Webber Int’l University
Webber International University is a private institution of higher learning located in Babson Park, Florida, with a setting overlooking Crooked Lake.
WIU was founded as Webber College by Roger Babson, an entrepreneur and business theorist in the first half of the 20th century. Established in 1927 as the first private college chartered under Floridaï¿½s then new charitable and educational laws and one of the nationï¿½s first business schools for women, Webber International University now hosts men and women from some 48 different nations. Webber is recognized as one of only eleven Schools With a Specialty ï¿½ Business, by the U.S. News & World Report Americaï¿½s Best Colleges, a Best Southeastern College by The Princeton Review, and an America's Most Military Friendly College by GI Jobs. The SACS and IACBE accredited not-for-profit independent University offers degrees exclusively in the areas of business. Degrees include accounting, computer information systems management, corporate communications, finance, hospitality and tourism management, management, marketing, pre-law, security management, and sport management (associate's and bachelor's levels) and MBA, MBA with an emphasis in Accounting, MBA with an emphasis in International Business, MBA with an emphasis in Security Management, and MBA with an emphasis in Sport Management (master's level) Courses are offered in traditional, night and weekend, and on-line formats. Webber is home to a $750,000 sewage plant. In 2008 President Keith Wade sold the naming rights to the plant on eBay, raising $6,800 in the process. More recently, in 2010, Wade purchased a Skype booth to benefit the array of international students, with the naming rights also being sold on eBay. This raised $257 for the school. In February of 2011 WIU announced a merger with St. Andrews College in Laurinburg, North Carolina. In January of 2014, WIU announced the acquisition of Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, Virginia. The attempted acquisition of Virginia Intermont was abandoned on April 15, 2014.
Webber International University educates students in preparation for careers in the worldwide business environment. Emphasis is placed on development of skills in administration and strategic planning, oral and written communication, applied modern business practices, personal growth, entrepreneurship and professional development. The University offers educational programs at the associate, bachelor and master levels exclusively in areas of business.
110 acres (0.45ï¿½km2)