Princeton Review Highlights Colorado State University’s College of Business and MBA Program Among Top in the Nation

Colorado State University’s College of Business offers one of the best MBA programs in the nation and in the Western United States, according to The Princeton Review, a New York-based education services company.

Colorado State’s business college is among 296 colleges listed in the 2009 edition of Princeton Review’s annual guide, which features two-page profiles on the school’s academics, student life, admissions and career/placement programs. A complete list of the schools is posted on The Princeton Review Web site at The book is now on sale.

"The College of Business is known for its MBA programming and its distance-learning curriculum," said Peter Dorhout, vice provost for Graduate Affairs at Colorado State. "Our students appreciate that they learn theory as well as practical applications for the global workforce."

"Our priority is to provide students a top-notch curriculum where emerging business leaders can build on their professional experiences and successfully contribute to their firms," said Dean Ajay Menon. "We’re pleased that the Princeton Review recognizes this accomplishment."

This fall, the college began its second year of an 18-month Master of Science in Business Administration degree in Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise. The program teaches students to use entrepreneurial, sustainable approaches to address great global challenges of poverty, environmental degradation and poor health. The college also started construction this month on a $17.5 million, 40,500-square-foot expansion of Rockwell Hall that will benefit graduate and undergraduate students.

The Princeton Review has posted the ranking lists and information on how they are compiled at where the lists can be searched by school or by category. The ranking lists are based on surveys of 19,000 law and business school students conducted during the 2007-08, 2006-07 and 2005-06 academic years. Most were completed online at The Princeton Review’s student survey site at

Students are asked about their school’s academics, student body and campus life and their career plans. No ranking list is based on The Princeton Review’s opinion of the schools, nor do the books have one hierarchical ranking list of all schools profiled.

Students based their responses on such things as how smoothly the school is run and the ease with which they can get into required and popular courses.

Said Robert Franek, vice president and publisher of Princeton Review, "We select schools for this book based on our high regard for their academic programs and offerings, institutional data we collect from the schools, and the candid opinions of students attending them who rate and report on their campus experiences at the schools."

The honor is one of many for Colorado State’s College of Business. Other recent accomplishments:

– The College of Business has been rated and ranked a "Best Buy MBA" by A Best Buy indicates that the College of Business program has been reviewed and judged to offer a high-quality distance MBA to a national audience at tuition rates well below the national average.

– In February, Business Week ranked Colorado State’s College of Business as one of the top undergraduate business programs in the country.

– U.S. News and World Report magazine consistently ranks the college among the best programs in the nation.

– Kiplinger magazine has named the MBA program as one of the top "big name" programs in the country that offers the degree at a distance.

The Princeton Review, known for its education, admission and test preparation services, is not affiliated with Princeton University or Educational Testing Service.