University of Akron College of Business Administration

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The University of Akron
College of Business Administration
College of Business Administration Building
College of Business Administration Building
Type Public
Established 1953
Dean Ravi Krovi
Academic staff
Undergraduates 2,600
Postgraduates 450
Location Akron, Ohio, USA
41°04′39″N 81°31′04″W / 41.077523°N 81.517761°W / 41.077523; -81.517761Coordinates: 41°04′39″N 81°31′04″W / 41.077523°N 81.517761°W / 41.077523; -81.517761
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The University of Akron College of Business Administration (CBA) is the business school at The University of Akron, located in Akron, Ohio. The CBA has a total enrollment of nearly 2,600 undergraduate students and 450 graduate students.[1] There are 65 full-time and 48 part-time faculty members.[2] All of the CBA's programs are accredited by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.[3] The building that currently houses the college, which opened in 1991, is a four-story, 81,000-square-foot (7,500 m2) structure with 19 classrooms.[4]

There are several institutes and research centers at the CBA, including the Fisher Institute for Professional Selling, the Fitzgerald Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies,[5] the Institute for Global Business, the Taylor Institute for Direct Marketing, the Center for Information Technology and e-Business, the Center for Organizational Development, the Center for Research and Training in Information Security and Assurance and the Suarez Applied Marketing Research Laboratories.


The undergraduate division of the College of Business Administration was founded in 1953, originally with 14 full-time and 19 part-time faculty to instruct 107 students. In 1966, the college received full accreditation by AACSB International.

Its graduate program was introduced in 1958, and it received AACSB International accreditation in 1976.[6]

Undergraduate programs[edit]

For undergraduates, the College of Business Administration offers two degree programs – the Bachelor of Science in Accounting (BSA) and the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA). Students pursuing the BBA may select from among eleven different majors. The college also offers a variety of undergraduate minors and certificates. Undergraduate enrollment in the college is just under 2,600.[1]

Graduate programs[edit]

The graduate program admits students seeking the Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Management, Master of Science in Accountancy, and Master of Taxation degrees.[7] The enrollment is 450 students. The Fall 2011 entering class had a mean GMAT score of 592, and an average undergraduate GPA of 3.4. The average entering student is 29 years old with 4 years of work experience.[8]

In the MBA program, students can specialize in direct integrated marketing, e-business, entrepreneurship, finance, health-care management, international business, international finance, management, management of technology and innovation, strategic marketing, and supply-chain management.[5]

The Master of Science in Management program offers a concentration in information systems management.


In 2011, the CBA was ranked by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, for the third year in a row as one of the best undergraduate schools in the nation. In 2010, the CBA made a big leap from 93rd to 76th. In addition, the college was ranked #7 in the U.S. in recruiter satisfaction.[9]

BusinessWeek also ranked the CBA first in Ohio, and 39th nationally among public schools, for giving its students the biggest return on their tuition dollars after graduation.[10]

The CBA has been recently featured in The Princeton Review's "The Best 294 Business Schools: 2012 edition". This is the eighth consecutive year that the college has attained this recognition.[11]

The college's George W. Daverio School of Accountancy was nationally ranked by the Public Accounting Report (PAR) in its 30th Annual Survey of Accounting Professors (Vol. 35, Nov. 2010) in which over 1,700 accounting educators participated. The CBA's Accounting Program was ranked No. 22 for undergraduate accounting education.[12]

In a 2010 study conducted by the Center for Sales Leadership at DePaul University, the CBA’s sales management program was ranked # 3 out of 68 sales and sales management programs in the U.S. and Canada.[13]

In Best Colleges 2011, U.S. News ranked the CBA as one of the best undergraduate business programs in the nation. This ranking is based solely on peer assessment. U.S. News surveys deans and senior faculty at each undergraduate business program accredited by AACSB International and asks them to rate the quality of all programs with which they were familiar.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Student Profile Information. Accessed December 7, 2011
  2. ^ Information on Faculty. Accessed November 12, 2010
  3. ^ Accreditation information. Accessed October 15, 2009
  4. ^ Information on Facilities. Accessed October 15, 2009
  5. ^ a b School Profile at Accessed October 15, 2009
  6. ^ Mission statement and history. Accessed October 15, 2009
  7. ^ US News and World Report Accessed October 15, 2009
  8. ^ Profile at Princeton Review Accessed March 8, 2009
  9. ^ Top Undergraduate Business Programs 2010 Accessed March 18th, 2010
  10. ^ College of Business Administration ranked by BusinessWeek as one of the top undergraduate programs in U.S. Accessed April 4th, 2010
  11. ^ Princeton Review's "Best 294 Business Schools: 2012 Edition Accessed Dec 7, 2011
  12. ^ CBA Rankings Accessed December 7, 2011
  13. ^ CBA’s Sales Program Ranked # 3 in U.S. and Canada Accessed Nov 10, 2010
  14. ^ CBA Rankings Accessed January 25, 2011

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