The College of Business Administration at CSULB has been named an outstanding business school by The Princeton Review and is featured in the just-published 2008 edition of its "Best 290 Business Schools," which was released Oct. 9.
The CSULB College of Business Administration was recognized for offering four different MBA programs "for the convenience of its students," according to the book, including the most popular of the four — the Evening MBA Program, a self-paced program that can be pursued either full- or part-time.
Among the other MBA programs mentioned in the book are 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, and a one-year Accelerated MBA, a full-time program for students anxious to jump start their business careers.
"The Princeton Review ranking is significant because it is based on the experiences and opinions of students who have been or are currently enrolled at Cal State Long Beach," said CSULB President F. King Alexander. "The faculty and staff in the College of Business Administration have done an excellent job of creating programs, especially in the MBA area, that appeal to students, fit their schedules and help them meet their educational and career goals."
"Best 290 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. In the profile on Cal State Long Beach, the editors noted that "students typically choose CSULB for its low tuition rates, which translate into an excellent return on investment."
One student wrote, "It was the best investment, when you take into account the tuition, the flexible schedule of classes and the time it generally takes to complete the MBA program." The CSULB profile also says, "Once admitted, students also enjoy perfect class sizes that allow all students to contribute to discussions" and professors who "usually come from the private sector and teach more from real-world experience than from theory."
The Princeton Review compiled the ranking lists based on its surveys of 19,000 students attending the 290 business schools profiled in the book and on institutional data from the schools. The 80-question survey asked students about themselves, their career plans and their school's academics, students body and campus life. The surveys were completed by students during the last three academic years.
"We compile our ranking lists in multiple categories based on what students report to us about their schools to help applicants decide which of these academically outstanding schools is best for them," said Robert Franek, vice president/publisher, Princeton Review.
The Princeton Review does not rank the schools in the book on a single hierarchical list from 1-290 or name one business school best overall. Conducted during the 2006-07, 2005-06 and 2004-05 academic years, the student surveys were done primarily online. "Best 290 Business Schools" also has advice on applying to schools and funding the degrees.