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University of West Florida College of Business maintains prestigious AACSB Business Accreditation

The College of Business at the University of West Florida officially maintained its business accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). Accreditation confirms that the curriculum, faculty, students and management of the UWF business programs meet the highest standard of quality, rigor and relevance.

AACSB Accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education and has been earned by less than 5 percent of the world’s business programs. Today, there are 650 business schools in 50 countries and territories that maintain AACSB Accreditation.

With a focused priority on teaching excellence, supported by scholarship and service, the College of Business prepares students for successful careers in business and society and, in doing so, advances the educational and economic development of Northwest Florida.

“We are very proud of our students and faculty and the notable and highly successful alumni of the College of Business,” said Ed Ranelli, Dean of the College of Business. “The UWF College of Business offers an excellent, student-oriented learning environment involving a strong team of motivated students, an engaging faculty and a caring group of advisors and departmental personnel.”

Recently, the College of Business received a ranking of No. 5 in the U.S. for first-time pass rates by small accounting programs on the CPA exam, according to results released by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). UWF was competing against 266 institutions classified as small programs with 10 to 20 reported candidates.

Additionally, UWF business students continue to score in the top 20 to 30 percentile nationally on Major Field Tests measuring students’ preparation for successful careers in business, which is given annually to over 60,000 business students at 300 U.S. business schools.

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Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate and graduate degrees. AACSB is the premier accreditation organization for schools of business.