PSU School of Business Named a Best B-School by The Princeton Review
Author: Jenna Cooper, APR
Posted: November 8, 2017
#3 Best Green MBAPortland State University’s School of Business is an outstanding business school and one that prepares students to address environmental, sustainable and social responsibility issues in their careers, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company profiles the school in its 2018 annual business school rankings.
According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review Senior VP-Publisher, "We recommend The School of Business at Portland State University as one of the best to earn an MBA. We chose the 267 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 23,000 students attending these schools who reported on their experiences at their schools on our 80-question student survey."

“We are honored and proud to learn we are 3rd in the country for something we believe in – and have believed in for some time,” said Dean Cliff Allen, PSU’s School of Business. “Sustainability, corporate social responsibility, the circular economy and innovation touch everything we research and teach – from finance to marketing. It prepares our students, not just for certain industries but for their careers in today’s integrated landscape.”

Karl Miller Center NEThe Princeton Review's on-campus MBA survey asked students at the 267 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 and conducted in the 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17 academic years.

The timing comes as The School of Business opens its new, world-class building, the Karl Miller Center. A state-of-the-art LEED Platinum-eligible facility that will continue to attract and serve top talent from around the world.

The Princeton Review’s business school profiles have sections on academics, student life, admissions information and graduates' employment data. Some of the comments from surveyed students attending The School of Business:

"While I expected to enter B-school with a bunch of traders and bankers, I was surprised to find a group of students that shared my, and Portland's, sensibilities regarding the world, and who are looking forward to showing the world that business people are not only out to bring down the financial system, en route to earning billions." — Portland State Business Student

"Portland is truly at the center of this nation's move toward sustainability," and therefore, "being in Portland is a huge plus — there's so much sustainable business thinking and practice here that it's easy to see in the field what I learn in school." A student adds, "I have been introduced to and met with many people that are driving regional and national movements on the cutting edge of sustainability." — Portland State Business Student

The School of Business’ environmental commitment #1:

Portland State University's School of Business’ Impact Entrepreneurs (IE) is unleashing the promise of business for social impact. Founded in 2010, it is a network of individuals and organizations committed to fostering economic, social, and ecological prosperity through entrepreneurial action. The group works with partners locally and globally, delivering initiatives that strengthen organizations, build entrepreneurial impact-focused leaders, and catalyze social innovation.

The School of Business’ environmental commitment #2:

The School of Business opened its Karl Miller Center in Fall 2017. A state-of-the-art LEED Platinum facility will continue to attract and serve top talent from around the world. The project tripled the size of the business school while cutting its carbon footprint by 50 percent.

The School of Business’ environmental commitment #3:

The PSU School of Business is a leader in supply chain management education, one of the first schools to offer closed-loop education.

The profiles also have five categories of ratings that The Princeton Review tallies based on institutional data it collected during the 2016-17 academic year and/or its on-campus MBA student survey. The ratings are scores on a scale of 60 to 99. Rating categories are: Academic Experience, Admissions Selectivity, Career, Professors Interesting, and Professors Accessible. The Princeton Review explains the basis for each rating score in the profiles at:

The Princeton Review does not rank the on-campus MBA programs from 1 to 267, or name one business school best overall. Instead, Best Business Schools 2018 has 18 ranking lists of the top 10 on-campus MBA programs in various categories. Seventeen of the 18 lists are based entirely or partly on The Princeton Review's surveys of students attending the schools. A few lists, such as "Best Career Prospects," use both student survey and institutional data. The list, "Toughest to Get Into," is based solely on institutional data.

The Princeton Review also reports its list of top 25 online MBA programs, which uses both student survey and institutional data. The Princeton Review explains the methodology for its ranking lists at

About Portland State University’s School of Business

Portland State University’s School of Business is renowned for its leading-edge research and world-class faculty. Located in the heart of Portland, Oregon, this urban campus takes a realistic and holistic approach to learning with a focus on sustainability, economic impact, and social and environmental stewardship. The School of Business offers eight master’s degrees, seven undergraduate concentrations, four minors, and multiple certificate programs, all with real-world applicability. U.S. News & World Report ranks its AACSB-accredited undergraduate and graduate business programs among the best in the nation. The Princeton Review recognizes the School as a “Best College” to major in business. The School’s Portland MBA is also ranked #3 in The Princeton Review’s Best Green MBA ranking. For more information, please visit:

About The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review is a leading tutoring, test prep, and college admission services company. Every year, it helps millions of college- and graduate school-bound students achieve their education and career goals through online and in-person courses delivered by a network of more than 4,000 teachers and tutors, online resources, and it’s more in more than 150 print and digital books published by Penguin Random House. The Princeton Review is headquartered in New York, NY. The company is not affiliated with Princeton University. For more information, visit Follow the company on Twitter @ThePrincetonRev.

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