The James M. Hull College of Business at Augusta State University has been chosen by The Princeton Review for inclusion in the 2009 edition of The Best 296 Colleges—the second consecutive year that the college has been included in the prestigious edition.
“The inclusion of ASU’s Hull College of Business in The Princeton Review’s publication of the top business schools in the nation is a great tribute to the hard work and dedication of Dean Marc Miller and his faculty and staff and to the many accomplishments of the Hull College students. We are extremely proud of them,” says Samuel Sullivan, vice president for academic affairs. “We are also very appreciative of Mr. Jim Hull for his long-term commitment to Augusta State University and for his help in making this institution and our college of business outstanding places for faculty to work and for students to learn,” adds Dr. Sullivan.
The Princeton Review selects schools for the publication based on their high regard for the academic programs and offerings, institutional data from the schools, and the candid opinions of students attending them who rate and report on their campus experiences at the schools, according to Robert Franek, Princeton Review vice president for publishing.
“We are pleased to recommend Augusta State as one of the best institutions they could attend to earn an MBA,” he adds.
In the Best 296 Business Schools profile on Augusta State, The Princeton Review editors quote Hull College students who cite the college’s cutting-edge classes; career development; solid preparation in general management and presentation, quantitative, and computer skills; and personal attention from professors.
The Princeton Review‘s survey asked students about themselves, their career plans, and their schools’ academics, student body, and campus life. On a 100-point scale, Hull College students gave high marks to the quality of the academic program and to professors who are interesting and accessible, citing professors as “approachable and willing to help students.”
“Personal attention and career development are a given. Students have to actively work at not being known by the administration and faculty of the Business College,” say Hull students.
“The ranking by The Princeton Review shows the academic strength of our programs and the collegial environment of the Hull College,” says Marc Miller, dean of the Hull College of Business. “We are particularly pleased that the rating is partially based on the experiences reported by our students,” he adds.
According to the editors of The Princeton Review, “With so many chances to bond with peers and professors, it’s no wonder students tell us that ‘the school feels like a family.’ MBAs appreciate how the small-school environment creates ‘the opportunity to get to know the students and faculty on a greater than superficial level’—an opportunity students take advantage of by congregating in a small centralized area of the building before classes.
“Full-time students—consisting primarily of international students and undergraduates proceeding directly from their BA program to the MBA—tell us that ‘there is an active campus life at ASU even though few students actually live on campus. There are so many groups to be involved with and [there are] always activities going on. The school spirit at ASU is so alive, and the students there really love their campus. Most of the MBA students are graduates of ASU, so I believe they feel the same as well,’” say the editors.
MBAs at ASU must complete a 12-course sequence that includes two electives and 10 required courses in human resources management, marketing, finance, accounting, economics, production management, leadership, management information systems, business research methods, and an integrating course in strategic management. Students report that “ASU works hard to accommodate its students’ schedules by offering almost every needed subject in the program” during the fall and spring semesters.