College of Business among ‘Best 300’

A book published recently by the Princeton Review lists Western Carolina University’s College of Business as among the nation’s best schools at which to earn a master’s degree in business administration.

The educational services company features WCU in the 2011 edition of its guidebook, “The Best 300 Business Schools,” which is based on surveys of 19,000 students in business programs around the world.

“We are pleased to recommend Western Carolina University to readers of our book and users of our site,, as one of the best institutions they could attend to earn an MBA,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president of publishing. “We chose the 300 business schools in this book based on our high opinion of their academic programs and offerings, as well as our review of institutional data we collect from the schools. We also strongly consider the candid opinions of students attending the schools who rate and report on their campus experiences at their schools.”

In addition to praising the MBA program, students surveyed also said WCU’s College of Business provides solid preparation in finance and general management.

“We are proud that our master’s degree program in business administration once again is receiving accolades from the Princeton Review. Such recognition is indicative of the high quality of teaching and learning that can be found throughout our College of Business academic programs,” said Louis E. Buck Jr., interim dean of the college.

Buck noted that earlier this year the college’s online program in project management received a No. 1 national ranking in quality and affordability, and the online master of entrepreneurship program is “one of the most comprehensive programs of its kind in the country.”

“Honors like these make us even more confident that we are on the right track in preparing business-ready students,” Buck said.

For more information about WCU’s MBA program, contact Steve Ha, director of the program, at 828-227-3008, via e-mail at, or visit the website