Freeman School of Business
|A.B. Freeman School of Business|
|Endowment||$62 million |
|Location||New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
The Freeman School of Business, at Tulane University, is located in New Orleans, in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The school offers undergraduate programs, a full-time MBA program and other master's programs, doctoral programs, and many executive-education programs, and consistently ranks among the top business schools nationally and globally and was a charter member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in 1916.
The school is known in the finance community as the publisher of the Burkenroad Reports, and is regularly ranked among the top ten schools in finance by the Financial Times. Additionally, Entrepreneur Magazine consistently ranks the Freeman School among the top twenty schools for entrepreneurship; giving the school a ranking of #4 in 2009. The Financial Times's Global MBA Rankings 2010 ranked the Freeman School as the 35th best business school in the United States; the U.S. News & World Report ranked the MBA program 40th in 2011.
The school's main location, in the center of Tulane's Uptown New Orleans campus, is next to the Tulane University Law School and across a pedestrian thoroughfare (McAlister Place) from the university's student center. Every year, leading finance and M&A practitioners from throughout the United States come to Tulane to attend the Tulane Corporate Law Institute forum. The school was named in honor of Alfred B. Freeman, a former Coca-Cola Bottling Co. chairman and prominent New Orleans philanthropist.
In 1914, Tulane University's business school was founded as the "College of Commerce and Business Administration". Two years later, the school became one of the fourteen founding members of the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the nation’s accrediting body for business schools. In 1940, the school began offering the Master of Business Administration program. The Doctor of Philosophy program began in 1976, and the Executive MBA program began in 1983. Three years later, the school moved from Norman Mayer Memorial Hall, one of the oldest buildings on Tulane's campus, to its present home, Goldring/Woldenberg Hall. Since then, a separate graduate-programs building was constructed, giving the school two main buildings along McAlister Place in the center of Tulane's Uptown New Orleans campus.
Burkenroad Reports 
The Burkenroad Reports provide stock analyses of small- to mid-size companies throughout the Texas to Florida region of the United States. Many of these companies would otherwise not be covered by bulge bracket financial firms; consequently, the reports provide unique information that investors rely on, which helps the followed companies gain access to capital.
Students are the primary authors of the reports, and they get the opportunity to visit the followed companies and interview top management. This process allows students to gain practical and marketable stock analysis skills, as well as insight into strategic management.
Global Leadership program 
As part of their international-business concentration, all Freeman MBAs complete modules on conducting business in Latin America, Europe and Asia. Each module includes a trip to the region being reviewed, where classes are taught at local business schools and students get the opportunity to visit local businesses. Recent visits took place in Paris, Beijing, Mexico City, Monterrey, and Buenos Aires. Schools visited have included ITAM, Tsinghua University and EGADE.
Freeman Days 
Within the United States, the Freeman School annually hosts company visits at corporate headquarters in New York City, Houston, and Washington, D.C. New Orleans employers typically come directly to the Uptown New Orleans campus. The school refers to these events as "Freeman Days." Past employer-participants have included Morgan Stanley, Google, Booz Allen, and Goldman Sachs.
The global reach of the Freeman School's programs help it to attract a diverse student body with geographically-diverse post-graduation plans. Students come from, and find jobs in, cities throughout the United States and around the world.
Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship 
The Levy-Rosenblum Institute seeks to provide entrepreneurial-minded students with opportunities to develop entrepreneurial skills inside and outside of the classroom. As such, the program connects students with entrepreneurial professors and full-time entrepreneurs in a wide-variety of fields. Donations from the Levy-Rosenblum Foundation and other charitable entities have resulted in a great number of monetary-award-winning opportunities for Freeman students with entrepreneurial ideas. Because of the Institute's resources—including the ability to offer $200,000 annually in merit-based scholarships and an annual business-plan competition with a prize of $50,000—Tulane consistently ranks among the top 20 universities for entrepreneurship by Entrepreneur Magazine.
The school offers a Bachelor of Science in Management degree, as well as numerous graduate degrees, including the following: Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Accounting, Master of Finance, Master of Management, Master of Risk Management, Doctor of Philosophy.
Joint-degree Programs 
Joint-degree offerings include, but are not limited to, the MBA/JD (Law), MBA/MPH (Health Systems Management), MBA/MA (Latin American Studies), MBA/MD, MBA/BA, and Master of Accounting/BA.
The Freeman School maintains facilities in both New Orleans and Houston. Its two main buildings sit in the center of Tulane's Uptown New Orleans campus, which is located on St. Charles Avenue, across from Audubon Park.
