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Press Release for Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Princeton Review Names Coggin College ‘Best Business’ School for Over a Decade

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 2018 edition of its annual guidebook, “The Best 267 Business Schools.” For the last 11 years, Coggin College has consecutively earned this recognition.

“We are very pleased that the Princeton Review has included the UNF Coggin College of Business in its prestigious list of ‘Best Business Schools’ for eleven consecutive years,” said. Dr. Mark Dawkins, dean of the Coggin College of Business at UNF. “This recognition is a testament to the outstanding faculty and staff in Coggin, the quality of our students, the relevance of our undergraduate and graduate programs and support from employers and corporate partners.”

UNF has recently received several other national designations, including 2018 “Best in the Southeast” by Princeton Review, 2018 “Best Regional” University by U.S. News & World Report, 2018 “Best Colleges” by College Factual and the 2017 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award and Diversity Champion, both from Insight into Diversity magazine, to name a few.

The Princeton Review tallied its lists based on its surveys of 23,000 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 Princeton Review doesn’t rank the schools in the book from 1 to 267 or name one business school best overall.

“We recommend UNF as one of the best to earn an MBA. We chose the 267 schools in this book based on our high regard for their academics and our assessment of institutional data we collect from the schools,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior vice president-publisher.

“The Best 267 Business Schools: 2018 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. One student says they “had the best experience with the teachers and students. It was an easy decision to continue my education at UNF.” The profile also says that Coggin has an “amazing logistics program.”

The profiles have five categories of ratings that The Princeton Review tallies based on institutional data it collected during the 2016-17 academic year and/or its student survey for the book. The ratings are scores on a scale of 60 to 99. Rating categories include academic experience, admissions selectivity, career, interesting professors and accessible professors. The Princeton Review explains the basis for each rating score in the book at

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, Massachusetts, 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.