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November 5, 2014

CSU, Chico Featured in Princeton Review's 'The Best 296 Business Schools: 2015 Edition'

California State University, Chico’s College of Business has been rated as outstanding in a new book by the Princeton Review, a Massachusetts-based company known for its college rankings and test-preparation courses.

The College of Business and its MBA program are featured in the Princeton Review’s "The Best 296 Business Schools: 2015 Edition.”

Princeton Review surveyed 21,600 students attending business schools and gathered institutional data to create profiles of the schools included in the book. The schools are not ranked one through 296. "Each school in our books offers outstanding academics,” said Robert Franek, publisher of the Princeton Review. “No single b-school is 'best' overall."

Survey results were gathered over a three-year period. Students were asked about their school's academics, student body and campus life, and their career plans.

“California State University, Chico offers a practical and personable MBA program, well suited to Northern California professionals,” starts the Princeton Review profile of CSU, Chico’s College of Business. “With a ‘great regional reputation,’ Chico students feel confident they can leverage their education in the workplace.” 

Among the positive aspects reported by CSU, Chico business students is the strong learning climate established by faculty. Professors are characterized as “easily accessible” and “always available outside of class.” One student is quoted as saying, “I have met many professors through inde­pendent projects, and they have been very helpful and guided me to the right resources.” Another says there is an “emphasis on teamwork, interpersonal skills, and both qualitative and quantitative learning.”

“Our MBA’s strong showing in the latest Princeton Review shows our sustained program strength in advanced high-demand business knowledge and skills areas that directly lead to enhanced job skills and professional certification,” said College of Business Dean Judith Hennessey.

“Our new popular MBA Option in Project Management reflects the applied and hands-on emphasis in our program,” she said. “Employers and high-quality students, including growing numbers of international students — currently almost 20 percent of the program — have acknowledged the high value of our MBA program in this latest Princeton Review survey.”

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

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