Fairfield University's Dolan School of Business named to Princeton Review's 2010 "Best Business Schools" list

Fairfield University's Dolan School of Business named to Princeton Review's 2010 "Best Business Schools" list

Fairfield University's Charles F. Dolan School of Business has been named an outstanding business school by the Princeton Review - the fifth time in a row it has been included among an impressive nationwide list of graduate business programs.

The education services company features the Dolan School of Business in the new 2010 edition of its book, "The Best 301 Business Schools" (Random House / Princeton Review), which includes the opinions of students at what editors have deemed the best Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) - accredited programs.

The Princeton Review does not rank the business schools in the book on a single hierarchical list.

Norm Solomon, Ph.D., dean of the Dolan School, said, "Administrators, faculty and staff are especially pleased about the recognition because it is based on feedback from students. It's important to mention that students cited the outstanding faculty and the real-world scenarios that they teach as among the most positive components of a business education at Fairfield."

Over the course of a three-year survey cycle, the book's editors collected the opinions of Fairfield business students and those of MBA students attending other schools to give readers the widest possible base of information for selecting the right business school. In the profile on the Dolan School, the Princeton Review editors said the School's location allows it to draw its faculty from a "powerful pool," resulting in published authors, fund managers and investment advisors among its ranks. Students find professors that are "flexible and accommodating," which are two valuable traits to the largely working-professional, part-time student body. Editors quote a student who observed that faculty "want to create a comfort level for their students, knowing that will make them most successful in school."

MBA students agreed the program "is tailored for working students." Students also noted that Dolan School resources are solid, with one emphasizing: "The school is as technologically advanced as could be expected, and is more so than some of the other colleges in the area and neighboring states."

According to the survey, students responded that Jesuit values include an emphasis on teaching, and here students "work with professors outside of class regarding personal business situations, and all are more than willing to speak and help where they can."

The book's editors noted that "major New York City-area and Fairfield County companies such as IBM, GE, and Pepsi, as well as many media, publishing, and financial companies are all within a 60- to 90-minute drive of the campus, allowing for students to land opportunities at a major company without having to move far."

In a "Survey Says ... " sidebar in the profile, The Princeton Review lists topics that Fairfield students it surveyed were in most agreement about, such as "solid preparation" in accounting and finance, and the School's "good peer network."

Graduate programs in the Dolan School include the MBA program, and master's degree programs in accounting, finance, and taxation, as well as certificate programs for advanced study.

Posted On: 10-29-2009 10:10 AM

Volume: 42 Number: 109