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SF State’s College of Business earning national reputation

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Since relocating to its downtown campus at the beginning of 2007, San Francisco State University’s College of Business has become enmeshed in the fabric of the local business community.

“Up-and-Coming Program” Praised in Princeton Review

the princeton review 301 best busines schools, 2010 editionStrategically situated at the intersection of the city’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 region’s largest employers, including Wells Fargo, PG&E, Genentech, UCSF and others, regularly send their promising leadership talent through the university’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 Review’s “Best 301 Business Schools” 2010 edition, SF State is described as “Affordable, convenient and exceptionally well-located…a great place to get a broad-based MBA.” Based on surveys of students and alumni, the Review praises SF State’s accounting program, its international business department and an “excellent and growing program in sustainable business.”

princeton review 2009-10 book coverThe Review also notes the College of Business’s move from the main campus to the downtown facility, saying that “SF State now boasts one of the best business school locations in the Bay Area, offering students unparalleled proximity to the financial district” and access to global business leaders an entrepreneurs. The faculty is characterized by “a high level of working knowledge for their areas” and for “uniting academic theory with practical insights.”

While not the only factor in the school’s success, the downtown location has energized SF State’s business alumni network and helped forge connections with major employers. Says the Princeton Review, “An 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.” In the category of “best opportunities for minority students,” the Review ranks SF State’s College of Business eighth in the country.

Kudos for Conscience from the Aspen Institute

Top 100 Beyond Grey Pinstripes 2009-10; preparing MBAs for social and environmental stewardshipAt 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 Institute’s biannual “Beyond Grey Pinstripes” Global 100 rankings, SF State’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

Between its location, rigor and reputation, San Francisco State offers MBA programs competitive with some of the region’s premier institutions?—?all at state university tuition levels, making SF State’s College of Business the best value in business education in the Bay Area.

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