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UTPA featured in The Princeton Review’s “Best 301 Business Schools: 2010 Edition”
By Gail Fagan, Public Affairs Representative
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Posted: 10/06/2009
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The University of Texas-Pan American is one of the outstanding business schools 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.


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The education services company features the school in the new 2010 edition of its book, “The Best 301 Business Schools,” published by Random House and released for sale on Oct. 6.

According to Robert Franek, The Princeton Review senior vice president of Publishing, "We are pleased to recommend The University of Texas-Pan American to readers of our book and users of our site, www.PrincetonReview.com, as one of the best institutions they could attend to earn an MBA. We chose the 301 business schools in this book based on our opinion of their academic programs and offerings, as well as our review of institutional data we collect from the schools. We also strongly consider the candid opinions of students attending the schools, who rate and report on their campus experiences at their schools on our survey for the book."

The 2010 edition of "The Best 301 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 offering both an evening professional MBA program and an online MBA program and its students may develop an area of specialization by completing nine credit hours in one of six disciplines: accounting, economics, finance, management, management information systems or marketing. They quote from students attending UTPA’s MBA program as saying the program is “very affordable and has a great reputation in the area”, has “very modern classrooms’’ and a “diverse student population” where “most students speak Spanish as a second language." In addition, students reported that UTPA’s location provides “great opportunities for those interested in a growing economy, proximity to the border and industry.”

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

The Princeton Review does not rank the business schools in the book on a single hierarchical list from 1 to 301, 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 301 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 2008-09, 2007-08, and 2006-07 academic years, the student surveys were primarily completed online.

The lists are posted at www.PrincetonReview.com.