Collins College of Business ranked #33 in Businessweek survey

Friday, March 04, 2011

Undergraduate business program named one of nation's best

cba studentsCollins College of Business at The University of Tulsa has been named one of the nation’s top undergraduate business schools, according to the most recent survey by Bloomberg Businessweek.

TU is ranked 33rd overall among the nation’s top 113 undergraduate business programs, according to the publication’s sixth annual survey released on March 3. The full report can be found at

Collins College of Business, unranked last year, showed the biggest jump in this year’s survey. TU ranked 21st among private universities in the survey and had the third lowest annual cost among private schools in the top 50. Collins also was among the top four programs in the southwest, including University of Texas, Southern Methodist University and Texas Christian University.

"Recent history has shown a lot of positive momentum developing at the Collins College of Business, as seen through its energized faculty, highly qualified students, refurbished physical facilities, and renewed emphasis on student services and job placement," said Gale Sullenberger, Dean of the Collins College of Business. "Our students, faculty, and staff are to be commended for their hard work, which is paying dividends on campus and in the business communities we serve."

Bloomberg Businessweek used nine measures to rank these programs, including surveys of senior business majors and corporate recruiters, median starting salaries for graduates, and the number of alumni each program sends to top MBA programs.  Bloomberg Businessweek also calculated an academic quality rating for each program by combining average SAT scores, student-faculty ratios, class size, the percentage of students with internships, and the number of hours students devote to classwork. Corporate recruiters surveyed for the rankings gave Collins College of Business high marks, ranking it 20th overall based on which programs turn out the best graduates, and which schools have the most innovative curricula and most effective career services.

The survey noted a job placement rate of 85 percent with the most recent class of Collins College of Business graduates earning a median starting salary of $48,250.

Bloomberg Businessweek also collected comments from students, who noted that Collins College of Business “combines small class size, exceptional faculty and staff, wide course variety, and up-to-date technology to provide an excellent experience for its students.”

Other students noted the college’s emphasis on student success and development. “Many of the professors (had) professional experience prior to their academic professions, which they bring to the classroom. Teaching from experience offers a great depth to classroom material and allow students to understand how business concepts are applied in the business world,” according to a student comment.

Helmerich Hall with SkyAbout the Collins College of Business

The Collins College of Business educates skilled and inspired business and health sciences professionals. Its emphasis on practical application and professional depth has helped graduates become leaders in their professions, organizations, and communities. The Collins College of Business emphasizes academic rigor, practical problem solving, hands-on experience, and teamwork while offering flexible programs that meet student and industry needs. To provide its students with an environment that encourages personal success, the college strives to maintain low student-to-faculty ratios, and 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.

Rick Arrington