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The Princeton Review Ranks UAlbany's School of Business Among Top 15 Graduate Schools Most Highly Rated By Students

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The School of Business is one of 15 top-rated graduate schools of business named to "Student Opinion Honors for Business Schools" in the general management category.

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 27, 2009) -- The University at Albany's School of Business was among the Master's in Business Administration (MBA) programs most highly rated by their students, according to a report in the April issue of Entrepreneur Magazine. The School is one of 15 top-rated graduate schools of business named to "Student Opinion Honors for Business Schools" in the general management category. The lists were derived from the opinions of MBA students attending the schools and were created and compiled by The Princeton Review, an education services company.

"This national ranking in Princeton Review reflects our growing prominence in teaching and research," said School of Business Dean Don Siegel. "More importantly, it signifies our commitment to providing students with the strong foundation they need to succeed in today's competitive business environment."

Students were asked to report on their classroom and campus experiences at their schools and evaluate their MBA programs in several areas. Students assessed how their business school courses had prepared them to succeed in each of six areas: accounting, finance, general management, global management, marketing and operations.

The School's MBA degree also currently ranks ninth in offering the "Greatest Opportunity for Women," according to the Princeton Review's 2009 Best 296 Business Schools. The ranking gages the support structure for female students at the school, whether the business school offers coursework for women entrepreneurs, and whether case study materials for classes proportionately reflect women in business.

UAlbany's School of Business is currently engaged in a capital campaign to support a new state-of-the-art academic and research facility. The University received $54 million in support from the 2008-09 New York State budget. Additionally, UAlbany received a commitment for $525,000 from University at Albany alumni at Deloitte and the Deloitte Foundation to establish the Deloitte Foundation Endowment and the Accounting Chair Deloitte Foundation Opportunity Fund. The endowment will support faculty research, and establish and maintain state-of-the-art teaching facilities within the school’s new building. The Opportunity Fund will enable the Accounting Department chair to support faculty research, student participation in symposiums and competitions, and other opportunities to enhance their academic experience.

The Deloitte commitment is the largest gift to date in support of the new School of Business building, which will feature technologically advanced classrooms and meeting spaces, wireless internet access, breakout rooms for team projects, space for student and career services, student reception areas, and more graduate assistant work space. The building is expected to be completed by 2013.

The School of Business is engaged in exceptional undergraduate, graduate and executive programs; pioneering research; and the ethical and globally oriented pursuit of business opportunity. The School is renowned for innovative contributions to the business and accounting professions through discovery, communication and the application of new knowledge. Eighty-five percent of School of Business undergraduates are employed fulltime by three months of graduation and another 12 percent go on to graduate school. For the fulltime MBA program, about 97 percent are placed in fulltime positions within three months of graduation. The University placed three undergraduates at Goldman Sachs in the summer of 2008.

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