Stetson School of Business and Economics Again Among Princeton Review’s Best Business Schools


ATLANTA/MACON – Mercer University's Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics (SSBE) again appears among the pages of “The Best 295 Business Schools” guidebook, released by The Princeton Review on Tuesday.

The Princeton Review does not rank the 295 institutions hierarchically. Instead, top-10 rankings are published in 11 categories. For the second consecutive year, SSBE is ranked No. 5 for providing the “Greatest Opportunity for Minority Students.”

The Princeton Review tallied its lists based on its surveys of more than 22,000 students attending the 295 business schools. The 80-question survey asked students to rate their schools on several topics and report on their experiences at them. Some ranking list tallies also factored in school-reported data.

“We at Mercer University appreciate the recognition from Princeton Review all these years and, especially, the many accolades offered by our students regarding their experiences in our business programs,” said Dr. Susan P. Gilbert, dean of the Stetson School of Business and Economics. 

“We have been fortunate to be able to offer both intimate learning environments with academically and professionally accomplished faculty, and a diverse student population that will serve them well when they graduate.”

The profile in the guidebook lauds SSBE for partnering with Mercer's College of Pharmacy to offer one of the only dual MBA/PharmD degrees in the country, as well as having “Atlanta's most accommodating MBA program for working students.”

Student survey data reports, “Throughout disciplines, Mercer employs 'strong professors with real-world experience,' who are able to offer an 'in-depth understanding of what we were learning in class and how it applied to the business world.' On top of that, Mercer's 'small class size' lends itself to 'team-oriented projects and a lot of class interaction,' giving students a chance to collaborate, network and develop their communication skills.”

The rankings that appear in the 2015 edition of the guidebook and online factor in data from Princeton Review's online surveys completed by business school students during the 2014-15, 2013-14 and 2012-13 academic years. The survey asked students about their school's academics, student body and campus life and their career plans. On average, 74 students at each business school were surveyed. All institutional data reported in the books were collected in 2014-15.

The book's school profiles report admission, academics, financial aid, campus life and career/employment information. The profiles also include school ratings (scores from 60 to 99) in five categories based primarily on institutional data.

About the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics

Established in 1984, Mercer University's Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics is named for Eugene W. Stetson, a 1901 Mercer graduate and business pioneer who leveraged the first major buyout in corporate history. Over the past 80 years, Mercer has granted over 12,000 business degrees, and many of its graduates hold senior leadership positions in companies around the world. Mercer's business school delivers career-focused business education programs and develops entrepreneurial leaders and responsible global citizens. It holds accreditation from the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which places it among the top five percent of all top business schools worldwide. Mercer's business school has been recognized by the Princeton Review for “Greatest Opportunity for Minority Students” and “Greatest Opportunity for Women” as well as being one of its “Best Business Schools.” In addition, it has been recognized among the “Top 15 Schools in the Nation for Marketing and Accounting.” The School offers the following programs: Atlanta (Evening BBA, Full-Time (One-Year) MBA, Evening MBA, Executive MBA, Professional MBA, Master of Accountancy, M.S. in Business Analytics), Macon (Traditional BBA and Evening MBA), Douglas County and Henry County (Evening BBA).

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