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Oct. 1 , 2004
CONTACT: Ward Mullens

EMU's College of Business named one of the best by The Princeton Review

YPSILANTIEastern Michigan University’s College of Business is one of the nation’s most outstanding business schools, according to The Princeton Review. EMU’s COB is one of 143 featured in the student-opinion-driven guidebook, “Best 143 Business Schools” (Random House/Princeton Review, 2005 Edition, Sept. 21, 2004, $22.95).

            “This is further evidence of the kind of education Eastern Michigan is providing,” said Interim President Craig Willis. “We are very happy to be included in such prestigious company.”

            “We are very pleased with this recognition. In particular because this is based upon student comments,” said David Mielke, dean of EMU’s College of Business. “It is a tribute to our faculty and to their high quality of teaching in the classroom.”

            Mielke said there are about 1,000 business schools in the United States and about 20 in the state of Michigan.

            The book’s 11 ranking lists of top 10 schools in various categories are based on The Princeton Review’s surveys of 11,000 students attending the 143 schools during the 2003-04 school year, and on institutional data about the schools. The survey asked students more than 40 questions about themselves, their career plans, and their schools’ academics, student body and campus life.

            Survey responses from students about EMU’s COB included: “friendly students,” “smart classrooms,” “solid preparation in communication/interpersonal skills,” and “presentation skills.”

            Only business schools that permitted The Princeton Review to survey their students were considered for 10 of the book’s ranking lists that incorporate or are based wholly on student answers to survey questions. Among them are lists for “Best Overall Academic Experience,” Best Professors” and “Best Career Prospects.”

            The ranking marks the second time in 2005 that EMU has appeared in a book published by The Princeton Review. EMU was named one of the  “Best Midwest Colleges,” by The Princeton Review earlier this fall.

            EMU’s College of Business, founded in 1964,  is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB). Approximately 30 percent of business schools in the U.S. have this prestigious designation. The COB offers undergraduate and master’s degrees. Currently, there are approximately 2,743 undergraduate and 850 graduate students enrolled in the College of Business.


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