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Princeton Review Gives Business School High Marks

Eberhardt Featured in Princeton Review's 2013 "Best 296 Business Schools: 2013 Edition"
Patrick GiblinJan 9, 2013

The Eberhardt School of Business was named one of the best business schools in the country by The Princeton Review. The Company features the school in the new 2013 edition of its annual guidebook, "The Best 296 Business Schools" (Random House / Princeton Review, published October 9, 2012, $22.99).

According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review Senior VP-Publisher, "We consider the Eberhardt School of Business at University of the Pacific one of the best institutions a student could attend to earn an MBA. We selected the schools we profile in this book - 280 of which are in the U.S.A. and 16 are international -- 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 survey for the book."

"This is tremendous validation by our students that they recognize the instructional quality and personalized experience they receive in our MBA program," said Lewis R. Gale, dean of the Eberhardt School of Business. "As an MBA program designed for students from any undergraduate degree field, we are very pleased to receive public acknowledgement of our high-caliber, full-time program."

"The Best 296 Business Schools" includes two-page write-ups on academics, career and placement, student life and environment, and admissions on each school included on the list.  The profiles also have ratings (scores from 60 to 99) for academic experience, admissions selectivity, and career services.

In the profile on the Eberhardt School of Business, the Princeton Review editors describe the school as: "Ideal for early-career professionals" and that "students can tailor their educational experiences by choosing electives in entrepreneurship, finance, healthcare management, sport management, or marketing." 

Some of the comments from students attending the Eberhardt School in the profile are:  "An intellectually challenging classroom experience [that] goes beyond traditional book- or case-based classes," "students are always welcome to question or seek help from professors and the professors offer a more peer-to-peer interaction ... which further encourages a beneficial educational experience," "very impressed with the quality of the teaching," and "the network of contacts built from attending is excellent."  

In the "Survey Says..." sidebar on the book's Eberhardt School of Business profile, the editors list topics on the survey about which the Eberhardt School's MBA students surveyed had the highest consensus.  Among them are:  friendly students, good social scene, solid preparation in presentation and entrepreneurial skills.

The Princeton Review's survey went to 19,000 students at business schools nationwide.  Students were asked for their opinions of their school's academics, student body and campus life as well as about themselves and their career plans. The student surveys analyzed for this edition were all completed online at http://survey.review.com and conducted during the 2011-12, 2010-11, and 2009-10 academic years.

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 entirely or partly on The Princeton Review's surveys of students attending the schools in the book. A few lists, such as "Best Career Prospects," use both student survey and institutional data. One list, "Toughest to Get Into," is based solely on institutional data. The lists in the book are posted at www.princetonreview.com/business-school-rankings.aspx.

University of the Pacific's Eberhardt School of Business develops knowledgeable, innovative business leaders in a personalized, experience-based learning environment and produces scholarship that contributes to disciplinary knowledge, informs teaching, and advances the practice of business. Accredited by AACSB International, the Eberhardt School has more than 600 undergraduate and graduate students in its academic programs and boasts unique centers and institutes such as the Business Forecasting Center and the Westgate Center for Management Development.

To see the full report online, visit www.PrincetonReview.com

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Patrick Giblin   Patrick Giblin is the media relations manager at Pacific since 2006 and also oversees all social media for the University.