AU Press Releases

Business school cited one of best in nation by Princeton Review

Alfred University (AU) is one of the 295 outstanding business schools in the country, according to rankings released this week by The Princeton Review, the education services company.

The company features AU’s School of Business and its MBA program in the 2014 edition of its book, “The Best 295 Business Schools” (Random House / Princeton Review, Oct. 8, 2013, $22.99).

“Once again, we are pleased to be included in The Princeton Review’s guide,” said Nancy Evangelista, AU associate provost and dean of the College of Professional Studies, which includes the School of Business. “It is one thing for us to tell prospective students how good we think our program is, but it’s even better when affirmation comes from an outside source that impartially looks at hundreds of programs across the country,” continued Evangelista, emphasizing the “very positive rating for our MBA program. The feedback from graduate students is a critical component of The Princeton Review ratings, and once again our MBA students have plenty of good things to say.”

Both the graduate and undergraduate programs at Alfred are accredited by the AACSB, a distinction only a small percentage of business programs in the world achieve.

AU’s profile piece in the book reads, in part: “If you’re looking for an ‘intimate environment’ for your MBA experience, Alfred University is well worth a look. This program serves a population of just a few dozen graduate students. The result is a ‘solid business school that’s convenient,’ where ‘students are not just another number.’ As one student told us, ‘The greatest strength of Alfred University is its size.’ The classes are around 30 people, and ‘the interaction is incredible.’ The school recently added an MBA accounting program that qualifies accounting students to be able to obtain their CPA license (the teachers ‘are some of the strongest teachers in the business school’), and there are also graduate assistantships available to any full-time MBA students who are willing to assist graduate faculty members in their area of interest in exchange for a portion of their tuition. The school is especially strong in entrepreneurial studies.”

According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior vice president-publisher, “We recommend Alfred University as one of the best institutions a student could attend to earn a business school degree. We chose the 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 solicit and greatly respect the opinions of students attending these schools who rate and report on their experiences at them on our 80-question student survey for the book.”

The Princeton Review’s survey asks business school students - some 19,000 students at the 296 schools - about their school's academics, student body, and campus life as well as about themselves and their career plans. The school profiles are based on institutional data it collected during the 2012-13 academic year and/or its student survey for the book. The Princeton Review does not rank the business schools in the book on a single hierarchical list from 1 to 295, or name one business school best overall.