MBA Program Featured In Princeton Review’s ‘Best 296 Business Schools: 2013 Edition’



CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 11, 2012 — Southeast Missouri State University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is an outstanding business school, according to The Princeton Review (

The education services company features the program in the new 2013 edition of its annual guidebook, “The Best 296 Business Schools” (Random House/Princeton Review) published Oct. 9.

According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior vice president-publisher, “We consider Southeast Missouri State University one of the best institutions a student could attend to earn an MBA. We selected the schools we profile in this book – 280 of which are in the U.S.A. and 16 are international — based on our high regard for their academic programs and our reviews of institutional data we collect from the schools. We also solicit and greatly respect the opinions of students attending these schools who rate and report on their experiences at them on our 80-question survey for the book.”

The Princeton Review’s survey asked 19,000 students at the 296 schools their opinions of their school’s academics, student body and campus life as well as about themselves and their career plans. The student surveys analyzed for this edition were all completed online at and conducted during the 2011-2012, 2010-2011, and 2009-2010 academic years.

“For more than six years running the Harrison MBA program has been recognized by the Princeton Review as one of the top MBA programs in the nation,” said Dr. Gerald McDougall, associate provost of Extended and Online Learning and dean of the Donald L. Harrison College of Business. “This history of external validation of high quality speaks to the commitment to excellence among the Harrison business faculty, staff and students. The recognition by the Princeton Review is consistent with other national external ratings that speak to high quality and affordability of the MBA program. I’m proud of what the faculty has established and look forward to the continuing growth and development of our business programs.”

“The Best 296 Business Schools” has two-page profiles of the schools. They include write-ups on academics, career and placement, student life and environment, and admissions. The profiles also have ratings (scores from 60 to 99) for academic experience, admissions selectivity, and career services. In the profile on Southeast, the Princeton Review editors describe the program as providing 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.” The profile quotes from students who say, ““The class environment is unique, in that is very professional, as if you were going to work.” Another says, “Their international business 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.” Another student commented, “Class sizes are small, so professors get to know you pretty well.” According to another student, the small size also facilitates networking between students. “Having a smaller campus helps you connect with a wide variety of people in a variety of fields,” which makes “classroom discussions very interesting and relevant to the real world,” a student said.

The Princeton Review does not rank the schools in the book on a single hierarchical list from 1 to 296, or name one business school best overall. However, in the “Survey Says…” sidebar on the book’s Southeast profile, the editors list topics on the survey about which Southeast students surveyed had the highest consensus. Among them are: general management, communication/interpersonal skills, presentation and computer skills.

“The Best 296 Business Schools” is one of more than 150 Princeton Review books published by Random House, Inc. The line includes “The Best 168 Law Schools,” “The Best 168 Medical Schools,” plus guides to graduate school admission exams and application essays. The Princeton Review is also known for its many categories of college rankings, its classroom and online test-prep courses, tutoring, and its other education services. Headquartered in Framingham, Mass., The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University, and it is not a magazine.

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