UTPA featured in The Princeton Review's "Best 296 Business Schools"
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Posted: 10/10/2008
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The University of Texas-Pan American College of Business Administration has been named an outstanding business school to attend to earn a Master in Business Administration, according to The Princeton Review, known for its college rankings based on how students rate their schools.

The New York-based education services company features the school in the just-published 2009 edition of its "Best 296 Business Schools."

According to Robert Franek, The Princeton Review vice president of Publishing, "We select schools for this book based on our high regard for their academic programs and offerings, institutional data we collect from the schools, and the candid opinions of students attending them who rate and report on their campus experiences at the schools. We are pleased to recommend The University of Texas-Pan American to readers of our book and users of our Web site as one of the best institutions they could attend to earn an MBA."

The "Best 296 Business Schools" has two-page profiles of the schools with write-ups on their academics, student life and admissions, plus ratings for their academics, selectivity and career placement services. In the profile on UTPA, The Princeton Review editors describe the school as very affordable with a great reputation. It also quotes students attending the MBA program as saying, "UTPA is the University that educates the most Mexican-Americans in the country, and it has a strong Hispanic MBA."

In a "Survey Says. . ." sidebar in the profile, The Princeton Review lists topics that UTPA students it surveyed for the book were in most agreement about. The list includes: "friendly and happy students" and "solid preparation in teamwork, communication/interpersonal skills, presentation and computer skills." The Princeton Review's 80-question survey asked students about themselves, their career plans, and their schools' academics, student body and campus life.

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. Ten lists are based on The Princeton Review's surveys of 19,000 students attending the 296 business schools profiled in the book. (Only schools that permitted The Princeton Review to survey their students were eligible for consideration for these lists).

Conducted during the 2007-08, 2006-07, and 2005-06 academic years, the student surveys were primarily completed online.

The lists are posted at