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CSUN Makes Princeton Review’s List of ‘Best Business Schools’ for 4th Year in a Row

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For the fourth year in a row, California State University, Northridge has been named an outstanding business school by the Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the new 2011 edition of its book, “The Best 300 Business Schools.”

'The Best 200 Business Schools: 2011 Edition'

“The Best 300 Business Schools” has two-page profiles of the schools and their MBA programs with write-ups on their academics, student life and admissions policies, plus ratings for their academics, selectivity and career placement services.

In the profile on Cal State Northridge, Princeton Review editors describe CSUN’s MBA program as offering “solid preparation” in marketing, general management, communication/interpersonal skills, presentation skills and quantitative skills.

The editors quoted students who said the university’s “greatest strengths are its diverse student population, its understanding of the educational needs of the surrounding community and its commitment to students’ educations.”

“CSUN has a great reputation for producing great MBA graduates,” one student said.

Northridge MBA students enjoy “an open work environment” in which “fellow students are not extremely competitive, which creates a good learning environment,” said one testimonial. Another noted that the program’s leaders are “driven to expand the curriculum to be state-of-the-art while also adding value to the degree by recognizing alums’ and students’ accomplishment on a regular basis. There is a passion for business at this school that I did not expect.”

Deborah Cours

Deborah Cours, director of graduate and evening programs for Cal State Northridge’s College of Business and Economics, said university officials were pleased its MBA program was recognized with an elite group of MBA programs.

“Princeton Review’s evaluation recognizes our outstanding faculty, highly qualified student body and selective admissions process, and the emphasis we place on hands-on, experiential learning,” she said. “We know our employers appreciate that our graduates are ready to work and make smart decisions the minute they step on the job. As an MBA program that is accredited by the American to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, we deliver an amazing value proposition to our students.”

Robert Franek, vice president for publishing at Princeton Review, said company officials were “pleased to recommend California State University, Northridge to readers of our books and users of our site, www.PrincetonReview.com, as one of the best institutions they could attend to earn an MBA.

“We chose the 300 business schools in this book based on our high opinion of their academic programs and offerings, as well as our review of institutional data we collect from the schools. We also strongly consider the candid opinions of students attending the schools who rate and report on their campus experiences at their schools on our survey for the book.”

“The Best 300 Business Schools: 2011 Edition” is one of more than 165 Princeton Review books published by Random House. The line includes annual guides to the best law schools and medical schools, plus guides to grad school admission exams and application essays. The Princeton Review also is known for its guides to colleges and standardized tests, its classroom and online test-prep courses, tutoring and other education services. The company is not affiliated with Princeton University and is not a magazine.

California State University‚ Northridge’s College of Business and Economics graduate programs are created to satisfy the wants and needs of the working professional adult. These programs are constantly being modified and updated to adapt to the ever-changing domestic and international business environment. In addition‚ new programs are being added on a continuing basis to address new business areas. The programs combine academic rigor with relevance to prepare leaders for today´s and tomorrow’s challenges.

The MBA program focuses on developing leaders with an in–depth understanding of general business strategy‚ collaborative teamwork‚ leadership‚ and the skills and ethical framework to practice principled business decision–making. One of the cornerstones of experiential learning in the CSUN MBA program is its MBA Consulting Project. This course enables students to deliver professional level consulting services to companies and organizations throughout the Greater Los Angeles area.

California State University, Northridge has more than 33,000 full- and part-time students and offers 66 bachelor’s and 53 master’s degrees as well as 28 teaching credential programs. Founded in 1958, CSUN is among the largest single-campus universities in the nation and the only four-year public university in the San Fernando Valley. The university serves as the intellectual, economic and cultural heart of the Valley and beyond.

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