Princeton Review names EMU's College of Business one of nation's best for sixth consecutive year

by Pamela Young, Published October 06, 2009


Princeton Review names EMU's College of Business one of nation's best for sixth consecutive year

YPSILANTI - The Princeton Review has named Eastern Michigan University’s College of Business (COB) one of the nation’s most outstanding business schools for the sixth consecutive year.

The COB is one of 301 business schools, out of more than 1,000 business schools nationally, to be featured in the just-released 2010 guidebook, “Best 301 Business Schools.

 “This is our sixth year to be recognized, and the recognition shows that the College of Business continues to have programs that meet the market’s needs such as integrated marketing communication and supply chain management,“ said David Mielke, dean of EMU’s College of Business. “We will continue to build on our brand of innovative, applied and global, while developing new programs.”

 “The Best 301 Business Schools: 2010 Edition” has two-page profiles of each school with a summary about academics, student life and admissions, plus ratings for academics, selectivity and career placement services.

“We chose the 301 business schools based on our opinion of their academic programs and offerings, as well as our review of institutional data collected from the schools,” said Robert Franek, senior vice president – publishing at the Princeton Review. “We also strongly considered the candid opinions of students attending the schools, who rate and report on their campus experiences on our survey for the book.”

The Review’s 80-question survey for the book asked 19,000 students nationally about themselves, their career plans and their schools’ academics, study body and campus life.

EMU student comments included this statement: “The university highly encourages and promotes global/cultural awareness. We have fabulous courses and academic programs abroad to enrich student experiences.”

Mielke said he was pleased that the COB’s efforts to enrich the student experience and help the business community were recognized.

“Good examples of our successes include Google AdWords classes where our students have helped more than 50 not-for-profits discover new audiences and markets for their services,” said Mielke. “ In addition, our Small Business and Technology Development Center, with four offices in Wayne, Oakland and Monroe counties, has helped more than 900 clients and 1,200 people through training programs last year.”

Another student wrote: “I feel that the faculty and administration are supportive in every way.”  Others said they appreciated “the flexibility of the program. Students can either go part-time or full-time depending on their job responsibilities.”

The Princeton Review does not rank schools on a single list 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 surveys of students attending the profiled schools. Conducted during the 2008-09, 2007-08 and 2006-07 academic years, student surveys were primarily conducted online.  One list, “Toughest to Get Into,” is based solely on institutional data. The lists are posted at

The book, published by Random House, is available for $22.99.

Founded in 1964, Eastern Michigan University’s College of Business is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees. The college hosts the nation’s only Ethos Week each year in March and is also the first to create an  “Ethos Statement” and “Ethos Honor Society.”

Pamela Young

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