It’s the first time Xavier’s business program has made the list, compiled yearly by the educational services company that also releases a Best Colleges ranking every year. The rankings in both the best colleges and best business schools guidebooks are based on student surveys and institutional data from the prior school year.
The Best 143 Business Schools was released Tuesday, Sept. 21. Xavier also was included in this year’s edition, released earlier, of the The Best 357 Colleges guide.
“This is another way where our customers have said we’re among the best in the country,” said Williams College of Business Dean Ali Malekzadeh. “No school in the region with us has been included in the Princeton Review. It’s a distinction.”
The college is also one of seven business schools at Jesuit universities listed, joining Boston College, Georgetown University, Loyola University of Chicago, Loyola University of New Orleans, Saint Joseph University and Seattle University.
“It really helps the University because it’s the first time we are in very select company,” said Raghu Tadepalli, associate dean of the college.
Jennifer Bush, director of enrollment for the M.B.A. program, said Princeton Review contacted the school in January seeking students to participate in the survey. It’s the first time the school has been asked to participate, she said.
The business school guidebook rankings include five categories where schools are rated on a scale of 60 to 99. The categories are admissions selectivity, academic experience, professors who are interesting, professors who are accessible and career.
The profile of Xavier’s Williams College of Business included in the guidebook gives Xavier an 81 in academic experience, an 81 for admissions selectivity, a 78 and 72 respectively for interesting professors and accessible professors, and a 64 for career, which measures students’ confidence in future employment.
The profile also quotes M.B.A. students praising the program for going out of its way to accommodate the needs of working professionals, for having faculty who concentrate on current business issues rather than the past, and for making them think.
“MBAs warn that ‘the workload is demanding, but you really get a lot out of the program, and it’s a very enjoyable experience,’” the profile reads.
It gives the college credit for starting the Corporate Connections program which works to connect students to alumni, other students and the corporate community in a network that offers opportunities for career placement and advancement.
“Xavier’s greatest asset is its local reputation with employers,” the profile reads. “One student writes, ‘It gets great respect within the Cincinnati area. People are very impressed when I say, I am an MBA student at Xavier’.”
The addition of Corporate Connections, Tadepalli says, “adds a whole different dimension to their education. We want to give them tools to compete for jobs and succeed. That’s where the best business schools put a lot of effort and that’s where we intend to do more.”
The guidebook also includes 11 lists where the top 10 schools are ranked. Stanford, Yale and Dartmouth finished first, second and third respectively in the “Best Overall Academic Experience” ranking, while New York University, Stanford and Ohio State University are the top three in the “Best Career Prospects” category.
Princeton Review based its results on surveys of 11,000 students at the 143 business schools, almost all of which, like Xavier, are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Tadepalli said the Xavier students were asked to file their responses online with Princeton Review, which took several sessions of 15 to 20 minutes each time.
“We are happy they did,” he said. “I think this shows their connection to the Williams College, and the fact they were able to do it in enough numbers to justify inclusion says a lot.”
Each of the rankings gives an unbiased and uncensored view of the chosen business school, according to The Princeton Review web site.
“We guarantee that you won't read anything like our candid profiles in recruitment material sent out by the schools themselves,” the web site states. “The important thing to remember is that almost every ranking is based at least partly on what the real business school experts—current business students—tell us about their schools.
The Princeton Review, based in New York City, produces educational products such as test preparation courses, admissions services and books about schools of higher education. The business schools guidebook is available at local bookstores and sells for $22.95.