MBA Program Featured in Princeton Review’s ‘The Best 300 Business Schools: 2011 Edition’



Oct. 13, 2010 –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 school in the new 2011 edition of its book, “The Best 300 Business Schools” (Random House/Princeton Review) that went on sale Oct. 12.

According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review Senior vice president-Publishing, “We are pleased to recommend Southeast Missouri State University’s MBA program 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 300 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.”

“I am very pleased that the high qualities of our MBA program again have been recognized by The Princeton Review,” said Dr. Gerald McDougall, dean of the Donald L. Harrison College of Business. “Harrison MBA students benefit from an outstanding faculty and support staff.  Both groups are committed to excellence and student success. The inclusion of the Harrison MBA program among the top 300 is a well deserved honor that spotlights our learning environment that is personal, practical and professional.”

“The Best 300 Business Schools: 2011 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.” They quote from students attending Southeast’s MBA program who say “the University provides an excellent bang for your buck.” Another says “The class environment is unique, in that it is very professional, as if you were going to work.” Yet another added, “Their international programs were the best experience of my life.”

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, 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 300, 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 300 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 2009-2010, 2008-2009, and 2007-2008 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 300 Business Schools: 2011 Edition” also has advice on applying to business schools and funding the degree. It is one of the more than165 Princeton Review books published by Random House. The line includes “The Best 172 Law Schools: 2011 Edition” – which also published on October 12, 2010 and has 11 ranking lists of top 10 schools largely based on surveys of students attending them.  Other Princeton Review books include an annual guide to the best medical schools, 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. The Princeton Review is headquartered in Framingham, MA: its editorial offices are in New York City. The company is not affiliated with Princeton University, and it is not a magazine.