The Princeton Review's Annual Business Rankings Now Out in its Best 294 Business Schools (2017 Edition) Guidebook and Online

Top Schools Named in 11 Categories
Best Career Prospects – Columbia University; Toughest to Get Into- Stanford University

NEW YORK, October 6, 2016 /—The Princeton Review—well-known for its college rankings in dozens of categories based on how students rate their schools—today released the 2017 annual ranking lists of business schools. On the company’s website and in The Best 294 Business Schools (Penguin Random House / Princeton Review Books, 2017 Edition, $26.99), The Princeton Review reports lists of top 10 ranking schools in 11 categories.

The Princeton Review surveyed 25,000 students attending the 294 business schools included in the book. The 80-question survey asked students to rate their schools on several topics and report on their experiences. Some ranking list tallies also factored in school-reported data.

Some of the ranking list categories in the book are:

"Best Career Prospects"

  • #1 Columbia University

"Best Professors"

  • #1 Indiana University—Bloomington

"Best Classroom Experience"

  • #1 University of California—Los Angeles

"Most Competitive Students"

  • #1 Acton School of Business

"Toughest to Get Into"
(the only ranking list in this cohort based on school-reported data)

  • #1 Stanford University

"Greatest Opportunity for Women"

  • #1 Simmons College School of Management

"Best Green MBA"

  • #1 University of Oregon

The guidebook include other ranking list categories including "Best Administered," "Most Family Friendly," and "Greatest Opportunity for Minority Students."

The Princeton Review today posted its business school rankings on its website, and includes FAQs about the basis for each ranking list in addition to the company's detailed profiles of the schools.

"The schools we selected for this guide all offer academically outstanding degrees: we recommend them highly,” said Robert Franek, SVP / Publisher, The Princeton Review. “Their program offerings vary considerably, and we salute and highlight those distinctions in our profiles. Our purpose is not to rank schools hierarchically or crown any school as ‘best’ overall. Our goal is to provide school profiles combined with multiple rating scores and ranking lists to help applicants choose the best business school for them.“    

The Princeton Review's ranking list tallies factor in data from its surveys of business school students completed at during the 2015-16, 2014-15, and 2013-14 school years. The survey asked students about their school's academics, student body and campus life, and their career plans. On average, 85 students at each business school were surveyed for the lists’ 2017 editions. All institutional data used to tally these ranking lists was collected in 2015-16.

The book and website’s school profiles include admission, academics, financial aid, campus life, and career/employment information. The profiles also include school ratings (scores from 60 to 99) in five categories based primarily on institutional data. Among them are rating scores for "Admissions Selectivity" and "Career" statistics (which factors in data on graduates' starting salaries and employment). 

The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University. 

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