Princeton Review Names UND CoBPA as One of Best Business Schools

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UND business college featured as 'best in the west' in The Princeton Review's Best 294 Business Schools: 2012 Edition

The University of North Dakota College of Business and Public Administration (CoBPA) is an outstanding Cargill Roombusiness school, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the new 2012 edition of its book, The Best 294 Business Schools (Random House / Princeton Review, on sale date October 11, 2012, $22.99).

The UND CoBPA is specifically cited in the new guide as of only 54 institutions in the western United States to make the Princeton Review's "Best Business Schools (West)" list. The UND college appears on that list with other exceptional business schools at institutions such as Stanford University, the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, Los Angeles.

According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior vice president-publisher, "We recommend the University of North Dakota College of Business and Public Administration to readers of our book and users of our site,, as one of the best institutions they could attend to earn an MBA. We chose the 294 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."

"It is clear from student comments that they are pleased with the College of Business and Public Administration's MBA curriculum and how courses are offered," said Tim O'Keefe, UND CoBPA Master's of Business Administration program adviser. "We have strived to increase program accessibility by modifying and modernizing program requirements and delivery methods. We have worked hard to ensure that our students feel well supported whether on-campus or at a distance. This ranking provides evidence that we may have succeeded in that regard and is a testament to the dedicated work of our excellent faculty and staff, to the quality of our students, and to the support of the University of North Dakota."

"The Best 294 Business Schools: 2012 Edition" has two-page profiles of the schools with write-ups on their academics, student life, and admissions, plus ratings for their academics, selectivity, and career placement services.

In the profile on UND, the Princeton Review editors describe the school as: focused on offering students the resources they need for a flourishing future." Classes are offered in the afternoon, evening, and long distance and "can easily be fit into your busy schedule." Many students earn their degrees remotely, through a "convenient online MBA program."

They quote students attending the UND CoBPA who say "The greatest strength of the University is its commitment to its students. There is no doubt in my mind that UND does everything in its power to help its students succeed."

In a "Survey Says . . . " sidebar in the profile, The Princeton Review lists topics that UND students it surveyed were in most agreement about. The list includes: "solid preparation in general management and computer skills." The Princeton Review's 80-question survey for the book asked students about themselves, their career plans, and their schools' academics, student body and campus life.

The UND CoBPA is the largest school of business in North Dakota and serves an average of 1,750 undergraduate students and 150 graduate students per year. Committed to providing educational and social opportunities to all its students, the college offers more than 20 professional student clubs and organizations. Students can also take advantage of many cooperative employment and internship programs throughout the year.

The college is the first accredited business college in North Dakota. Our accrediting agency, AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), establishes standards to promote the highest levels of educational quality. The college is one of only 549 business educational institutions accredited in the world and is one of only ten schools accredited in the upper-Midwest.

The Best 294 Business Schools: 2012 Edition also has advice on applying to business schools and funding the degree. It is one of the more than150 Princeton Review books published by Random House. The line includes "The Best 167 Law Schools: 2012 Edition" – which also published on October 11, 2011 and has 11 ranking lists of top 10 schools largely based on surveys of students attending them. Other Princeton Review books include "The Best 168 Medical Schools: 2012 Edition," plus guides to graduate school admission exams and application essays. The Princeton Review is also known for its guides to colleges and to standardized tests, its classroom and online test-prep courses, tutoring, and other education services. Headquartered in Framingham, MA, The Princeton Review ( is not affiliated with Princeton University, and it is not a magazine.