Eastern Michigan University College of Business rated among nation’s best for 15th consecutive year

Students cite quality of faculty, diversity, low cost and vibrant classroom experience in survey used to compile rankings

The exterior of EMU's College of Business Gary M. Owen building with "Best Business School" banner on the bricks.

YPSILANTI – “Experienced professors.” “A dynamic classroom environment.” “A great return on investment.”

Based on such assessments, Eastern Michigan University's College of Business has been ranked one of the nation’s best business schools for the 15th consecutive year, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features Eastern as one of the 252 schools featured in the new 2019 edition of its book, “The Best Business Schools 2019."

The EMU College of Business emphasizes a global-based approach to educating students, who can choose from a wide variety of disciplines.

 “This continuing and meaningful recognition by The Princeton Review underscores that our faculty members are providing a distinct, focused and highly beneficial global-based education to our students, who are then enjoying successful and fulfilling careers in a wide variety of high-demand disciplines," said Kenneth Lord, dean of EMU's College of Business.

Student surveys play role in rankings

The Princeton Review bases its methodology and rankings of business schools on school-reported data along with feedback from students. The Review surveyed more than 18,000 students attending the 252 business schools in the book. The Review does not rank the business schools in the book on a single hierarchical list from 1 to 252. 

The Princeton Review's survey asked students at the 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 and conducted over the past four years.

“Great support for students”

Comments about the EMU College of Business in the 2019 book’s profile on Eastern include:

  • With its convenient location, experienced professors, and low tuition, the MBA program at Eastern Michigan University’s College of Business offers a great return on investment.
  • Designed for working professionals, EMU’s courses are offered in the evenings, online, through hybrid online/classroom delivery, and even some Saturdays. The format is totally flexible, and students can take as little as one class per semester and up to a full course load.
  • While balancing a career and an education can be tricky business, students say EMU provides great support 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 twenty, which gives students the opportunity to work directly with professors who provide PhD-level class time, rather than having to work through a teaching assistant. The result is a dynamic classroom environment, in which discussion is encouraged and professors challenge you to develop your own opinions regarding global business and economies.
  • In addition to the professors, there is “lots of diverse work experience among the students,” adding even more depth to the academic environment.
  • Catering to its diverse student body, EMU offers specializations in a variety of business fields, including business analytics, e-business, entrepreneurship, internal auditing, international business, management, and nonprofit management, as well as the opportunity to pursue a general MBA with no particular specialization (in that case, students can choose from a variety of electives to meet the units required for graduation).

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 more than 2,600 students pursuing one of 14 majors or 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. Next fall the COB is launching a Master of Science in Finance program, tailored to developing students for a variety of high-demand, well-paying careers.

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 public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 19,000 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.

November 14, 2018

Written by:
Geoff Larcom

Geoff Larcom