The Williams College of Business is named one of the nation's best business schools by the Princeton Review

The college has received the recognition since 2005 | October 13, 2011

The MBA programs in Xavier’s Williams College of Business are featured in the 2012 edition of The Princeton Review’s annual publication, "The Best 294 Business Schools.” This is the eighth year the college has been included.

The Princeton Review bases the listing on online surveys of students attending the schools and includes two-page profiles of the schools with write-ups on their academics, student life and admissions. It also includes ratings for their academics, selectivity and career placement services.

“The Williams College of Business is honored to be in the ‘Best 294 Business Schools: 2012 edition’,” said Jennifer Bush, assistant dean for MBA programs at Xavier.

“What makes this honor so unique is the use of student feedback. When students say the Xavier MBA provides them a ‘holistic view of the business world’ and has enhanced their critical business thinking and allowed them to become a better thinker and leader, then we know our educational mission of providing a better MBA for a better world is being accomplished.”

Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior vice president and publisher, said he recommends the Williams College of Business “as one of the best institutions to attend to earn an MBA.

“We chose the 294 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."

The profile of the MBA programs states: "Xavier University’s practical MBA programs have a very strong reputation among [members of] the business community in Cincinnati, and across the Midwest.”

It quotes from students attending the Xavier MBA programs who say, “You get a closer relationship with your classmates and faculty. These stronger relationships allow for an abundance of networking opportunities.”

The Princeton Review does not rank the business schools in the book on a single hierarchical list from 1 to 294 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 schools profiled in the book. One list, "Toughest to Get Into," is based solely on institutional data. The lists are posted at The Princeton's Review's business school rankings page. More information about the book and The Princeton Review is available on the home page at

“The Best 294 Business Schools: 2012 Edition" also has advice on applying to business schools and funding a degree. It is one of the more than 150 Princeton Review books published by Random House. The Princeton Review is known for its guides to colleges and to standardized tests, classroom and online test-prep courses, tutoring and other education services. Headquartered in Framingham, Mass., The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University and is not a magazine.

"The Best 294 Business Schools: 2012 Edition" is published by Random House/Princeton Review and sells for $22.99.