Press Release for Thursday, October 5, 2006

UNF's Coggin College Among 'Best' Business Schools

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The Coggin College of Business at the University of North Florida is an outstanding business school, according to The Princeton Review. The New York-based education services company features UNF’s Coggin College in the just-published 2007 edition of its “Best 282 Business Schools.”

"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, vice president of publishing for Princeton Review. “We are pleased to recommend the University of North Florida’s Coggin College of Business to readers of our book and users of our website as one of the best institutions they could attend to earn an MBA.”

“Best 282 Business Schools” has two-page profiles of the schools, which highlight academics, student life and admissions, plus ratings for academics, selectivity and career placement services. In the Coggin College profile, the Princeton Review editors describe the business program as “an excellent choice for the sensible business student.” They quote Coggin College students saying, “I am very pleased with my professors at UNF who have been a part of corporate America. They have brought valuable experience into the classroom.”

The Princeton Review does not rank the schools in the book on a single hierarchical list from 1 to 282, or name one business school best overall. The lists are based on The Princeton Review's surveys of 18,000 students attending the 282 business schools profiled in the book. Conducted during the 2005-06, 2004-05 and 2003-04 academic years, the student surveys were done primarily online.

In May, Coggin College had two of its programs—Transportation&Logistics and International Business—selected as UNF’s latest flagship programs. Both business programs were selected because they are of the highest caliber and each has the potential to draw talented students from around the world, tackle cutting-edge research projects and help solve problems facing today’s businesses. This recognition of excellence will allow these business programs to grow and expand. A total of $1.25 million dollars annually has been set aside for these programs and other flagship programs.

With more than 3,800 students, the Coggin College’s mission is to educate and develop business professionals through rigorous, relevant accredited degree programs offered by faculty devoted to student learning and engaged in scholarly activities. Since 1976, the Coggin College of Business has been accredited by AACSB—only one in five business schools are awarded the accreditation, which honors the best business schools in the world. The AACSB is the world leader in accreditation for business education.