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The accelerated master’s in business administration program at Northern Arizona University has again earned a spot on the Princeton Review’s Best 300 Business Schools guide for 2011.

The New York-based education services company compiled its annual list based on surveys of 19,000 students attending the 300 business schools profiled in the guide and on institutional data from the schools.

In a two-page NAU profile, the Princeton Review editors describe the school as offering outstanding facilities, a professional atmosphere and a scenic backdrop. “Despite the program’s rigor,” they write, “the Franke College of Business is a surprisingly cooperative and down-to-earth place.”

NAU students participating in the survey said the 10-month program is offered in a “fast-paced, invigorating environment,” and they give accounting classes top marks, while also indicating “the management and finance courses add value, and the principles learned will be handy going forward.”

"The Best 300 Business School"The school profile includes ratings for academics, career placement and student life/ environment. Students generally agree that NAU has friendly students, smart classrooms and solid preparation in accounting, teamwork, communication/interpersonal skills and presentation skills. They describe the faculty as “extremely approachable” and say that throughout the school, “The environment is one of learning and collaboration where the majority of teachers are interested in helping students achieve success.”“The Princeton Review’s recognition of our MBA program as among the best in the world further demonstrates the impact that the close working relationships between our faculty and students have on student learning and outcomes,” said Marc Chopin, dean of NAU’s W.A. Franke College of Business. “I am proud of the work of all our faculty and students, and I am extremely happy that our MBA program is receiving this well-deserved recognition.”

Robert Franek, a senior vice president of publishing for the Princeton Review, said the 300 business schools were chosen based on the high opinion of their academic programs and offerings, as well as a review of institutional data collected from the schools.

“We are pleased to recommend Northern Arizona University to readers of our book and users of our website as one of the best institutions they could attend to earn an MBA.”

The lists are posted at PrincetonReview.com.