WMU named in Princeton Review's 2021 'best business schools'

Contact: Molly Goaley

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University's Haworth College of Business is once again on Princeton Review's list of best business schools. The education services company profiles the college in its 2021 annual business school rankings.

“Despite all that this past year has brought with it, the Haworth College of Business has kept the bar high for outstanding academics,” notes the publication, recommending WMU Haworth as one of the best places to earn a Master of Business Administration degree. 

“Each school we selected offers stellar academics as well as robust experiential components,” says Rob Franek, Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief. “Our goal, for the more than 25 years we've conducted this project, is to help MBA applicants identify the business schools best for them. Our multiple categories of ranking lists are designed to help them do just that.”

MBA student Janani Shivaguru sitting with pen and paper in study lounge

The Haworth College of Business is once again recognized by The Princeton Review for its MBA program.

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

“We are pleased to be named once again to the Princeton Review’s list of best business schools for an MBA,” says Dr. Satish Deshpande, dean of the college. “Our faculty work very hard to provide a rigorous and relevant program that builds essential skills in business while meeting the unique needs of working professionals. Our program benefits graduate students in multiple ways—as both business leaders and individuals.”


The Princeton Review asked students at the 244 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 adaptability, specialization and a global outlook as strengths of WMU's MBA program, Princeton Review editors note in their profile of WMU Haworth that “word of mouth plays a big part in many students’ decisions to attend.” One student even noted they were referred to the school by a CEO.

Another anonymous survey comment from a WMU student notes the college's strengths, saying, “I like the ability to earn a specialization within my MBA program—I have some flexibility to change my curriculum if my interests change.” 

Additionally, faculty were considered “stellar” to “amazing.” One respondent notes, “Teachers bring a great attitude and very effective teaching style[s]” to class. Another student says, “Every semester I have entered into a new classroom and thought, ‘Wow, this is my most favorite professor ever.’”

The profiles also have five categories of ratings the Princeton Review tallies based on institutional data it collected during the 2019-20 academic year and its on-campus MBA student survey. The ratings are scores on a scale of 60 to 99 with rating categories including: 

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

Among the ratings in the WMU Haworth profile are scores of 92 for both the “professors interesting” and “professors accessible” categories. To see the full list or learn more about methodology, view the results online.


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