The Williams College of Business is one of the nation's most outstanding business schools, according to The Princeton Review, which features Xavier’s business school in the 2014 edition of "The Best 295 Business Schools.” It is the 10th year in a row that Xavier has been included in the education services company’s annual listing of best business schools.
The Princeton Review's survey asks business school students about their school's academics, student body and campus life as well as about themselves and their career plans. The book includes two-page profiles of the schools with write-ups on their academics, student life and admissions.
"We are very pleased to have the work of our dedicated faculty and staff recognized with our inclusion as one of the best business schools," said Brian D. Till, dean of the Williams College of Business.
Schools recommended by the Princeton Review are considered “one of the best institutions a student could attend to earn a business school degree,” said Robert Franek of the Princeton Review.
"We chose the schools we profile in this book 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 student survey for the book."
In the profile on Xavier, the editors write: "Xavier’s roots in the Jesuit learning experience are a remarkable approach to education. Excellent professors and efficient and understanding administrators put the students first. Fine new facilities aid in the learning process and are beautiful, plus (college) is wired with technology such as the Bloomberg Trading Center."
MBA students surveyed for the book commented on Xavier’s emphasis on the needs of part-time students and the faculty’s attentiveness toward students’ needs and business expectations."
The school profiles in "The Best 295 Business Schools” have rating scores in five categories that The Princeton Review tallies based on institutional data it collected during the 2012-2013 academic year and from the student surveys. The ratings are scores on a scale of 60 to 99. Rating categories include Academic Experience, Admissions Selectivity, Career, Professors Interesting and Professors Accessible. Among the ratings in the Xavier profile are scores of 81 for Academic Experience and 74 for Career. The Princeton Review explains the basis for each rating score in the book and on its website.
The Princeton Review does not rank the business schools from 1 to 295 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 20,300 students attending the 295 business schools profiled in the book. Conducted during the last three academic years, the student surveys were completed online. Some lists, such as the "Best Career Prospects," use both student survey and institutional data. One list, “Toughest to Get Into,” is based solely on institutional data. The ranking lists are available on the book's website.
The book is available through Random House/Princeton Review for $22.99.