Princeton Review lists Collins College of Business among nation's best

Monday, November 08, 2010

TU college appears in “The Best 300 Business Schools: 2011 Edition”

The Princeton Review has recognized the Collins College of Business at The University of Tulsa as one of the nation’s top business schools, according to “The Best 300 Business Schools” released last month.

The 2011 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 the Collins College of Business, the Princeton Review editors say, “The University of Tulsa operates a rigorous and contemporary MBA program within the context of a small, friendly, private school environment. With a low student-to-professor ratio, class sizes are uniformly small, and you really get a chance to develop relationships with the faculty and other students. In the classroom, the teaching staff gets top marks for experience: Many of them are leaders in their fields and have remained very current and relevant to the vast changes we are seeing economically and globally.”

The profile includes quotes from students attending the college who say administrators are, “constantly seeking outside input from various companies and individuals so that their students are as best prepared upon graduation as they can be.” For example, business ethics has received more emphasis in the curriculum, which one student calls “refreshing and relevant.”

“The faculty and staff in the Collins College of Business are honored that our academic programs are again featured in The Princeton Review’s annual survey, especially because their work so strongly reflects the opinions of our most important customers – our students,” said Gale Sullenberger, dean of the Collins College of Business. “We continually work to provide students with a premier business education that prepares them for successful careers and to make an immediate impact upon graduation.”

The Princeton Review's 80-question survey for the book asked students about themselves, their career plans, and their schools’ academics, student body and campus life. The Princeton Review does not rank the business schools in the book on a single hierarchical list from 1 to 300 nor name one business school best overall. Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior vice president for publishing, noted that the business schools were chosen for inclusion based on the strength of their academic offerings.

The Collins College of Business focuses on flexible programs, which meet the needs of its students, while providing graduates who meet the needs of the business and health care communities. To provide its students with an environment that encourages personal success, the college strives to maintain low student-to-faculty ratios in its classes and of course, classes taught by full-time college faculty.

The Collins College of Business is accredited at the undergraduate and graduate levels by AACSB International, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the highest standard of achievement for business schools. Less than one-third of U.S. business schools and less than 5 percent of business schools worldwide meet the standards of AACSB International.