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Princeton Review lists business college among best for MBA

The Princeton Review lists Western Carolina University’s College of Business as one of the nation’s best schools at which to earn a master’s degree in business administration.

The education services company (not affiliated with Princeton University) has included the WCU college in its profiles of 252 outstanding on-campus programs, with results based on surveys of 23,000 MBA students attending the institutions, as well as assessment of academics and institutional data.

In addition to praising the MBA program, students surveyed said WCU’s College of Business provides solid preparation in finance and general management.

WCU’s MBA curriculum was designed in collaboration with regional employers and is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the internationally recognized accrediting agency for business schools. The program boasts participative engagement with area businesses through tours, internships and guest speakers, adding networking opportunities to the classroom experience.

The program offers flexible enrollment, so students may attend full time or part time. Classes are offered in a hybrid format, with about half the class sessions meeting in the evenings at the university’s Biltmore Park instructional site in Asheville, and the other half completed online. The 36-hour curriculum can be completed by full-time students in three semesters and by part-time students in six semesters. No prerequisite courses are required, but incoming students must attend a pre-MBA “boot camp” each August that covers the basics of accounting, math, economics and Excel.

“We recommend WCU as one of the best to earn an MBA,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review editor-in-chief. “We chose the 252 on-campus MBA programs schools on this list 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 18,400 students attending these schools who reported on their experiences at their schools on our 80-question survey.”

For more information about WCU’s MBA program, contact Kelly McIntyre, MBA program manager, at 828-654-6533 or

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