Two Mercer MBA Programs Make ‘Top 15’ Lists in Entrepreneur Magazine’s April Issue

March 25, 2010

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MACON/ATLANTA — Reviews by Master of Business Administration students at Mercer University’s Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics place the program among the top 15 in the nation in two categories of The Princeton Review’s “Student Opinion Honors for Business Schools.” The MBA students cited Mercer’s preparation as superior in the categories of marketing and accounting, putting the University in the same company as Duke, Harvard, Indiana, Michigan and Northwestern. The list appears in the April 2010 issue of Entrepreneur magazine.  

“The Stetson School of Business and Economics is honored to be recognized as one of the top 15 MBA programs in the nation in two of the six areas surveyed,” said Dr. David Shields, dean of the business school. “We believe that we provide our students with outstanding academic preparation for professional careers, and are pleased that the Princeton Review has recognized this.  This recognition is a tribute to our faculty and also to our students who demand relevant and rigorous academic preparation in the important areas of accounting and marketing.

“This recognition places the Mercer MBA programs squarely within the ranks of the top MBA programs in the nation,” he said. “Our MBA programs continue to provide the highest quality academic preparation for our students at a reasonable tuition level.”

Created and compiled by The Princeton Review, the “Student Opinion Honors for Business Schools” lists are reported in six categories: accounting, finance, general management, global management, marketing and operations.  Each list names the 15 graduate schools of business that were most highly rated by their students evaluating their MBA program’s preparation in specific categories. The business schools appear in alphabetical order on the lists and are not ranked one to 15.  In addition to appearing in the magazine, the lists are also posted at www.entrepreneur.com/topcolleges and www.PrincetonReview.com/studentopinionhonors.aspx.

Mercer was the only Georgia-based MBA program to be placed on two lists, and among other Georgia schools, only Georgia Tech’s MBA program was recognized in the operations category.

The Princeton Review compiled the lists using data from its national survey of 19,000 MBA students attending 301 business schools profiled in its book, Best 301 Business Schools: 2010 Edition published in October 2009. In that edition, the Stetson School of Business and Economics’ MBA program also was ranked No. 3 in the nation in the category of “Greatest Opportunity for Women,” an honor that the book bestowed upon the MBA program in the 2008 edition as well.

Using its 80-question survey, the Princeton Review asked students to report on classroom and campus experiences at their schools and rate their MBA programs in several areas.  It tallied the “Student Opinion Honors” lists based on students’ assessments of how well (on a five-point scale) they felt their business school courses had prepared them to succeed in each of the six areas.  

Since 2006, Entrepreneur and The Princeton Review have also partnered in reporting annual ranking lists of the “Top Entrepreneurial Colleges and Business Schools” that identify 25 undergraduate and 25 graduate schools for their outstanding entrepreneurship programs.  The current lists, reported in Entrepreneur’s October 2009 issue, are at www.entrepreneur.com/topcolleges.

The Princeton Review also annually reports school rankings in its Best 301 Business Schools and Best 172 Law Schools books, each of which include 11 ranking lists of the top 10 schools in the books in various categories based on institutional data and student surveys.  

About the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics at Mercer
Established in 1984, the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics offers bachelor’s, MBA, Professional MBA, Executive MBA and Master of Accountancy programs. The School holds accreditation from the prestigious AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, considered the hallmark of excellence among the nation’s top business schools and placing it among the top 25 percent of all business schools in the world. For more information, visit www.mercer.edu/business.

About Mercer University
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University enrolls more than 8,000 students in 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies – on major campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah and at three regional academic centers across the state. Mercer is affiliated with two teaching hospitals — Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah and the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, and has educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta. The University operates an academic press and a performing arts center in Macon and an engineering research center in Warner Robins. Mercer is the only private university in Georgia to field an NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit www.mercer.edu.
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