Press Release for Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Princeton Review Names Coggin College a Best Business School

Joanna Norris, Associate Director 

Department of Public Relations 

(904) 620-2102 



The Coggin College of Business at the University of North Florida has been named an outstanding business school, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features UNF’s Coggin College in the new 2012 edition of its book, “The Best 294 Business Schools.” This is the fifth consecutive year Coggin College has earned this recognition.  


“I am delighted that our academic quality is recognized by The Princeton Review,” said Dr. Ajay Samant, dean of the Coggin College of Business at UNF. “The Coggin College provides a state-of-the-art business education that is current, relevant and applicable, with a variety of delivery options that facilitate the process of learning.” 


“The Best 294 Business Schools: 2012 Edition” has two-page profiles of the schools with write-ups on their academics, student life and admissions, plus ratings for their academics, selectivity and career placement services. In the profile on UNF, the Princeton Review editors say “ MBA students laud the small classes” at Coggin College, particularly the “online opportunities and evening classes” for students with full-time jobs. The profile also says that inside the classroom, “professors are eager to facilitate learning.” 


“We are pleased to recommend UNF’s Coggin College of Business to readers of our book and users of our site as one of the best institutions they could attend to earn and MBA,” said Robert Franek, senior vice president of publishing, Princeton Review. “We chose the 294 business schools in this book based on our high opinion of their academic programs and offerings, as well as our review of institutional data we collect from the schools.” 


The Princeton Review doesn’t rank the business schools in the book on a single hierarchical list from 1 to 294, or name one business school best overall. Instead, the book has 11 ranking lists of the top 10 business schools in various categories. Ten lists are based on The Princeton Review’s surveys of 19,000 students attending the 294 business schools profiled in the book. Only schools that permitted The Princeton Review to survey their students were eligible for consideration for these lists. Conducted during the 2010-11, 2009-10 and 2008-09 academic years, the student surveys were primarily completed online.  


“The Best 294 Business Schools: 2012 Edition” also has advice on applying to business schools and funding the degree. It is one of the more than 150 Princeton Review books published by Random House. The Princeton Review ( ) is also known for its guides to colleges and to standardized tests, its classroom and online test-prep courses, tutoring and other education services.  


In May 2006, Coggin College had two of its programs—Transportation and 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 allows these business programs to grow and expand.  


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.