s degrees in accounting, finance and marketing. There are joint MBA degrees, as well as a part-time, full-time and Saturday MBA schedules.

There are 6,200 students who attend The University of Tampa, of which approximately 430 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 classroom 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 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, Florida Entrepreneur and Family Business 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 301 business schools in this book based on our opinion of their academic programs and offerings, as well as our review of institutional data we collect from the schools. 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,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review Senior VP-Publishing. “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 301 Business Schools” provides academic, admission, financial aid, campus life and career information for each school listed. The book was released by Random House/Princeton Review and can be purchased at local and online bookstores.