University of Portland’s Pamplin School of Business named a Best Business School 2018 by the Princeton Review


Awards and Rankings

November 13, 2017

The Pamplin School of Business’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at the University of Portland has been named to the Princeton Review’s list of Best Business Schools 2018. One of 267 on-campus MBA programs included nationally, the Pamplin School was selected based on academic excellence and additional institutional data.

The Pamplin School of Business was also one of four Oregon university business schools named to the Princeton Review’s list of Best Business Schools (West) 2018. The full rankings are available online.

“MBA programs are competitive, but what makes the Pamplin School of Business an excellent choice is the close working relationship graduate students can develop with our faculty,” said Robin Anderson, dean of the Pamplin School of Business. “In our programs, our graduate students also have the opportunity to connect with other students and alumni, bringing real world professional experience into the classroom. The Princeton Review recognition reflects that unique experience that is rarely found within MBA programs.”

The Princeton Review's on-campus MBA survey asked students at the 267 business 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 conducted in the 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17 academic years. Institutional data collected from the schools was also included in the assessments.

The business school profiles have sections on academics, student life, admissions information and graduates' employment data. In the profile on the Pamplin School of Business, students remarked that the school “features some of the Pacific Northwest's top-notch faculty and a curriculum ‘integrating professional experience into academic concepts.’ The program administrator has made this ‘wonderfully run’ program ‘extremely easy to do while working,’ as many do, and the university even offers some tuition discounts to those who are seeking Nonprofit Management degrees (a notable program here), as well as scholarships for international students.”

Students also remarked that the school’s Catholic ties result in “an ideals driven environment,” one that also happens to be ‘understanding of students working while attending classes.’ Most of the students are able to work with professors one on one’ outside of class.

The profiles also have five categories of ratings that The Princeton Review tallies based on institutional data it collected during the 2016-17 academic year and/or its on-campus MBA student survey. The ratings are scores on a scale of 60 to 99.  Rating categories are: Academic Experience, Admissions Selectivity, Career, Professors Interesting, and Professors Accessible. The Princeton Review explains the basis for each rating score in the profiles.

The University of Portland’s Pamplin School of Business Master of Business Administration (MBA) program has also been ranked 84th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in its  2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Grad School rankings. The Pamplin School of Business is ranked highest out of Oregon institutions that offer part-time MBA programs. The full rankings can be seen on U.S. News & World Report’s website.

Pamplin School of Business MBA Program
The University of Portland’s MBA curriculum focuses on contemporary leadership by challenging graduate students to think cross-functionally about a variety of large and small business issues. Six areas of concentration are offered in the program, including entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, strategy, sustainability, and operations & technology management. The full curriculum can be seen on the program’s website.



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