Published: November 20, 2019

For the 13th 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 248 best business schools in the world.


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 Princeton Review tallied its “Best Business Schools for 2020” based on its surveys of administrators at business schools during the 2018-2019 academic year. They also took into account the opinions of students attending the schools about their campus and classroom experiences. For the 2020 list, The Princeton Review surveyed more than 20,700 students.

In the UT 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 enhance “interaction and active participation.” Lastly, students also praise the “beautiful campus” that includes “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 of Science degrees in accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing and cybersecurity. There are joint M.S./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 attracts students from around the globe and is renowned for graduating students who make an immediate impact in the business community and within their countries. 

“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 UT, including T. Rowe Price, Citigroup, Syniverse Technologies, Deloitte and Franklin Templeton Investments.

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, more than 1,300 data ports and Wi-Fi for high-speed access. It is also home to the Center for Ethics, the TECO Energy Center for Leadership, the Naimoli Institute for Business Strategy, the John P. Lowth Entrepreneurship Center and the Institute for Sales Excellence.

“We recommend The University of Tampa Sykes College of Business as an excellent choice for a student aspiring to earn an MBA,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief.

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.




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