Uptown New Orleans buildings 
Goldring/Woldenberg Hall I (GW I) was completed in 1986. It primarily houses the undergraduate programs. Construction of Goldring/Woldenberg Hall II (GW II) was completed in November 2003. The building sits next to GW I and across the street from Tulane's Lavin-Bernick Center (LBC), a state-of-the-art student center completed in 2006. GW II houses the graduate business programs and a trading room.
Trading room 
GW II also houses a trading room at the main entrance of the building. The room has ninety-eight flat-screen computer monitors (two for each work space), several televisions to provide news coverage, and a news ticker / stock ticker monitor that can be read from the nearby McAlister Place. All the desks have access to Bloomberg and Reuters financial databases. The trading room is meant to resemble similar spaces that can be found at banks and brokerage houses in London's Canary Wharf, New York City, Connecticut, Houston, and San Francisco.
In late November 2008, the university announced that donors are funding elimination of the street (McAlister Drive) between the Uptown business school and the cafeteria/bookstore, to transform the center of campus "into a vibrant, pedestrian environment." Between 2003 and 2009, the Entergy Corporation donated $1 million to the Freeman School to develop the Tulane Energy Institute, a program aimed to stimulate energy-related instruction. In March 2009, the university announced the designation of a $1.5 million donation to support in perpetuity an MBA/JD professor of national stature at Tulane.
Current faculty 
- Dr. John Elstrott, Chairman of Whole Foods Market
- Deen Kemsley, bulge-bracket accounting consultant
- Geoffrey Parker, co-originator of the two-sided market model
- Peter Ricchiuti, founder of Burkenroad Reports, former state chief investment officer
- Paul Spindt, former chair of the Federal Reserve System
- Scott Cowen, Tulane University president and economics professor
- Ricardo Salinas Pliego, MBA 1979, Mexican businessman, CEO of Grupo Elektra, 154th wealthiest person in the world in 2008 (worth $6.3 billion)
- Neil Bush, MBA 1979, brother of President George W. Bush and son of President George H.W. Bush; ex-savings and loan executive
- Regina Benjamin, MBA 1991, Surgeon General of the United States
- Ray Nagin, MBA 1994, Mayor of New Orleans (D); former General Manager of Cox Communications
- Andrew Friedman, BS (Finance) 1999, became General Manager of the Tampa Bay Rays at age 28
- Shannon Burchett, MBA, CEO, Risk Limited Corp; developer of RiskRank credit rating systems
- Jordan Bratman, music marketer
- Chandler J. Rapson, BSM, CEO of FSAI
- Dominik Knoll, M.B.A., CEO of World Trade Center New Orleans
- John Runningen, MBA 1977, Managing Director, Runningen Associates, Atlanta; former Senior VP at WebMD
- John Koerner III, MBA/JD 1970, former President and Co-Owner of Barq's Root Beer Inc.
- Stanley E. Ellington Jr., MBA 1972, Managing Director, Dahlman Rose & Co.
- Jay Lapeyre, MBA/JD 1977, President of Laitram Corp.
- Nancy L. Shanik, MBA 1978, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal, New York
- Kevin Rafferty, MBA 1979, Executive Vice President, Iberiabank Corp., Houston
- Daniel L. Fink, MBA/MPH 1984, CEO of Riley Hospital for Children, the sixth-largest children's hospital in the United States
- Michael Barton, MBA 1985, KPMG partner (San Francisco)
- Christopher Callahan, BSM 2007, founder, nation's first Four-Year Triple Degree Program (JD/MBA/Tax LL.M) at the University of Miami 
- Stephen J. Borders, BS Management / Accounting 1985, Principal, Advantage Capital Partners
- James Burke, MBA, CEO of TXU Energy
- David B. Davis, BSM 1985, Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton
- Gerald Lema, MBA 1986, President, Baxter International, Inc., Asia Pacific region
- A. M. Thurber, MBA 1985, Managing Director, Zurich Surety
- John Nolan, BSM 1986, CFO, Quadel Consulting
- Mark S. Livingston, BSM 1987, CFO, Emerson, Reid & Co. (New Jersey)
- Keith Blackwell, MBA 1988, Founder & CEO of Bristol Technology Inc.
- Vijay Parmar, MBA 1988, founder, president and CEO of GainSpan Corp.
