UMass Amherst Isenberg School's MBA Program Earns Four Top Ten National Rankings from Princeton Review
The Isenberg School's full-time residential MBA program has received four top-ten national rankings in the just-published 2007 edition of the Princeton Review's annual survey of business schools, Best 282 Business Schools (Random House/Princeton Review). The Isenberg School was one of only seven schools to receive four or more top-ten rankings among the survey's eleven categories. (The other six business schools represented Harvard, Stanford, Dartmouth, NYU, Northwestern, and UCAL Berkeley.)
In the 2007 survey, the Isenberg School ranks 2nd in the category, Best Overall Academic Experience; 4th in the category, Best Professors; 5th in the category, Greatest Opportunity for Women; and 10 th in the category, Toughest to Get Into.
In Best Overall Academic Experience, the Isenberg School moved up two places from its number four ranking in 2005 and 2006. The category considers GMAT scores and undergraduate grades of enrolled students, the percentage of students accepted and enrolled, the student-faculty ration, and student responses to survey questions about faculty, fellow students, and achievement of academic excellence.
The Isenberg School repeated last year's number four ranking in Best Professors, which employed student satisfaction ratings of two factors-teaching effectiveness and faculty accessibility to students outside the classroom. "Excellence in both teaching and faculty accessibility are both long-standing hallmarks of our program," observes Isenberg School Associate Dean for Professional Programs, Eric Berkowitz. "More than 90% of our full-time faculty, by the way, also teach in our Professional MBA program."
The Isenberg School's number-five ranking in Greatest Opportunity for Women and its number-ten ranking in Toughest to Get Into marked the first time that the School has achieved top-ten rankings in those categories. "Historically, the percentage of women in our program has been consistently high by national standards," notes Berkowitz. "In the 2007 edition of US News and World Report's Best Graduate Schools, we ranked first among the top 60 MBA programs for percentage of women. "This year that figure is 46%. That's easily 10% higher than most other leading MBA programs." The Toughest to Get Into category, Berkowitz continues, is based on Princeton Review's empirical, objective Admission Selectivity rating. "Our full-time program focuses on building a small cohort of extremely bright, professionally experienced MBA students. We typically admit only 20-25% of our applicants.
"During the past four years, every indicator of student quality in our residential program has risen steadily, including age, work experience, and GMAT scores," observes Berkowitz. The Isenberg School also offers off-campus Professional MBA programs in Holyoke, Pittsfield, Shrewsbury, and online in fifty states and fifteen countries. In addition to its general curriculum, the online program offers MBA degrees tied to specific professions. To that end, the Isenberg School's growing reputation has attracted an increasing number of professionals in the fields of medicine, financial services, and computer applications.
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