ECU College of Business named a top business school for 2013

For the sixth straight year, the College of Business at East Carolina University has earned top marks, ranking among the best U.S. business schools according to The Princeton Review. The New York-based education services company features ECU in its newly released 2013 edition of “The Best 296 Business Schools.”

Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior VP-publisher, said, “We consider East Carolina University one of the best institutions a student could attend to earn an MBA. We selected the schools we profile in this book – 280 of which are in the U.S. and 16 are international ‒ based on our high regard for their academic programs and our reviews of institutional data we collect from the schools. We also solicit and greatly respect the opinions of students attending these schools who rate and report on their experiences at them on our 80-question survey for the book.”

Dr. Stan Eakins, dean of the ECU College of Business (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

As part of its rating in the new guide, the College of Business is outlined in a two-page profile highlighting academics, career and placement, student life and environment, and admissions information. The profile also touts the College’s solid preparation in teamwork, communication/interpersonal skills, quantitative skills, and computer skills. Direct quotes from business students note the College’s “intimate feel,” as well as its “individual attention” and “friendly atmosphere.” Professors in the College of Business “expect hard work and high professionalism from each student,” and in describing the College’s distance education, students say that “very little of the East Carolina spirit is lost over the Internet” and “the interactive media makes up for the lack of face time.”

Dr. Stan Eakins, dean of the College of Business, said, “The College of Business is proud to earn recognition as a best school again not only in the Southeast, but also nationally. We’re now doing even more to prepare the next generation of leaders, and there is no higher level of accomplishment for us than students who value their educational experience, benefit directly from it, and go on to make a difference in their communities.”

The Princeton Review compiled the information based on its surveys of 19,000 students attending the 296 business schools in its book, as well as on school-reported data. The ranking lists and other data are available online at