Princeton Review's Top Business Schools 2009

by Vault Education Editors | October 09, 2009

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Now that Princeton Review's website is working again, their new top business schools are available for perusal. Like they did with law schools, Princeton Review has ranked the top business schools in 11 categories: best administered, best campus environment, best campus facilities, best professors, greatest opportunity for minority students, greatest opportunity for women, most family friendly, best career prospects, most competitive students, toughest to get into and best classroom experience. You can read the full rankings in each category here.

Northwestern University (and its Kellogg School of Management) found itself on the top of the career prospects list again, coming in second to the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and ahead of No. 3 Harvard Business School. New York City schools were notably missing on the top 10 list, perhaps because of their strong ties to the suffering finance industry. The ranking is based on Princeton Review's career rating, which "measures the confidence students have in their school's ability to lead them to fruitful employment opportunities, as well as the school's record of having done so." According to the website, factors taken into account include average starting salaries, percentage of student employment at graduation, effectiveness and efforts of career services, quality of recruiters, student participation, and internships, mentorships and off-campus projects.

Princeton Review best career prospects

  1. University of Michigan, Ross School of Business
  2. Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management
  3. Harvard Business School
  4. MIT Sloan School of Management
  5. University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School
  6. Stanford Graduate School of Business
  7. Yale School of Management
  8. University of Virginia, Darden Graduate School of Business Administration
  9. Cornell University, The Johnson School
  10. University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business

Another noteworthy ranking among Princeton Review's lists is the top 10 greatest opportunities for women. MBA programs are becoming more welcoming to female students, and women are taking advantage, as evidenced by the largest percentage of female students at top schools like Wharton (40 percent) and INSEAD (32 percent). Though the highly elite schools (including Wharton and INSEAD) still aren't at the top of the list, George Washington University School of Business, University of Massachusetts at Amherst's Isenberg School of Management, University of Georgia's Terry College of Business, University of California, Berkeley's Haas School of Business and American University's Kogod School of Business all make the top 10.

Princeton Review greatest opportunity for women

  1. Simmons School of Management
  2. George Washington University School of Business
  3. Mercer University, Stetson School of Business and Economics
  4. University at Albany School of Business, SUNY
  5. University of California, Davis Graduate School of Management
  6. St. Mary's University, Greehey School of Business
  7. University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Isenberg School of Management
  8. University of Georgia, Terry College of Business
  9. University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business
  10. American University, Kogod School of Business

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