ATLANTA/MACON – Mercer University's Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics (SSBE) again appears among the pages of "The Best 296 Business Schools" guidebook, released by The Princeton Review on Tuesday.
The Princeton Review does not rank the 296 institutions hierarchically. Instead, top 10 rankings are published in 11 categories. SSBE is ranked No. 5 for providing the "Greatest Opportunity for Minority Students," following multiple years in the top five for providing the "Greatest Opportunity for Women."
The Princeton Review tallied its lists based on its surveys of 21,600 students attending the 296 business schools. The 80-question survey asked students to rate their schools on several topics and report on their experiences at them. Some ranking list tallies also factored in school-reported data.
"Business schools across the nation have struggled with the challenge of attracting and enrolling women and minority students. We know that these groups are underrepresented at the graduate level. By delivering programs that are both relevant and attractively priced, we have managed to successfully diversify our cohort programs at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. We hope to continue on this trajectory of serving minorities and women, and to collect even more accolades from students who participate in Princeton Review surveys," said Dr. Susan Perles Gilbert, dean of the Stetson School of Business and Economics.
The two-page profile in the guidebook notes that "Throughout disciplines, Mercer employs 'strong professors with real-world experience,' who are able to offer an 'in-depth understanding of what (students) were learning in class and how it applied to the business world.' On top of that, Mercer's 'small class size' lends itself to 'team-oriented projects and a lot of class interaction,' giving students a chance to collaborate, network, and develop their communication skills."
The rankings that appear in the 2015 edition of the guidebook and online factor in data from Princeton Review's online surveys completed by business school students during 2013-14, 2012-13 and 2011-12 academic years. The survey asked students about their school's academics, student body and campus life and their career plans. On average, 73 students at each business school were surveyed. All institutional data reported in the books were collected in 2013-14.
The book's school profiles report admission, academics, financial aid, campus life and career/employment information. The profiles also include school ratings (scores from 60 to 99) in five categories based primarily on institutional data.
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About the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics
Established in 1984, Mercer University's Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics is named for Eugene W. Stetson, a 1901 Mercer graduate and business pioneer who leveraged the first major buyout in corporate history. Over the past 80 years, Mercer has granted over 12,000 business degrees, and many of its graduates hold senior leadership positions in companies around the world. Mercer's business school delivers career-focused business education programs and develops entrepreneurial leaders and responsible global citizens. It holds accreditation from the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which places it among the top five percent of all top business schools worldwide. Mercer's business school has been recognized by the Princeton Review for "Greatest Opportunity for Minority Students" and "Greatest Opportunity for Women" as well as being one of its "Best Business Schools." In addition, it has been recognized among the "Top 15 Schools in the Nation for Marketing and Accounting."
The School offers the following programs: Atlanta (Evening BBA, Full-Time (One-Year) MBA, Evening MBA, Executive MBA, Professional MBA, Master of Accountancy, M.S. in Business Analytics), Macon (Traditional BBA and Evening MBA), Douglas County and Henry County (Evening BBA). www.mercer.edu/business