Message from the Dean
Whoever said you can't have it all never visited us here at Barry. We simultaneously provide the benefits of both a large university and small college and have received numerous accolades for both what we do and how we do it.
The Andreas School is accredited by AACSB-International, which has been described by Forbes as the "gold standard of accreditation" for business schools. Less than one third of U.S. business schools and less than 10 percent of the world's business schools have achieved business and/or accounting accreditation from AACSB. More noteworthy, however, is the fact that it is extremely rare for a school of our small size to have this accreditation. Our largest classroom holds 35 students, our average class size is 19 and two-thirds of classes have fewer than 25 students enrolled.
For a small school we offer tremendous variety, including five undergraduate and six MBA areas of concentration, as well as a five-year BS/MBA option. Students are also able to take great advantage of courses available at the eight other schools at Barry, including four dual-degree MBA programs. We also provide dedicated, individualized academic advising and career services, the latter of which remain available after graduation. Our being named to the Princeton Review's list of "Best Business Schools" is further evidence of the quality of our programs and the educational experience we offer.
Our faculty bring substantial business experience to the classroom along with Ph.D.s from schools such as Harvard, MIT and Penn. They include Fulbright scholars, journal editors, government advisors and consultants. Their qualifications are even more impressive in light of the fact that we are a teaching institution. Recruiting and retention of faculty is based, first and foremost, on teaching ability and effectiveness and we are proud of and distinguished by the fact that we are the only AACSB-accredited school in the area whose mission is based on teaching. We take further pride in the fact that, despite there being a dramatic national shortage of business school faculty, faculty applications to the Andreas School are at an all-time high.
You'll be challenged not only by your professors but by your classmates as well. Our students come with strong potential and work together to excel in both personal and professional development. They have won numerous awards and accolades in both academic pursuits, such as business competitions, and non-academic pursuits. Our students come from around the county and world to study at Barry as evidenced by the fact that US News and World Report has ranked us as the most diverse campus in the South. The Princeton Review has similarly ranked Barry third nationally in providing the "greatest opportunity for minority students."
Outside of the classroom we offer domestic and international internship and study abroad options as well as a variety of co-curricular and extracurricular activities. Our focus, in the Dominican tradition, is on the development of the whole person and how each individual can develop a successful career while also having a fulfilling life and contributing to society. We do this all within the residential setting of one of the most vibrant business communities and exciting cities in the world.
We are extremely proud of our school but are not content to rest on our laurels. Continuous improvement in all aspects of what we do is the force that drives us to higher levels of excellence. If you desire a top-notch, liberal arts-based business education delivered in a personalized environment by an outstanding group of teacher/scholars that focuses on your individual needs and goals, Barry is truly where you belong.
Tomislav Mandakovic, PhD