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CBA Listed Among The Princeton Review’s Best Business Schools

Published: October 15, 2010

Highlighting its three “affordable and efficient MBA programs,” the College of Business Administration at CSULB has been named an outstanding business school by The Princeton Review and is featured in its just released guidebook The Best 300 Business Schools: 2011 Edition.

The Princeton Review is known for its college rankings based on how students rate their schools. This year, the publisher compiled the lists based on the surveys of some 19,000 students attending the 300 business schools and on school-reported data.

“We are very pleased that the quality of our MBA programs is being recognized by the prestigious Princeton Review,” said Michael Solt, dean for the CSULB College of Business Administration. “We firmly believe that we offer our graduate students an outstanding educational value and an excellent degree. So, the acknowledgement of The Princeton Review, as well as our accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB), validates our belief and reinforces our efforts.”

The CSULB College of Business Administration was recognized for its offering of three different MBA programs – the Fully Employed MBA, a 23-month sequence of four 10-week sessions per year that are scheduled on Saturdays for the convenience of full-time workers; the Self-Paced Evening MBA, a program that can be pursued either full- or part-time; and the Accelerated MBA, a one-year, full-time program for students anxious to jump start their business careers.

“Catering to working adults in the Southern California region, these ‘focused, fast-paced, and competitive’ programs are specially designed to help students balance professional and personal commitments while pursuing their educations,” the book reads. “To that end, the programs are highly successful, offering a convenient and user-friendly educational experience.”

Best 300 Business Schools 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. It also offers students advice on applying to business schools and funding the degree.

“The Princeton Review ranking is significant because it is based on the experiences and opinions of Cal State Long Beach students,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander. “The faculty and staff in the College of Business Administration have done an excellent job of creating MBA programs that appeal to students, fit their schedules and help them meet their educational and career goals.

The 80-question survey asked students about themselves, their career plans, and their schools’ academics, student body and campus life.

This year’s book quotes several CSULB students, although not by name. One current student pointed out, “The ease and inclusiveness of the school are exemplary. Every professor or administrator is highly accessible, and I have no problems at all getting into needed classes.” Another added, “The (Fully Employed) MBA program is specifically targeted to busy professionals, holding classes exclusively on Saturdays. The program administration goes out of their way to make sure we are getting everything we need.”

The “Survey Says” section of profile highlights some of the topics students at each school most agreed upon. CSULB students who took the survey stated that the College of Business Administration provides “solid preparation” in marketing, accounting and general management.

“We are pleased to recommend California State University, Long Beach to readers of our book and users of our site (www.PrincetonReview.com) as one of the best institutions they could attend to earn an MBA,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior vice president of publishing. “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.”

The Princeton Review does not rank the schools in the book on a single hierarchical list from No. 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.

–Rick Gloady