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Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 10:10am

Rochester Institute of Technology's E. Philip Saunders College of Business is an outstanding business school, according to The Princeton Review. The New York-based education services company has selected the school for inclusion in the 2013 edition of its annual guidebook The Best 296 Business Schools, now available in bookstores.

"We are very proud of our inclusion in the 2013 edition of The Princeton Review," says Saunders College Dean dt ogilvie. "This reflects the excellent professors we have who are not only knowledgeable, but student-centered, which leads them to create rich and useful academic experiences for our students.

"Our world-class professors have a wealth of experience that allows them to relate what they are teaching students to the real world of business," ogilvie notes. "They enrich their classes with real-life scenarios that make their classes very informative and they care about and are supportive of students, not only in class, but out of class as well, so students really get to know their professors."

According to Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher of The Princeton Review: "We consider RIT's E. Philip Saunders College of Business as 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 USA and 16 are international-based on our high regard for their academic programs and our reviews of institutional data we collect from the schools."

Further evidence is listed in the Saunders College profile as cited by The Princeton Review editors: "RIT's MBA program provides a great blend of management and technical education. A major benefit is the wide array of concentrations offered, including quality and applied statistics and environmentally sustainable management, as well as traditional business fields like accounting and supply chain management."

Students in the program told The Princeton Review that they enjoy the emphasis on practical skills and real-world professors who have significant corporate experience and tie it well with academics to offer an enriched experience.

RIT's MBA students come from about 20 different countries to create a diverse and global environment. Some of the comments from students attending are: "The students are friendly and very focused when it comes to school but don't shy away from playing the occasional poker game now and then." Or as another full-time student says, "The whole campus has wi-fi and you can even find plugs near picnic tables and other outdoor locations for your laptop."

The Best 296 Business Schools has two-page profiles of the schools with write-ups on academics, student life and admissions, plus ratings for academics, selectivity and career placement services. The Princeton Review does not name a best business school overall or rank the schools on a hierarchical list from 1 to 296.

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