BOONE—The Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University is one of the nation’s most outstanding business schools, according to The Princeton Review . The education services company features the school in the new 2014 edition of its book “The Best 295 Business Schools.”
According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior vice president-publisher, “We recommend the Walker College of Business as one of the best institutions a student could attend to earn a business school degree.”
The company does not rank the schools in the book hierarchically.
“We chose the schools we profiled in this book based on our high regard for their academic programs and our reviews of institutional data we collected from the schools,” Franek said. “We also solicited and greatly respect the opinions of students attending these schools who rated and reported on their experiences at them on our 80-question student survey for the book.”
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.
“It’s an honor for the Walker College of Business to be included again on this prestigious list of best business schools,” said Professor Randy Edwards, dean of the college. “I am especially pleased that our graduate students recognized the excellent instruction that is provided by faculty in the MBA program and also the high-quality academic experience that they receive.”
“The Best 295 Business Schools: 2014 Edition” has two-page profiles of the schools with write-ups on their academics, student life and admissions. In the Walker College of Business profile, editors said the school “offers a small, efficient, and affordable MBA program to a largely local student population. For many, the fast-paced course schedule is a major benefit of this program. Here, the entire MBA – including an optional internship – can be completed in ‘only one year.’”
The profile also noted the college’s focus on international business and its study abroad opportunities in China, Hong Kong, Turkey, Cuba, France and Poland.
Students enrolled in the business program praised the college’s caring, student-oriented atmosphere and personal attention. “The school has a great administration that is willing to work with the students in order to help the students achieve their goals,” one student reported. In addition, “The professors, on the whole, are easy to get along with and are always willing to help the students.” Another student reported, “Teachers are knowledgeable and excited for students to learn.”
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 2012-13 academic year and/or its student survey for the book. The ratings are scores on a scale of 60 to 99. Rating categories are: Academic Experience, Admissions Selectivity, Career, Professors Interesting and Professors Accessible.
The Walker College of Business received a rating of 79 in the Academic Experience category, 80 for Professors Interesting and 77 for Professors Accessible.
Conducted during the 2012-13, 2011-12 and 2010-11 academic years, the student surveys were completed online. The category ranking lists in the book are posted at http://www.princetonreview.com/business-school-rankings.aspx.