Princeton Review names UHV business school number 3 for minorities, top 300 overall

University of Houston-Victoria’s School of Business Administration was ranked number three in the nation for opportunities for minority students and is one of the top 300 business schools in the nation overall, according to survey findings by The Princeton Review, an education services company.

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UHV is featured in The Review’s 2011 edition of its book, "The Best 300 Business Schools," published Oct. 12. “We are pleased to recommend UHV as one of the best institutions they could attend to earn an MBA,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior vice president of publishing. “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.”

Franek said the publication also strongly considers the candid opinions of students attending the schools, who rate and report on their campus experiences at their schools on a survey.

The survey listed UHV’s School of Business Administration with 818 enrolled in the MBA program, with 72 percent part-time, 64 percent minorities and 25 percent international. The school had solid ratings for faculty as well with 86 percent of students finding the faculty “interesting” and 81 percent listed as “accessible.” UHV has 91 percent minority faculty.

“We’re delighted to have been recognized by The Princeton Review again this year,” said Farhang Niroomand, dean of the UHV School of Business Administration. “The student feedback which informs their ranking process tells us that we’re moving in the right direction in terms of quality, convenience, diversity and many other characteristics that students value. It’s a testament to the dedication of our faculty and staff.”

The Princeton Review does not rank the business schools in the book 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.

“Efficiency and convenience define the University of Houston-Victoria Master of Business Administration,” the Review stated. “No matter what your previous preparation or current time restraints, you can get a quality education from this regional college.”

Student survey comments included: “Rigor of online program is excellent”, “Professors are accessible and demand the best from us” and “Administration is professional and well run.”  Students also praised the number of options available in the MBA program and the student services staff.

Students enrolled in mostly online courses said the quality of instruction remained high.

“I have discussed my courses with friends who are enrolled and taking MBA courses in a face-to-face setting at another university, and the courses and experiences are very similar,” one student surveyor commented.

Ten lists are based on The Princeton Review’s surveys of 19,000 students attending the 300 business schools profiled in the book. Surveys were collected during the past three academic years. Schools not taking part in the survey are not included on the lists.

UHV is one of only 66 schools (22 percent of the 300) that appear on two or more of the book’s ranking lists.

The Princeton Review also publishes best law schools, medical schools, plus academic guides to colleges and to standardized tests, classroom and online test-prep courses, tutoring and other education services.

The report is available in book form, with the title “The Best 300 Business Schools: 2011 Edition.” More information is available at

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

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