Princeton Review names USD's Beacom School of Business one of nations best

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota’s Beacom School of Business is one of the nation’s outstanding business schools, according to The Princeton Review, which recognized America’s top business schools with the release of its “The Best 300 Business Schools: 2011 Edition” guidebook, which is available now.

The Beacom School of Business gains mention in the “Best 300 Business Schools” for its academic programs and offerings as well as for affordability and high-quality faculty. Established in 1927, the Beacom School of Business is the only nationally-accredited business program in South Dakota. Criteria used in rating the nation’s best business schools, as stated by The Princeton Review, were based on institutional data and surveys that categorized business schools based on issues such as “Most Competitive Students,” “Best Campus Facilities” and “Best Classroom Experience.”

“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,” stated Robert Franek, senior vice president of publishing, Princeton Review. “We also strongly consider the candid opinions of students attending the schools who rate and report on their campus experiences.”

The Princeton Review cited USD’s quality and convenience stating, “For South Dakotans, there is no better package than a USD M.B.A.” The guidebook points out that, “while this state school is low cost, it maintains high-quality academic programs.” These reviews were based on an 80-question survey for the book that asked students about themselves, their career plans, their schools’ academics, student body and campus life.

The Princeton Review does not rank business schools in the guidebook 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. For more information or to view The Princeton Review’s “The Best 300 Business Schools: 2011 edition,” please visit