Princeton Review 'Best 300 Business Schools' recommends GSOM as strong, smart, innovative

The Graduate School of Management at Clark University is listed among the nation’s best in The Princeton Review’s  2011 edition of "The Best 300 Business Schools.”

The Graduate School of Management (GSOM) is a diverse community of learners, researchers, and business professionals that prepares future leaders to think critically, manage collaboratively and contribute to their organizations and society. The GSOM offers the MBA, MBA in Social Change, MBA/MA in Community Development and Planning, MBA/MA in Environmental Science and Policy, and MS in Finance.

According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review Senior VP-Publishing, "We are pleased to recommend the Graduate School of Management at Clark University to readers of our book and users of our site,, as one of the best institutions they could attend to earn an MBA.”

The publishers chose the 300 business schools based on review of their academic programs as well as institutional data collected from the schools. Also considered are the “candid opinions of students attending the schools that rate and report on their campus experiences at their schools on our survey for the book."

"The Best 300 Business Schools: 2011 Edition" has two-page profiles of the schools with write-ups on their academics, student life, and admissions, plus ratings for their academics, selectivity, and career placement services.

In the Clark GSOM profile, editors describe the school as: "a small graduate business program strong in finance (so strong, in fact, that it offers both an MBA with a finance concentration and a Master of Science in Finance)."

A GSOM student is quoted, saying, "I have seen a steady progression in Clark’s course offerings that indicates that they understand the ‘real-world’ challenges facing students and are adapting appropriately, I am particularly encouraged by the apparent increase in courses addressing innovation, social sustainability, entrepreneurship, and management leadership." 

In a "Survey Says" sidebar in the Clark profile, The Princeton Review lists topics that GSOM students surveyed were in most agreement about. The list includes: “Friendly students, cutting-edge classes, smart classrooms, solid preparation in: general management, teamwork, and doing business in a global economy." The Princeton Review's 80-question survey for the book asked students about themselves, their career plans, and their schools’ academics, student body and campus life.

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. Ten lists are based on The Princeton Review's surveys of 19,000 students attending the 300 business schools profiled. (Only schools that permitted The Princeton Review to survey their students were eligible for consideration for these lists.)

Since its founding in 1887, Clark University in Worcester, Mass., has a history of challenging convention. As an innovative liberal arts college and research university, Clark’s world-class faculty lead a community of creative thinkers and passionate doers and offer a range of expertise, particularly in the areas of psychology, geography, urban education, Holocaust and genocide studies, environmental studies, and international development and social change. Clark’s students, faculty and alumni embody the Clark motto: Challenge convention. Change our world.

"The Best 300 Business Schools: 2011 Edition" also has advice on applying to business schools and funding the degree. It is one of the more than 165 Princeton Review books published by Random House. The Princeton Review ( is also known for its guides to colleges and to standardized tests, its classroom and online test-prep courses, tutoring and other education services. The Princeton Review is headquartered in Framingham, MA; its editorial offices are in New York City. The company is not affiliated with Princeton University, and it is not a magazine.