For this edition, The Princeton Review has collected the opinions of more than 19,000 students enrolled in the best AACSB-accredited MBA programs in the world. In a company release, Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's senior vice president of publishing, said he was pleased to recommend UTPA to readers of their book and users of their site, www.PrincetonReview.com, as one of the best institutions they could attend to earn an MBA.
"We chose the 300 business schools in this book based on our high 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," Franek wrote in the release.
The "Best 300 Business Schools: 2011 Edition" 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 rating for academic experience, which measures the quality of the school's learning environment, UTPA had a rating of 81 on a scale of 60 to 99. Factors taken into consideration include the Admissions Selectivity Rating; student-to-faculty ratio; and student survey responses to questions about faculty, fellow students, and realization of academic expectations. The Admissions Selectivity Rating, which for UTPA was 73 on a scale of 60 to 99, measures the competitiveness of admissions at each school. Factors taken into consideration for this rating include the average GMAT score and undergraduate GPA of the first-year class, and the percentage of applicants who are accepted.
In a "Students Say" rating, provided for those schools that allowed their students to be surveyed, UTPA professors were rated particularly well in regard to accessibility outside the classroom with a rating of 86 on a 60 to 99 scale. Students also stated they appreciated the University's affordability and "great reputation." It's location, students reported, provides "great opportunities for those interested in a growing economy, proximity to the border, and industry."
In addition, students also praised UTPA's "very modern classrooms" as well as its diverse student population. As one student explained, "Students' classroom comments often sound like a United Nations meeting! One of my classes has students from India, Mexico, Texas, China, Japan, Taiwan, Turkey, France, Romania, and I'm sure I've missed a couple of others."
In a "Survey Says" sidebar in the profile, The Princeton Review lists topics that Pan Am students it surveyed were in most agreement about — "Students love Edinburg, TX;" "Friendly students;" and "Happy students." 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 300, 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 300 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 2009-10, 2008-09, and 2007-08 academic years, the student surveys were primarily completed online. One list, "Toughest to Get Into," is based solely on institutional data. (All schools in the book were eligible for consideration for this list.) The lists are posted at www.PrincetonReview.com.