SF Stateâ€™s College of Business earning national reputation
News + Events : SF Stateâ€™s College of Business earning national reputation
Since relocating to its downtown campus at the beginning of 2007, San Francisco State Universityâ€™s College of Business has become enmeshed in the fabric of the local business community.
â€œUp-and-Coming Programâ€ Praised in Princeton Review
Strategically situated at the intersection of the cityâ€™s financial district, the retail core and the burgeoning SoMa tech scene, SF State has benefitted from access to worldclass companies while providing Bay Area businesses with a rich talent pool of MBA candidates and graduates. Its programs are rigorous and competitive, earning the highest accreditation possible. Some of the regionâ€™s largest employers, including Wells Fargo, PG&E, Genentech, UCSF and others, regularly send their promising leadership talent through the universityâ€™s MBA and accelerated Executive MBA programs.
Having raised its profile locally, the College of Business is now enjoying some important national recognition as well. In the Princeton Reviewâ€™s â€œBest 301 Business Schoolsâ€ 2010 edition, SF State is described as â€œAffordable, convenient and exceptionally well-locatedâ€¦a great place to get a broad-based MBA.â€ Based on surveys of students and alumni, the Review praises SF Stateâ€™s accounting program, its international business department and an â€œexcellent and growing program in sustainable business.â€
The Review also notes the College of Businessâ€™s move from the main campus to the downtown facility, saying that â€œSF State now boasts one of the best business school locations in the Bay Area, offering students unparalleled proximity to the financial districtâ€ and access to global business leaders an entrepreneurs. The faculty is characterized by â€œa high level of working knowledge for their areasâ€ and for â€œuniting academic theory with practical insights.â€
While not the only factor in the schoolâ€™s success, the downtown location has energized SF Stateâ€™s business alumni network and helped forge connections with major employers. Says the Princeton Review, â€œAn up-and-coming business program, SF State has improved placement possibilities for its students in recent years, thanks to its prime location, growing reputation, and heightened focus on career development.â€ In the category of â€œbest opportunities for minority students,â€ the Review ranks SF Stateâ€™s College of Business eighth in the country.
Kudos for Conscience from the Aspen Institute
At a time when business is being held to higher standards of environmental and social responsibility, San Francisco State has been recognized among the business schools doing the best job of instilling those values in future leaders.
In the Aspen Instituteâ€™s biannual â€œBeyond Grey Pinstripesâ€ Global 100 rankings, SF Stateâ€™s College of Business ranked 29th globally and in the top 25 in the U.S. The ranking reflects the extent to which the MBA program covers environmental, ethical and social issues across the curriculum. SF State was one of just two state universities in the top 50, reflecting its resourcefulness in competing with private and endowed institutions. See the full rankings at http://www.beyondgreypinstripes.org/.
Between its location, rigor and reputation, San Francisco State offers MBA programs competitive with some of the regionâ€™s premier institutions?â€”?all at state university tuition levels, making SF Stateâ€™s College of Business the best value in business education in the Bay Area.