COBE among best business schools in U.S., says The Princeton Review


Radford University's College of Business and Economics (COBE) has been named one of the best business schools in the United States by The Princeton Review.

The education service company features COBE in its book, "The Best 296 Business Schools: 2015 Edition," citing the college's MBA program.

"You could say business is booming at Radford's College of Business and Economics," The Princeton Review stated in its guide. The book features two-page profiles on each listed school with attention given to academics, student life and admissions.

"This recognition by The Princeton Review is yet another vote of confidence in our MBA program's excellent curriculum, dedicated faculty and amazing facilities," said COBE Dean George Low. "We are proud of this accomplishment, but are even more excited about the future as we make improvements to the program that will make it even more attractive to potential students."

The Princeton Review tallied its lists of best business schools based upon its surveys of 21,600 students attending the 296 business schools. The survey asked students to rate their schools on several topics and report on their experiences at the schools.

From the survey, The Princeton Review quotes RU MBA students saying "those who want the knowledge and skills to run an organization, even a global one, will be hard-pressed to find a better school, especially for the price."

The school profiles in "The Best 296 Business Schools" have rating scores in five categories that The Princeton Review tallies based on institutional data it collected. The ratings are scores on a scale of 60 to 99. Ratings categories are: academic experience, admissions selectivity, career, professors interesting and professors accessible. COBE faculty scored an 86 rating in the "professors interesting" category.

The Princeton Review explains the basis for each rating score in the book and on its website at

The Princeton Review does not rank business schools in its book on a single hierarchical list. Instead, the book has 11 ranking lists of the top 10 business schools in various categories. Ten lists are based entirely or partly on The Princeton Review's surveys of 21,600 students attending the 296 business schools profiled in the book. The lists are compiled using data from The Princeton Reviews' student surveys as well as data from institutional surveys.

"I'm delighted to read in The Princeton Review what everyone has known for so long – The Radford MBA program is one of the best-kept secrets in Virginia," said RU MBA Director Stacey Turmel. "Our MBA program's focus on analytics and innovation provides our students with a marketable advantage over their peers in this global economy."

COBE began offering its MBA program online at the beginning of the Fall 2014 semester with classes in accounting and innovation.

The MBA program is also offered on campus for both full and part-time students. 

Full-time students can earn their MBA in as little as 12 months, while engaging in programs and courses that prepare them for a diverse global work environment. Part-time MBA students can complete the program at the Roanoke or Radford campuses in only two years.

Individuals interested in the RU MBA program do not need a bachelor's degree in business. However, foundation knowledge in accounting, economics, finance and statistics is required. To satisfy the foundation requirements, self-paced, online courses, taught by RU faculty, are available.

RU's MBA program is the only such program in Southwest Virginia accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

For more information about the RU MBA program, call (540) 831-6905, email or visit the RU MBA website.

Oct 15, 2014