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Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business among top in Princeton Review's 'Student Opinion Honors for Business Schools'


HOUSTON – (March 23, 2010) – Rice University's Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business is one of 15 schools named to the Princeton Review’s second annual “Student Opinion Honors for Business Schools” lists in both the finance and accounting categories. The lists appear in the April 2010 issue of Entrepreneur, the nation’s leading publication for and about entrepreneurs.

Created and compiled by the Princeton Review, the “Student Opinion Honors for Business Schools” lists are reported in six categories: accounting, finance, general management, global management, marketing and operations. Each list names the 15 graduate schools of business that were most highly rated by their students evaluating their MBA program’s preparation in specific categories.

The business schools appear in alphabetical order on the lists and are not ranked 1 to 15. In addition to appearing in the magazine, the lists are also posted at www.entrepreneur.com/topcolleges  and www.PrincetonReview.com/studentopinionhonors.aspx .

"The Rice MBA is gaining global recognition for excellence from multiple sources, but it is especially gratifying that we are ranked highly in both accounting and finance by our students – who have firsthand knowledge of the quality of our faculty and the quality of their preparation for the business world and the community," said Bill Glick, dean of the Jones School.

The Princeton Review compiled the lists using data from its national survey of 19,000 MBA students attending 301 business schools profiled in its book, "Best 301 Business Schools: 2010 Edition." The 80-question survey asked students to report on classroom and campus experiences at their schools and rate their MBA programs in several areas. The Princeton Review tallied the “Student Opinion Honors” lists based on students’ assessments of how well (on a five-point scale) they felt their business school courses had prepared them to succeed in each of the six areas.

“We commend the schools on these lists for the outstanding job they are doing in preparing their students to apply their MBA training beyond the classroom to successful job searches and productive careers," said Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher for the Princeton Review. "We know this will be particularly meaningful to business school applicants in these challenging economic times.”

“B-schools are more creative than ever at finding ways to bridge the gap between academia and business,” said Amy Cosper, vice president and editor-in-chief of Entrepreneur. “The 'Student Opinion Honors' couldn’t be timelier for those considering a b-school education as a part of their entrepreneurial journey. Taking a deeper look at how these schools have managed to gain class approval would be the first act of due diligence readying them for business ownership.”

Since 2006, Entrepreneur and the Princeton Review have also partnered in reporting annual ranking lists of the “Top Entrepreneurial Colleges and Business Schools” that identify 25 undergraduate and 25 graduate schools for their outstanding entrepreneurship programs. Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business placed fifth in the ranking reported in Entrepreneur’s October 2009 issue. That list is available at www.entrepreneur.com/topcolleges .

Rice consistently ranks highly in many categories in the Princeton Review's "The Best 371 Colleges." In the 2010 edition, Rice ranked No. 1 nationally for "best quality of life," No. 8 for "happiest students," No. 11 for "lots of race/class interaction" and No. 19 for "great financial aid." Rice also ranked No. 7 in the Princeton Review's "Best Value Colleges for 2010."

To speak with Glick, contact David Ruth, Rice's director of national media relations, at 713-348-6327 or druth@rice.edu .

To speak with Franek, contact Leah Pennino, executive director of communications at the Princeton Review, at 508-663-5133 or lpennino@review.com .