"A great atmosphere for learning," and "a great return on investment." Student comments explain why EMU College of Business among nation's best for 13th consecutive year in Princeton Review rankings

YPSILANTI – “A great return on investment.” “An overall great atmosphere for learning.” “A dynamic class environment.” Plus amazing professors and small class sizes.

Based on such student assessments, Eastern Michigan University's College of Business has been ranked one of the nation’s best business schools, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features Eastern in the new 2017 edition of its book, "The Best 294 Business Schools."


The EMU College of Business emphasizes real-world education leading to excellent careers for its graduates.

"This recognition, awarded for the 13th consecutive year, illustrates that our faculty are providing an exciting, top-tier and real-world business education to our students, who are going on to exceptional and meaningful careers," said Michael Tidwell, dean of EMU's College of Business.

Student surveys play role in rankings

The Princeton Review bases its rankings of business schools on school-reported data along with surveys of students. The Review compiled the list based on its surveys of more than 25,000 students attending the 294 business schools in the book, as well as on school-reported data. The Review does not rank the business schools in the book on a single hierarchical list from 1 to 294. 

“We chose the 294 schools in this book based on our high regard for their academics and our assessment of institutional data we collect from the schools,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Senior VP-Publisher. “We also solicited and greatly respect the opinions of students attending these schools who reported on their experiences.”

The Princeton Review's survey asked students at the 294 b-schools about their school's academics, student body, and campus life as well as about themselves and their career plans. The student surveys that were used for this edition were completed online at http://survey.review.com and conducted in the 2015-16, 2014-15 and 2013-14 academic years.

Challenged to develop own opinions

Comments (with student remarks’ in quotes) about the College of Business in the 2017 book’s profile on Eastern include:

• With its convenient location, experienced professors and low tuition, the MBA program at Eastern Michigan’s College of Business offers a great return on investment.

• While balancing a career and education can be tricky business, students say EMU “provides great support for students and an overall great atmosphere of learning.”

• “Most of the professors are amazing,” with close to 100 percent of the school’s faculty holding the highest degree available in their field.

• Graduate class sizes average fewer than 20, which gives students the opportunity to “work directly with professors who provide Ph.D. level class time, rather than having to work through a teaching assistant.”

• The result is a dynamic class environment in which discussion is encouraged and “professors challenge you to develop your own opinions regarding global business and economies.”

Appealing to every career stage

EMU's College of Business offers graduate programs that are appropriate to students at every stage of their career, and classes may be taken full-time or part-time, and in some cases online or through a hybrid of online and in-class coursework.

The College of Business has nearly 2,400 undergraduate students pursuing one of 12 majors and more than 700 graduate students pursuing either an MBA, Masters of Information Systems, Masters of Integrated Marketing Communications, Masters of Human Resources and Organizational Development, Masters of Accounting, Masters of Taxation or a graduate certificate.

The Princeton Review is also known for its many categories of college rankings, its classroom and online test-prep courses, tutoring and its other education services. Headquartered in Framingham, MA, the Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University and it is not a magazine.

To learn more about the College of Business, please visit the COB website.

About Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest university in Michigan. It currently serves 22,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Health and Human Services; Technology, and its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.

October 11, 2016

Written by:
Geoff Larcom

Geoff Larcom