Villanova School of Business Named a "Best" B-School by the Princeton Review

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Villanova, PA, October 9, 2014 The Villanova School of Business (VSB) is an outstanding business school, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the new 2015 edition of its annual book, "The Best 296 Business Schools".

According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review Senior VP-Publisher, "We recommend The Villanova School of Business as one of the best institutions a student could attend to earn an MBA. We chose the 296 schools we profile in this book based on our high regard for their academic programs and our reviews of institutional data we collect from the schools. We also solicited and greatly respect the opinions of students attending these schools who reported on their experiences at their schools on our 80-question student survey for the book."

The Princeton Review's survey asked 21,600 students at the 296 b-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 2013-14, 2012-13, and 2011-12 academic years.

“We are proud to be included in this honorable list again, and to be in such good company,” said Patrick G. Maggitti, PhD, The Helen and William O’Toole Dean of Villanova School of Business. “We work hard to ensure our students receive the best business education and have the most meaningful experience while here at VSB.”

The book's two-page profiles of the schools have sections reporting on their academics, student life, admissions information and graduates' employment data. In the profile on the Villanova School of Business, the Princeton Review editors describe the school as: "a smart choice, providing solid academic rigor while allowing a degree of flexibility needed for working professionals."  Some of the comments from students attending VSB in the profile are: “I have nothing but good things to say about the teaching quality at Villanova. I’ve never had a problem reaching a teacher outside of class, and I’ve never had a professor that I didn’t understand."  

The profiles also have rating scores in five categories that The Princeton Review tallies based on institutional data it collected during the 2013-14 academic year and/or its student survey for the book.  The ratings are scores on a scale of 60 to 99.  Rating categories are: Academic Experience, Admissions Selectivity, Career, Professors Interesting and Professors Accessible. Among the ratings in the VSB profile are scores of 88 for Academic Experience and 82 for Professors Accessible. The Princeton Review explains the basis for each rating score in the book and at www.princetonreview.com/guide-business-ratings.aspx

The Villanova School of Business (VSB) is ranked #24 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 (the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate, the Center for Business Analytics, the Center for Global Leadership, the Center for Marketing & Consumer Insights, the Center for the Study of Church Management & Business Ethics 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. For more, visit business.villanova.edu.

"The Best 296 Business Schools" is one of more than 150 Princeton Review books published by Random House. The line includes "The Best 169 Law Schools" -- also published in October 2014 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 167 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 Natick, MA, the Company is not affiliated with Princeton University, and it is not a magazine.

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