For the fourth consecutive year, The Princeton Review has named The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) an outstanding business school, recognizing the excellence of the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program in the College of Business.

UTC was named one of the top 300 business schools, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the new 2011 edition of its book, “The Best 300 Business Schools” (Random House / Princeton Review, on sale date October 12, 2010, $22.99).

According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review Senior VP-Publishing, “We are pleased to recommend UTC College of Business to readers of our book and users of our site, www.PrincetonReview.com , as one of the best institutions they could attend to earn an MBA. We chose the 300 business schools in this book based on our high opinion of their academic programs and offerings, as well as our review of institutional data we collect from the schools. We also strongly consider the candid opinions of students attending the schools who rate and report on their campus experiences on our survey for the book.”

“The UTC College of Business is proud to again be ranked by The Princeton Review as a top 300 Business School and to receive its recommendation as one of the best institutions students can attend to earn an MBA,” said Dr. Richard Casavant, Dean of the College of Business. “Students highlight our MBA program’s entrepreneurial focus and attention to international business along with excellent faculty as key strengths. The ranking validates the fact that we are, in fact, a College of distinction and a place of choice for our students.”

“The Best 300 Business Schools: 2011 Edition” has two-page profiles of the schools with descriptions of academics, student life, and admissions, plus ratings for their academics, selectivity, and career placement services. The Princeton Review editors say UTC College of Business professors “earn high marks for ‘real-world’ experience, motivation to teach, (and) excitement about their areas of expertise.” A student is quoted as saying “UTC’s MBA program is a great place for students to extend their base knowledge, especially if your undergraduate degree is not business-related.”

In its “Survey Says . . . ” sidebar, The Princeton Review lists survey topics agreed upon by most UTC College of Business students. They include: “students love Chattanooga” and students feel the program offers “solid preparation in accounting and computer skills.” The Princeton Review’s 80-question survey for the book asked students about themselves, their career plans, and their schools’ academics, student body and campus life.

UTC College of Business provides quality graduate education programs that prepare students with the knowledge, business skills, and training for managerial, professional, or entrepreneurial activities. The UTC MBA program prepares future business leaders with the tools to compete in a constantly changing, competitive environment while the UTC EMBA (Executive MBA) program is designed to train current and potential executives who wish to enhance their leadership effectiveness without interrupting their career. The UTC MAcc (Master of Accountancy) provides students with a greater breadth and depth of study in advanced accounting.

“The Best 300 Business Schools: 2011 Edition” also has advice on applying to business schools and funding the degree. It is one of the more than 165 Princeton Review books published by Random House.

The Princeton Review does not rank the business schools in the book on a single hierarchical list from 1 to 300, or name one business school best overall. Instead, the book has 11 ranking lists of the top 10 business schools in various categories. Ten lists are based on The Princeton Review’s surveys of 19,000 students attending the 300 business schools profiled in the book. (Only schools that permitted The Princeton Review to survey their students were eligible for consideration for these lists.) Conducted during the 2009-10, 2008-09, and 2007-08 academic years, the student surveys were primarily completed online. One list, “Toughest to Get Into,” is based solely on institutional data. (All schools in the book were eligible for consideration for this list.)

The Princeton Review is also known for its guides to colleges and to standardized tests, its classroom and online test-prep courses, tutoring and other education services. The Princeton Review is headquartered in Framingham, MA: its editorial offices are in New York City. The company is not affiliated with Princeton University, and it is not a magazine.

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