CSUSB featured among The Princeton Review’s best business schools


Cal State San Bernardino’s College of Business and Public Administration has been named one of the nation’s top business schools by The Princeton Review.

The education services company features CSUSB in the new 2013 edition of its annual guidebook, “The Best 296 Business Schools.”

“It is gratifying to see our faculty and staff receive recognition for the hard work they put in on a daily basis so that our students and community stakeholders are in a better position to achieve their aspirations,” said Lawrence Rose, dean of CSUSB’s College of Business and Public Administration. “We truly are one of the best kept secrets in the Inland Empire, but I hope rankings such as these will go some way toward changing that reality.”

“We consider California State University, San Bernardino one of the best institutions a student could attend to earn an M.B.A.,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior vice president-publisher. “We selected the schools we profile in this book – 280 of which are in the U.S.A. and 16 are international – based on our high regard for their academic programs and our reviews of institutional data we collect from the schools. We also solicit and greatly respect the opinions of students attending these schools who rate and report on their experiences at them on our 80-question survey for the book.”

CSUSB’s College of Business and Public Administration has been included among The Princeton Review’s best business schools for the better part of the past decade, including 2006, when the university’s graduate entrepreneurship program ranked fourth in the nation in a survey by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine.

In 2010, Cal State San Bernardino was named by European CEO Magazine as one of the world’s 18 most innovative business schools and one of only four honorees in the United States. The Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship, housed in the college, captured the 2010 “Outstanding Specialty Entrepreneurship Program Award” from the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Both the undergraduate and graduate business programs are fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business – a distinction earned by less than 10 percent of business schools worldwide. In addition, the university’s Master’s in Public Administration is accredited by NASPAA, the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

“The Best 296 Business Schools: 2013 Edition” has two-page profiles on each of the schools’ academics, student life and admissions, plus ratings for their academics, selectivity and career placement services. In the profile on Cal State San Bernardino, the Princeton Review editors claim that students attend CSUSB for two primary reasons: “the reputation of the college and the value of the education.”

The review goes on state that CSUSB’s College of Business and Public Administration has numerous “highly ranked M.B.A. programs and possesses the coveted AACSB accreditation, which lends to its already sizeable esteem.” The college not only offers an M.B.A. program, but an M.B.A. for Executives track that allows people who are currently working as decision makers to attend class for any number of subjects that affect the current workplace. Additionally, a majority of the classes take place at night, which allows working professionals to continue their education after they leave work for the day.” The convenience and diversity of these classes and programs are appealing to all age groups and experience levels,” the report said.


Jack Brown Hall, home of CSUSB’s College of Business and Public Administration. Photo: Robert Whitehead/CSUSB

In the profile, students rave about the experienced faculty and explain that many teachers are “student-centric and want to see their students learn and succeed. They are also “open and aware of new ideas in the business world and understand trends in the business market, which [the students] need to be aware of when [they] leave school.”

The Princeton Review does not rank the business schools in the book on a single hierarchical list from 1 to 296, or name one business school best overall.

With an enrollment of nearly 18,000 students, CSUSB reflects the dynamic diversity of the region and has the most diverse student population of any university in the Inland Empire. Every one of its academic programs that is eligible has earned national accreditation. The “value added” by a CSUSB education ranks in the top 4 percent in the nation, according to the Collegiate Learning Assessment, a sequence of tests that measure student learning in the freshman and then in the senior year.

For more information about The Princeton Review, contact Jeanne Krier at (212) 539-1350.

Also visit Cal State San Bernardino’s College of Business and Public Administration website.

For more information on Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit news.csusb.edu.