Villanova School of Business Featured In The Princeton Review's "Best 296 Business Schools: 2013 Edition"

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Villanova, PA, October 9, 2012 The Villanova School of Business (VSB) is an outstanding business school, according to The Princeton Review, Inc., which features the school in the new 2013 edition of its annual guidebook, "The Best 296 Business Schools."

According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review Senior VP-Publisher, "We consider VSB one of the best institutions a student could attend to earn an MBA. We selected the schools we profile in this book – 280 of which are in the USA and 16 are international – based on our high regard for their academic programs and our reviews of institutional data we collect from the schools. We also solicit and greatly respect the opinions of students attending these schools who rate and report on their experiences at them on our 80-question survey for the book."

The Princeton Review's survey asked 19,000 students at the 296 schools their opinions of their school's academics, student body and campus life as well as about themselves and their career plans. The student surveys analyzed for this edition were all completed online and conducted during the 2011-12, 2010-11 and 2009-10 academic years.

"The Best 296 Business Schools" provides two-page profiles for each of the schools.  They include write-ups on academics, career and placement, student life and environment, and admissions.  The profiles also have ratings (scores from 60 to 99) for academic experience, admissions selectivity and career services. Some of the comments in the profile from students attending VSB include: “[VSB is] a well-respected and well-known school;” “[VSB has a] superb network of alumni;” “[VSB has a] good mix of faculty that reside in the purely academic world and faculty that still work in private enterprise. The research interests and outside work of the faculty is also very impressive” and “[The Career Services Office brings] in companies that are relevant to the MBA program . . . Career Services provided the connections I needed to get my resume seriously considered.”  

Among the rating scores The Princeton Review gave to VSB in this edition of the book include an 87 for Academic Experience; an 81 for Interesting Professors; and a 93 for Accessible Professors.

The Princeton Review does not rank the schools in the book on a single hierarchical list from 1 to 296, or name one business school best overall. Instead, the book has 11 ranking lists of the top 10 business schools in various categories. The lists in the book are posted here.

About Princeton Review: "The Best 296 Business Schools" is one of more than 150 Princeton Review books published by Random House, Inc. The line includes "The Best 168 Law Schools" (also published in October 2012 and also featuring 11 ranking lists primarily based on surveys of students attending the schools in the book).  Other Princeton Review books include "The Best 168 Medical Schools," plus guides to graduate school admission exams and application essays.  Among them: "Business School Essays That Made a Difference." The Princeton Review is also known for its many categories of college rankings, its classroom and online test-prep courses, tutoring, and its other education services.  Headquartered in Framingham, MA, The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University, and it is not a magazine. For more information, please visit www.princetonreview.com.

The Villanova School of Business (VSB) is ranked #13 in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek and has been at the forefront of business education since it was founded in 1922. Serving over 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students, VSB is home to six Centers of Excellence (Center for Business Analytics, Center for Global Leadership, Center for Marketing & Public Policy Research, Center for the Study of Church Management, the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate, and the Center for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Center) with each center designed to foster innovative, cross-disciplinary research and teaching opportunities for business faculty. VSB is known for academic rigor; creativity and innovation; hands-on and service learning opportunities; a firm grounding in ethics; and an applied education that prepares students to become outstanding leaders and global citizens within the ever-changing, complex, and fast-paced world of business.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's five colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.

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