Willamette MBA again named best business school by Businessweek and Princeton Review

by Lindsay Lennon,

The accolades reaffirm top-tier national status as highest-ranked program in Oregon.

For the fourth consecutive year, Bloomberg Businessweek named Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management one of the 85 Best Business Schools in the United States. Willamette MBA is the top-listed program in Oregon and is ranked 77 overall. Other schools include Oregon, Washington, Harvard, Cornell, Stanford and USC.

Businessweek’s rankings are based on recent graduates’ success securing employment and high starting wages and on surveys of students, alumni and recruiters. There are 526 programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in the U.S. and many more that are not accredited.  

This news comes on the heels of Willamette MBA being named by the Princeton Review as one of the 267 most outstanding business schools in the country.

princeton-reviewFor its 2018 business school rankings, the Princeton Review selected schools based on statistical data provided by the institutions as well as survey responses of 23,000 students attending a range of business schools. According to survey answers, Willamette MBA is well known as a leader in the Pacific Northwest, producing “top-notch, innovative graduates.”

Students emphasized hands-on consequential learning opportunities as well as “exceptional entrepreneurship classes” as highlights of the Willamette MBA curriculum in their survey responses to the Princeton Review, with particular mention of the school’s unique Angel Investor course, in which students make real-world business decisions as members of regional angel investment groups.

In their survey responses, Willamette MBA students offered glowing reviews of both faculty and administration, citing approachable and helpful professors. Additionally, the Princeton Review noted that a great deal of credit is owed to Willamette MBA’s “beloved” Career Management services team, which “works diligently” to secure student employment over summer breaks and by graduation, to run an impactful mentorship program, and to provide students with several valuable opportunities for networking at career-focused events.

For the full list of the Princeton Review’s best business schools of 2018, go to the Princeton Review.

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