MBA Program Featured in Princeton Review’s ‘Best 294 Business Schools: 2012 Edition’


by News Bureau on Friday, Oct. 14, 2011


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 14, 2011 – Southeast Missouri State University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is an outstanding business program, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the new 2012 edition of its book, “The Best 294 Business Schools” (Random House / Princeton Review) that went on sale Oct. 11.

According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review Senior VP-Publisher, “We recommend Southeast Missouri State University to readers of our book and users of our site,, as one of the best institutions they could attend to earn an MBA. We chose the 294 business schools in this book based on our high opinion of their academic programs and offerings, as well as our review of institutional data we collect from the schools. We also strongly consider the candid opinions of students attending the schools who rate and report on their campus experiences at their schools on our survey for the book.”

“The Harrison business faculty has devoted significant effort to establishing a high quality graduate program — a program that is on par with any in the nation and internationally,” said Dr. Gerald McDougall, dean of the Donald L. Harrison College of Business at Southeast. “The recognition we have received over numerous years by The Princeton Review and the comments offered by Harrison MBA students speak to the qualities we aspire to in graduate education.”

“The Best 294 Business Schools: 2012 Edition” has two-page profiles of the schools with write-ups on their academics, student life, and admissions, plus ratings for their academics, selectivity, and career placement services. In the profile on Southeast, the Princeton Review editors describe the school as: offering “a top-notch education at an affordable price.” Editors say “’the University provides an excellent bang for your buck’, yet doesn’t skimp on a quality education.” They quote from students attending Southeast’s MBA program who say “the class environment is unique, in that is very professional, as if you were going to work.” Another adds that Southeast’s “international programs were the best experience of my life.” Yet another adds, “The professors at Southeast are wonderful. Not only are they experienced in their field, but their teaching styles are excellent.”

In a “Survey Says . . . ” sidebar in the profile, The Princeton Review lists topics that Southeast students it surveyed were in most agreement about. The list includes solid preparation in general management, communication/interpersonal skills, presentation and computer skills. The Princeton Review’s 80-question survey for the book asked students about themselves, their career plans, and their schools’ academics, student body and campus life.

The Princeton Review does not rank the business schools in the book on a single hierarchical list from 1 to 294, or name one business school best overall. Instead, the book has 11 ranking lists of the top 10 business schools in various categories. Ten lists are based on The Princeton Review’s surveys of 19,000 students attending the 294 business schools profiled in the book. (Only schools that permitted The Princeton Review to survey their students were eligible for consideration for these lists.) Conducted during the 2010-11, 2009-10, and 2008-09 academic years, the student surveys were primarily completed online. One list, “Toughest to Get Into,” is based solely on institutional data. (All schools in the book were eligible for consideration for this list.) The lists are posted at

“The Best 294 Business Schools: 2012 Edition” also has advice on applying to business schools and funding the degree. It is one of the more than150 Princeton Review books published by Random House. The line includes “The Best 167 Law Schools: 2012 Edition” – which also published on Oct. 11 and has 11 ranking lists of top 10 schools largely based on surveys of students attending them. Other Princeton Review books include “The Best 168 Medical Schools: 2012 Edition,” plus guides to graduate school admission exams and application essays. The Princeton Review is also known for its guides to colleges and to standardized tests, its classroom and online test-prep courses, tutoring, and other education services. Headquartered in Framingham, Mass., The Princeton Review ( is not affiliated with Princeton University, and it is not a magazine.