Princeton Review names WMU a best business school

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Photo of a male WMU student examining dual computer screens inside WMU's Greenleaf Trust Trading Room.KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University's Haworth College of Business is an outstanding business school, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company profiles the college in its 2018 annual business school rankings.

"We recommend the Haworth College of Business as one of the best places to earn an MBA," says Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior vice president-publisher. "We chose the 267 on-campus MBA programs schools on this list based on our high regard for their academics and our assessment of institutional data we collect from the schools. We also solicited and greatly respect the opinions of 23,000 students attending these schools who reported on their experiences at their schools on our 80-question student survey."

The Haworth College of Business is among an elite group of fewer than 5 percent of business schools worldwide that are accredited at both the undergraduate and graduate levels by the AACSB International—the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Additionally, it is among a select 1 percent of business schools worldwide that have additional specialized AACSB accreditation for their accountancy programs.

"We are pleased to be named to The Princeton Review's list of best business schools for an MBA yet again," says Dr. Satish Deshpande, interim dean of the college. "Our faculty members work very hard to provide a rigorous and relevant program that benefits students in multiple ways as business professionals and leaders."

Best schools profiled

The Princeton Review asked students at the 267 business schools on its list about their school's academics, student body and campus life as well as about themselves and their career plans.

Identifying the emphasis on global business as a strength of WMU's program, Princeton Review editors note in their profile of the Haworth College of Business that "word of mouth plays a big part in many students' decisions to attend."

One of the anonymous survey comments from WMU students put it this way:

"Western Michigan University is an international melting pot in the heart of West Michigan. Classmates are from as far away as China, India and the Ukraine. This opportunity to meet and collaborate with such a diverse student body is setting the stage for my ability to expand my professional network in the global economy."

The profiles also have five categories of ratings that The Princeton Review tallies based on institutional data it collected during the 2016-17 academic year and/or its on-campus MBA student survey. The ratings are scores on a scale of 60 to 99. Rating categories are:

  • Academic experience
  • Admissions selectivity
  • Career
  • Professors interesting
  • Professors accessible

Among the ratings in the Haworth College of Business profile are scores of 92 for both the academic experience and for accessibility of professors. To view the full list or learn more about methodology, visit

The Princeton Review

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