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Princeton Review Names UT College of Business One of World's Best

Published: October 22, 2008
For the third year in a row, The University of Tampa John H. Sykes College of Business has been named by The Princeton Review as an outstanding business school — and one of the 296 best business schools in the world. The Princeton Review features the school in the recently published 2009 edition of Best Business Schools.

The Princeton Review compiled the list based on its surveys of 19,000 students attending the 296 business schools in the book during the 2007-08, 2006-07, and 2005-06 academic years. In The University of Tampa write up, students are quoted as saying that “teamwork and leadership skills” are “the focus of this MBA program,” and that professors here “have a genuine interest in students’ success and academic endeavors.” Students also praise the “beautiful campus” with “state-of-the-art 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 5,800 students who attend The University of Tampa, of which approximately 530 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 Franklin Templeton, Ernst & Young, Deloitte Services Inc., HSBC, Citigroup, Geico, Verizon Wireless, Raymond James Financial and SunTrust Bank.  

Within an 80,000 square-foot 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 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 listed only those schools accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The John H. Sykes College of Business is one of only 19 private schools in the Southeast accredited at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

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

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