Tuesday October 12, 2010

Best Business Schools 2011

The University of Dayton's MBA program is included for the fifth consecutive time in the The Princeton Review's listing of the best business schools.

The University of Dayton School of Business Administration's MBA program is an outstanding business school, according to The Princeton Review, which listed it in the 2011 edition of The Best 300 Business Schools, published by Random House and The Princeton Review.

This is the fifth consecutive year the University's MBA program made the list, which is based on student surveys. Students said they particularly valued the integrated curriculum, smart classrooms, cutting-edge classes and emphasis on teamwork.

Matthew Shank, dean of the University's School of Business Administration, said the ranking highlights student satisfaction with the MBA program's emphasis on practical experience, learning opportunities outside the classroom and friendly, collegial atmosphere.

"We are pleased that students appreciate the open, welcoming environment we foster and the value it adds to their educational experience," Shank said. "This is especially important to the growing number of international students who are interested in our MBA program."

One student from France said the University has a well-earned reputation "for taking care of its international students. I knew before my arrival here that faculty and staff would be very accessible and helpful and that I would be individually recognized by them."

The Princeton Review's 80-question survey for the book asked students about themselves, their career plans as well as their schools' academics, student body and campus life.

Rankings are based on The Princeton Review's surveys of 19,000 students attending the 300 business schools in the book as well as data reported by the schools.

According to Robert Franek, senior vice president of publishing for The Princeton Review, business schools were selected based on their academic programs and offerings as well as institutional data. "We also strongly consider the candid opinions of students attending the schools who rate and report on their campus experiences," Franek said.

In September, the University's entrepreneurship program ranked as one of the top-10 undergraduate programs in the nation by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine. It's the fifth straight year the entrepreneurship program has ranked in the top-10.

For more information, contact Cilla Shindell, executive director of news and communications, at 937-229-3257 or shindell@udayton.edu.