College of Business included among Princeton Review’s “282 best”

Western Carolina University’s College of Business is ranked among the nation’s best business schools in a book published this week by The Princeton Review, earning high marks for the small class size and caring attitudes of professors in the Master of Business Administration Program.

The New York-based education services company features Western in the 2007 edition of its “Best 282 Business Schools” publication, which is based on surveys of 18,000 students attending the 282 business schools profiled in the book.

“We chose schools for this book based on our high regard for their academic programs and offerings, institutional data we collect from the schools, and the candid opinions of students attending them who rate and report on their campus experiences at the schools,” said Robert Franek, vice president of publishing for Princeton Review. “We are pleased to recommend Western Carolina to readers of our book and users of our Web site as one of the best institutions they could attend to earn an MBA.”

WCU students told the editors that they especially liked that instruction is provided by “professors who are at the Ph.D. level and are experienced as teachers,” and appreciated the college administration for being “helpful in every way it can be, from signing students up for classes to sending out job vacancies from business.”

Many students said they enjoyed the fact the MBA program attracts students from all around the world. “I learned a lot about different cultures by just simply getting to know my fellow students,” one respondent told Princeton Review. Another student called classmates, including many young professionals with families, “bright, friendly, motivated and interesting people…from a variety of backgrounds and work experiences.”

The national recognition of WCU’s MBA program comes a year after the university’s Master of Entrepreneurship Program took first place in a national competition sponsored by the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

“We are proud to be included in the best business schools listing in the Princeton Review,” said Leroy Kauffman, dean of the College of Business. “Inclusion in this list speaks well of the hard work of the program; its director, Michael Smith; and all graduate faculty involved with the MBA program.”

For more information about the MBA program at WCU, contact Michael Smith at (828) 227-3697, via e-mail at, or visit the Web site,