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Loyola University New Orleans College of Business Named Among “Best Business Colleges” by The Princeton Review

Loyola press release - October 7, 2016

Loyola University New Orleans Joseph A. Butt, S.J. College of Business ranks among the nation’s and region’s best business schools and is considered an “outstanding business school,” according to The Princeton Review. The school in appears in this year’s edition of the educational services company’s annual guide to business schools, The Best 294 Business Schools: 2017 Edition” published by Penguin Random House/ Princeton Review Books, and on The Princeton Review website.

“To hear The Princeton Review recommending Loyola University New Orleans as one of the best schools in which to earn an MBA is always a thrill,” said Dean William Locander. “Loyola University New Orleans’ College of Business is consistently spotlighted for its commitment to excellence, academic rigor, high level of engagement, welcoming atmosphere, and opportunities for professional practice.”

Rankers analyzed data from surveys of 25,000 students attending the schools and of administrators at the schools in developing this edition. 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.

In a two-page profile, The Princeton Review says Loyola’s “ ‘small, flexible MBA program’ ‘really caters to each and every student,’ a fact appreciated by the predominantly part-time student body in the College of Business’ graduate programs. MBAs here also love the ‘Jesuit tradition,’ which encourages “involvement in the New Orleans community.’ I appreciate being at a place that not only educates my mind, but gives me social awareness as well,’ one student writes.”

Loyola offers a traditional MBA program as well as a “fast-track” MBA designed to be completed within one year. The MBA program also offers specialization tracks allowing students to select three elective courses in a specific concentration including: Finance, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, and Operations.

The MBA culminates in a Capstone Consulting Project where students are required to conduct research and produce an in-depth report of a company applying all major topics covered in all required courses taken throughout the student’s tenure in the MBA program. Moreover, the program offers intensive seminars on topics vital to an MBA program such as orientation and launch, venture and start-up entrepreneurship, career development, and ethics and social justice.

Students surveyed by The Princeton Review spotlighted Loyola’s small class size, a high level of engagement between students and professors, and faculty’s genuine interest in student’s wellbeing and learning. They also emphasized a high level of involvement by the administration and cited Loyola’s business school as “more like a family, which makes it that much easier to learn.”

Also referenced by The Princeton Review is Loyola’s Career Development Center, which serves all undergraduate and graduate students of the university. Services include self-assessment instruments, career counseling, internship and job placement services, and guidance in resume writing, interviewing, job search, and salary negotiation skills. The office organizes on-campus recruiting events. The MBA Association also contributes by organizing networking events.

In recent years, Loyola MBAs have been placed with Chevron, Children’s Hospital, Fidelity Homestead Savings Bank, General Electric, Shell Trading, US Department of Treasury, UNITY of Greater New Orleans, John Besh Restaurant Group, Postlethwaite and Netterville, and other leading employers.

“We recommend Loyola University New Orleans as one of the best to earn an MBA,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review Senior VP-Publisher, in a statement. “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. We also solicited and greatly respect the opinions of 25,000 students attending these schools who reported on their experiences at their schools on our 80-question student survey for the book."