- John Ragan, MBA 1988, Chief Operating Officer, NRG Energy
- Robert W. Mouton, MBA/JD 1989, New Orleans partner of Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell
- Douglas Downing, MBA 1990, CFO, Canal Barge Company, Inc., New Orleans
- John W. Hadden II, CEO of IRX Therapeutics
- Waajid Siddiqui, MBA/JD 1991, New York City partner of Hogan & Hartson
- Sagar Bhimavarapu, MBA 1992, Executive Director at JP Morgan Chase & Co. (New York)
- David Morris, MBA 1994, managing director of Oracle Capital Partners (Detroit); named one of the “Top 50 Under 50” by DiversityMBA Magazine
- Rick L. Rambo, MBA/JD 1994, Houston partner of Morgan Lewis
- Frank Russo, MBA 1992, Senior Manager, Deloitte & Touche LLP
- Michael S. du Quesnay, MBA/JD 1995, Los Angeles partner of Dewey & LeBoeuf
- Eduardo S. Espinosa, MBA/JD 1995, Dallas partner of K&L Gates
- Timothy W. Goodly, MBA 1995, Senior Vice President at CNN Worldwide
- Paul Friedman, MBA/JD 1996, Senior Vice President at Sony Pictures Entertainment
- Roth Kehoe, MBA/JD 1996, Atlanta partner of Hunton & Williams
- Andrew P. Schmutz, MBA/JD 1996, Philadelphia partner of Greenberg Traurig
- Tristan E. Propst, MBA/JD 1998, Houston partner of Mayer Brown
- Filip Verfaillie, BSM 1998, Vice President, Citigroup (NYC)
- Steven Halperin, BSM Economics and Finance 1999, Managing Director, Barclays Capital, New York
- David Rohrbach, MBA 1999, Director, Credit Suisse, Chicago
- Jairo Perez, BSM Accounting 1994 / MBA 2000, Finance Director, Emerson Process Management, Mexico City
- Colleen E. Laduzinski, MBA/JD 2000, New York City partner of Jones Day
- Duce Lazarov, BSM 2000, Vice President, Deutsche Bank (NYC)
- James O'Neil, MBA/MA 2000, Manager, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP
- Ben Turner, MBA 2003, CEO, Ibelong Networks
- Mark Lumpkin, MBA 2004, Vice President, The Royal Bank of Scotland
- Rod West, MBA 2005, President & CEO of Entergy New Orleans
- Lara Seeburg, MBA 2005, Vice President, Morgan Stanley (NYC)
- Jacky Wu, MBA 2005, Vice President - Financial Planning and Analysis, American Tower Corporation (Boston); named one of the “Top 100 Under 50” by DiversityMBA Magazine
- Kurt Modarelli, MBA, Managing Director-Head of Fixed Income, Legend Merchant Group, New York
- Marc Lauricella, MBA, Chief Marketing Officer, Praetorian Financial Group, New York
- Lauren Haas, Vice President, J.P. Morgan (NYC)
- John M. Porter, CFO, Astrotech, Houston
- Ford F. Graham, MBA/JD, Vice-Chairman and President, Miller Petroleum, Inc., and Managing Partner of Vulcan Partners
Several news publications, including the Financial Times, Forbes, América Economía and the U.S. News & World Report, regularly rank the Freeman School among the top 50 business schools in the nation. Individually, the Finance department has been ranked among the top 10 in the world by the Financial Times on several occasions. Also, Entrepreneur Magazine has consistently ranked Freeman among the top 20 schools for entrepreneurship.
MBA program ranked 4th by Entrepreneur Magazine in 2009, 17th in 2008, and 13th in 2006
MBA program ranked 35th in the U.S. by the Financial Times in 2010.
MBA program was ranked 40th by U.S. News & World Report in 2011.
MBA program ranked 22nd by AméricaEconomía magazine in 2006, and 24th in 2008
MBA program ranked 39th on Fortune magazine's list of the Top 50 B-Schools for Getting Hired (February 2007)
MBA program ranked 46th by the Financial Times (2008)
Undergraduate business program ranked 43rd by U.S. News & World Report (Sept. 2008)
Executive MBA program ranked 6th in Latin America by AméricaEconomía magazine (August 2006)
Tulane University’s Freeman School, which admitted in January that it submitted inflated data to U.S. News for five consecutive years, tumbled 24 places this year to a rank of 67th based on the now accurate information it gave to U.S. News for the ranking. The school had said it inflated average GMAT scores by an average 35 points for five straight years from 2007 through 2011. Freeman also conceded that it had falsely increased the number of completed applications it received by an average of 116 applications over the same time period. U.S. News tossed Tulane out of its ranking as a result of the admission, but the school was back in this year. 
This year, Tulane said the average GMAT score for its just enrolled class of full-time MBA students was 629–some 41 points below its reported number of 670 last year. The school’s acceptance rate ballooned to 82.9%, up from the reported 56.7% number last year. The average grade point average also showed a slight decline to 3.24, from 3.30 last year, and the percentage of graduates who had job offers by commencement plummeted to 54.9%, from a reported 78.8% a year earlier.
See also 
- Burkenroad Reports
- List of business schools in the United States
- List of United States business school rankings
- Tulane Corporate Law Institute
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