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CBA Listed Among Nation’s Best

Published: November 16, 2015

The College of Business Administration (CBA) at CSULB has, once again, been named an outstanding business school by the Princeton Review and is featured in the 2016 edition of its guidebook, The Best 295 Business Schools.

“I was very happy—and excited—to receive notification that CBA is one of Princeton Review’s 2016 Best Business Schools,” said Michael Solt, dean of the College of Business Administration. “To be included in the group of top U.S. business schools makes all of us proud—faculty, students, staff and alumni—because every day we each do our best to strive for the highest standard of education. When recognition comes from such a well-known and reputable organization such as Princeton Review, it really validates all the good work that the college produces.”

CSULB’s CBA has three “affordable and efficient” MBA options that are highlighted. The guide mentions the Saturday MBA, a 23-month sequence of four 10-week sessions per year that are scheduled on Saturdays for the convenience of full-time workers; the Self-Paced MBA, a program that can be pursued either full- or part-time; and the Accelerated MBA, a 13-month, full-time program for students eager to jump start their business careers. It also has smaller classroom sizes with about 25 students per instructor.

The CBA, which is also accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, offers MBA concentrations in finance, human resources management, management, management information systems, marketing and health care management.

“Both the university and the college say that achieving student success is the most important thing we do,” said Solt. “For CBA, this is reflected in our curricula, in the way faculty teach, and in the commitment of our students. Since accomplishing student success is really a team effort, being recognized by the Princeton Review means that not only are we doing what we say we should, but that we also are doing it very well.”

The Princeton Review does not rank the business schools hierarchically.

“Each school in our books offers outstanding academics: no single law or b-school is ‘best’ overall,” said Robert Franek, senior vice president/publisher of the The Princeton Review. “We publish rankings in several categories along with our detailed profiles of the schools to give applicants the broader information they need to determine which school will be best for them.”

The Best 295 Business Schools has two-page profiles of each school. The book’s school profiles report admission, academics, financial aid, campus life and career/employment information. The profiles also have ratings (scores from 60 to 99) in five sections for academic experience, admissions selectivity and career services, and offer students advice on applying to business schools and funding their degree.

The list was completed by surveying 21,600 students and administrators at the 295 featured schools. Students were asked their opinions of their school’s academics, student body and campus life as well as their career plans.

“We want to help our students succeed in their careers and they know that they have to achieve success through hard work, not through any entitlements,” Solt concluded. “Because our students typically work full-time and go to school part-time, we structure our MBA programs in ways that meet the needs of these working professionals—day, evening, and Saturday formats.”

–Richard Manly