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Press Release for Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Princeton Review Names UNF Coggin College Best Business School

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

The Coggin College of Business at the University of North Florida is one of the nation’s most outstanding business schools, according to The Princeton Review. The company features UNF’s Coggin College in the new 2015 edition of its annual guidebook, “The Best 296 Business Schools.” This is the eighth consecutive year Coggin College has earned this recognition.

“We are very pleased to see that the Princeton Review has once again included the UNF Coggin College of Business in its list of ‘Best Business Schools.’ This recognition is a testament to the outstanding faculty in Coggin and the excellent undergraduate and graduate programs for our students,” said Dr. Earle Traynham, interim dean of the Coggin College of Business at UNF.

This latest recognition comes on the heels of UNF receiving several other national designations, including Best Regional University, Best Online Programs and Best Online Graduate Education Program, all by U.S. News & World Report, Best in the Southeast and Best Value College, both by Princeton Review, Best College by College Factual and Top Florida College for Return on Investment by The College Database, to name a few.

The Princeton Review tallied its lists based on its surveys of 21,600 students attending the business schools profiled in the book. The 80-question survey asked students to rate their schools on several topics and report on their experiences at them. Some ranking list tallies also factored in school-reported data.

“The Best 296 Business Schools: 2015 Edition” has two-page profiles of the schools with write-ups on academics, student life and admissions. In the profile on UNF, the Princeton Review describes UNF as “the best school in Jacksonville,” and MBA students laud the “small classes” at Coggin College. The profile also says that Coggin has an “amazing logistics program.”

The Princeton Review doesn’t rank the business schools hierarchically. “Each school in our book offers outstanding academics: no business school is ‘best’ overall,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior vice president-publisher. “We publish rankings in several categories along with our detailed profiles of the schools to give applicants the broader information they need to determine which school will be best for them.”

The ranking tallies factor in data from Princeton Review’s surveys of business school students completed online at during academic years 2013-14, 2012-13 and 2011-12. The survey asked students about their school’s academics, student body and campus life, as well as their career plans. On average, 73 students at each business school were surveyed for the lists in the book’s 2015 edition. All institutional data reported in the book was collected in 2013-14.

In May 2006, Coggin College had two of its programs—Transportation and Logistics and International Business—selected as UNF 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.

The Princeton Review ( is an education services company headquartered in Natick, MA, with locations across the U.S. and abroad. It’s known for its classroom and online test-prep courses, tutoring services and line of 150 books published by Random House.

UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.