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Indiana State listed among top business programs in national ranking

October 14, 2015

Indiana State University again earned a spot on the Princeton Review's best business school rankings.

"Small classes, great teachers, good assistantships" and "an affordable tuition" helped the Scott College of Business' Master of Business Administration program make the list for the 10th consecutive year.

"We're glad to have made that list once again," said Jeff Harper, executive director of graduate programs for the Scott College. "When we were named to the list for the first two or three years, it was really a cause for celebration and excitement. It still is, but it's different now because our expectations have changed and grown and now we expect to be named to the list."

The academic test preparation and admissions counseling company listed the ISU program in "The Best 295 Business Schools" for 2016. The review derived its rankings using responses of more than 22,000 students from 295 business schools nationwide as well as institutional data for the past three academic years.

The Princeton Review highlighted multiple positive aspects of the program, naming the MBA program's size "both a major asset and an occasional drawback," though smaller class size means "great faculty accessibility."

The Princeton Review also highlights student feedback on the opportunities the program provides students who want to get involved on campus, including a student who commented, "There is always something to be involved in for anyone who wants to get involved," including several MBA Association activities that "allow students from all cultures to come together."

The organization also identified the university's location in Terre Haute as an asset, as the city is "very close" to Indianapolis, St. Louis and Chicago, among other cities; has amazing parks and low cost of living so that students are able to enjoy other activities while attaining their education.

Compared to the first time Indiana State made the ranking nearly a decade ago, Harper said a greater emphasis is now being placed on graduate education in the College of Business.

"We have started a second program, our executive MBA, that we offer in Plainfield and it comes under the same scrutiny as the campus program, but it has a different demographic of students," he said. "They are all working professionals with five or more years of work experience. With these two top-accredited, nationally-recognized programs, our expectations are that our students are better, that our faculty are more accomplished, our facilities are first-rate and our alumni represent the university very well."

Contact: Jeff Harper, executive director of graduate programs, Scott College of Business, Indiana State University, 812-237-2006 or

Writer: Betsy Simon, assistant director of media relations, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-7972 or