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Princeton Review says MBA program among nation's best

October 22, 2007

For the second year in a row, The Princeton Review has recognized Indiana State University’s College of Business as among the best business schools in the nation.

“You get a lot of value for the money at ISU, where small class sizes and public-school tuition combine to deliver plenty of bang for your buck,” the New York City-based educational services company says in the 2008 edition of its “Best 290 Business Schools” publication.

“This recognition of the fine quality of Indiana State’s MBA program is a testament to the faculty and students and to Dale Varble, our associate dean,” said Nancy J. Merritt, dean of the ISU College of Business. “The inclusion of the ISU program among the ‘Best 290 Business Schools’ is verification of that quality and is especially gratifying when it comes largely from the students themselves.”

The Princeton Review chose schools for inclusion in the book, which focuses on master of business administration programs, based upon surveys of 19,000 students nationwide during the 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07 school years, and on school-supplied data.

Students repeatedly report that the "faculty is very knowledgeable," but also "very friendly, always willing to help, and very supportive," the Princeton Review says. “The program's emphasis on critical thinking means that students come out of school without the idea that they already know everything. Students are more than willing to learn and can think outside the box.”

The publication also notes that ISU business students have the opportunity to assist faculty in real-world research projects through programs such as the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), which provides business planning assistance to start-up companies, and through consulting services to existing small businesses

Earlier this year, The Princeton Review listed Indiana State among 161 institutions on its list of "Best Midwestern Colleges” for 2008, marking the fourth straight year for ISU’s inclusion on that list. The Princeton Review does not rank schools individually on those lists.

Known for its test-prep courses, education programs, admission services, and 200 books published by Random House, The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University.

Contact: Nancy J. Merritt, dean, College of Business, Indiana State University, (812) 237-2000 or

Writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Indiana State University, (812) 237-3743 or