About the College
Points of Pride
The USF College of Business boasts one of the nation's best accounting schools, a top-ranked entrepreneurship center, a nationally-ranked MBA program, and world-class research faculty. The USF College of Business and School of Accountancy are separately accredited by AACSB International - the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The hallmark of excellence in business education, AACSB's Board of Directors reaffirmed USF's accreditation in 2013, one of just 178 institutions worldwide certified for quality in both overall business and accounting programs. In November, Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranked our part-time MBA program higher than any other public university in Florida: No. 16 among public schools in the nation and No. 36 in the nation among both private and public universities. Our undergraduate program remained on BusinessWeek's best business schools list, and our information systems specialty was ranked in the top 25. USF was the only Florida school listed in Military Times "Best for Vets" business school ranking, coming in at No. 9. Our Center for Entrepreneurship was again ranked by Entrepreneur magazine and the Princeton Review; at No. 17, USF was ranked higher than any other university in the southeast.
- The University of South Florida part-time MBA program was ranked higher than any other public university in Florida in 2013. USF's College of Business was ranked No. 16 among all public
schools in the nation and No. 36 out of all private and public universities in the
nation including the University of Florida, Georgetown, Ohio State and Boston University.
The ranking of part-time MBA programs is based on a survey of recent graduates who
said the program was responsible for helping them reach career goals.
- According to Bloomberg Businessweek's 2013 rankings of undergraduate business schools,
USF's College of Business is ranked No. 25 for the information systems specialty. Being part of the prestigious ISDS program pays off outside the classroom. According
to an exit survey of spring 2012 graduates, the average salary of MIS graduates with
bachelor's degrees was $51,881 for those taking new positions. Graduates received
job offers from companies such as JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, DTCC, Microsoft, Nielsen,
AT&T, Ernst & Young, and Raymond James.
- Overall, Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranked USF as No. 129 in its 2013 list of the best undergraduate business schools in the nation.
- USF was the ONLY Florida school listed in Military Times "Best for Vets: Business Schools 2014" and was ranked No.9.
- The USF Center for Entrepreneurship was the highest ranking graduate entrepreneurship program in the Southeast. The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine ranked the graduate entrepreneurship
program No. 17 in the nation.
- The USF School of Accountancy is one of the nation's best: it was ranked in the Top
15 accounting programs in the "large programs" when it comes to first-time CPA exam
pass rates; it was ranked first in the nation in the accounting information systems
field in a ranking created by Brigham Young University; and its researchers are ranked No. 1 in the nation in accounting information systems
research, as well as in the top 30 in other areas of research (audit No. 21 and tax
No. 29), (2012 rankings released by Brigham Young University).
- USF information systems researchers were ranked No. 24 in the nation in terms of frequency of publications in the industry's top academic journals.
Additional Points of Pride
- A new $1.1 million grant will allow our School of Accountancy to enhance its programs. The grant will be used
to help students succeed in the rigorous upper-level accounting course sequence and
will allow us to creatively increase the number of quality accounting graduates to
meet the needs of employers in and beyond the region. Similarly, a $705,000 grant
will allow our ISDS Department to strengthen and grow its undergraduate information
systems program to address workforce needs in STEM areas. Both grants are from the
Florida Board of Governors' TEAm initiatives.
- USF has the ONLY Business Honors Program in Florida, helping the university to recruit high achieving students from across the nation.
The Bulls Business Community – a living learning center for honors students and other
top performers – is comprised of 105 students with an average 3.99 high school GPA,
1193 SAT score, and a 27 ACT score.
- This year, the Corporate Mentor Program served 93 first-generation college students and paired another 32 honors students
with mentors. Additionally, program staff hosted 65 events for the students and/or
mentors, helping prepare them for the workplace. Nearly $90,000 in scholarships was
provided to 29 Corporate Mentor participants. For three consecutive semesters, 100
percent of all graduating seniors who were active in the program were either placed
in meaningful jobs in their chosen field of study or had elected to attend graduate
school. A factor that makes this statistic even more impressive: 84 percent of the
students worked at least 20 hours per week, yet, collectively, the graduating seniors
who worked 20+ hours per week also maintained a 3.49 grade point average. Most of
the graduating students also served as an intern at least once during their college
- The USF Small Business Development Center received several grants to help small businesses grow and succeed. The U.S. Small
Business Administration and U.S. Department of Defense provided $1,179,000 in federal
funding to the SBDC. The State of Florida provided $606,000; USF Sarasota Manatee
provided $100,000; Pinellas County Economic Development provided $149,000; Hillsborough
County Economic Development provided $374,245; South Florida State College provided
$36,130; Hernando County provided $21,000; CareerSource Tampa Bay provided $75,000;
Bank United provided $25,000; and Saint Leo University provided $13,500.
- Business students explore the world as part of their USF educational experience. More than a quarter of all USF students who took advantage of summer study abroad excursions were business majors. Nearly 151 traditional students (a 10 percent increase over last year) and 40 Executive MBA students participated in one of nine faculty-led, business-specific programs. Some of these trips gave students the chance to explore established marketplaces and visit with global business leaders in distant locations such as Wales, Italy, the Czech Republic, and France. Others helped students understand the challenges facing emerging markets such as Argentina, Chile, India, or China. In the fall and spring semesters, roughly 15% of all study abroad participants were business majors. Some took part in semester-long exchange programs at internationally respected institutions.