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Appalachian’s Walker College of Business featured in Princeton Review’s “Best 294 Business Schools: 2017 Edition”

By University Communications

BOONE, N.C.—The Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University is featured in the Princeton Review’s 2017 edition of “The Best 294 Business Schools.”

The review does not rank the 294 schools in the book but does offer 11 ranking categories where the review names the top 10 schools in each.

“The schools we selected for this guide all offer academically outstanding degrees. We recommend them highly,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president-publisher. “Their program offerings vary considerably, and we salute and highlight those distinctions in our profiles. Our purpose is not to rank schools hierarchically or crown any school as ‘best’ overall. Our goal is to provide school profiles combined with multiple rating scores and ranking lists to help applicants choose the best business school for them.”

“The Best 294 Business Schools: 2017 Edition” features two-page profiles of each school with descriptions of their academics, student life and admissions.

In the profile of the Walker College of Business (WCOB), editors described “an affordable MBA program,” which, if accelerated, can be completed in one year. They plug small classes of around 24 students each in “a caring, student-oriented atmosphere” with “plenty of personal attention.” They highlighted the fact that WCOB students are required to participate in an international experience, which includes participation in a program abroad. Recently, international experiences have taken place in countries such as China, Cuba, France, Costa Rica, Japan and Poland.

Appalachian’s MBA “covers all functional areas of business, including accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, supply chain management, business analytics and statistics, operations and information systems,” the editors said. “Students have the option of tailoring their education through a concentration in one of seven fields: business analytics, economics, interdisciplinary business, international business, leading and managing human resources, supply chain management, or sustainable business.”

In the student survey, The Princeton Review asked WCOB students about their school’s academics, student body and campus life as well as about themselves and their career plans.

In the survey, students said that the WCOB fosters happy students with “solid preparation” in accounting, presentation skills and doing business in a global economy. One student reported to the review that the college “has a great administration that is willing to work with the students in order to help the students achieve their goals.”

About Appalachian’s Walker College of Business

The Walker College of Business at Appalachian delivers transformational educational experiences that prepare and inspire students to be ethical, innovative and engaged business leaders who positively impact our community, both locally and globally. The college places emphasis on international experiences, sustainable business practices, entrepreneurial programs, and real-world applications with industry. Enrolling approximately 2,800 undergraduates in nine majors and nearly 150 graduate students, the Walker College is accredited by AACSB International – the premier global accrediting body for schools of business.

About Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 18,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

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