MACON/ ATLANTA — The Princeton Review has again named Mercer University’s law and business programs among the nation’s best, announcing this week that the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics was listed in its guidebook, Best 300 Business Schools: 2011 Edition, and that the Walter F. George School of Law was listed in Best 172 Law Schools: 2011 Edition.
For fourth year in a row, the business school’s Master of Business Administration program was ranked among the best in the country in the category of “Greatest Opportunity for Women,” coming in at No. 3 in the nation. The Princeton Review ranked the programs in this category “(b)ased on the percent of students who are female, the percent of faculty who are female, and student assessment of resources for female students, how supportive the culture is of female students, whether the business school offers coursework for women entrepreneurs and whether case study materials for classes proportionately reflect women in business.”
For both listings, The Princeton Review selects schools based on its high regard for their academic programs and offerings, as well as institutional data collected from the schools and the opinions of students attending the schools.
“We are proud to once again be ranked among the top business and law schools in the nation. And we are particularly proud of the recognition for our outstanding track record and commitment to diversity,” said Dr. D. Scott Davis, senior vice provost for research and dean of graduate programs. “These recognitions, and those of our students in these surveys, show our commitment to individual attention, intellectual rigor and liberal learning are well regarded nationally and, most importantly, by our students and graduates.”
The Law School also earned praise in its profile, which quoted student surveys lauding its “familial atmosphere,” “outstanding” faculty, and strong academics. “Mercer University School of Law strikes the ‘perfect balance’ between a ‘familial atmosphere’ and one of ‘healthy competition’ thanks to its ‘smaller size,’ which ‘allows for close relationships with other students and productive interaction with professors,’” the profile stated. A student praised Mercer law faculty members for being “brilliant academics, which can be intimidating at times – especially in the beginning – yet they have the ability to stimulate student thought through engaging discussion and have successfully trained me to ‘think like a lawyer.’” Students called Mercer’s Legal Writing Program “second-to-none,” adding that their “superior” legal writing training will distinguish them from other law school graduates. “The substantial emphasis that Mercer Law places on developing superior legal writing skills is an asset that will distinguish all graduates throughout their legal careers,” a student said in the profile.
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 ranking lists are based on surveys of law and business school students during the 2009-10, 2008-09 and 2007-08 academic years. The student surveys were primarily completed online. On average, 100 students at each law school and 65 students at each business school were surveyed for the rankings appearing in the new editions of the books.
School profiles in Best 172 Law Schools and Best 300 Business Schools cover admission, academics, financial aid, campus life and career information. Introductory chapters offer information and advice on funding the degrees, taking the LSAT and GMAT, applying to the schools and excelling at them.
About the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics at Mercer
Established in 1984, the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics offers bachelor’s, MBA, Professional MBA, Executive MBA and Master of Accountancy degrees. The School holds accreditation from the prestigious AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, considered the hallmark of excellence among the nation’s top business schools and placing it among the top 25 percent of all business schools in the world. For 2011, the Princeton Review recognized the School as No. 3 for “Greatest Opportunity for Women” and one of its “Best 300 Business Schools.
About the Mercer Law School
Founded in 1873, the Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law is one of the oldest law schools in the United States and the first one in the state of Georgia accredited by the American Bar Association. Mercer Law School’s educational philosophy is based on a broadly shared commitment to prepare students for the high-quality practice of law in a day-to-day learning environment that is both strongly supportive and consistently professional. Its innovative Woodruff Curriculum – which focuses on ethics and practical skills amid small class sizes – earned the Gambrell Professionalism Award from the ABA for its “depth of excellence.” With an enrollment of about 440 students, taught by some of the sharpest legal minds in the country, Mercer Law School has been listed among the nation’s top law schools and is nationally recognized for its exceptional programs in legal writing, moot court, public interest, and professionalism and ethics. For more information about Mercer Law School, visit www.law.mercer.edu or call 478.301.5000.
About Mercer University
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University enrolls more than 8,200 students in 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies – on major campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah and at three regional academic centers across the state. Mercer is affiliated with two teaching hospitals — Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah and the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, and has educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta. The University operates an academic press and a performing arts center in Macon and an engineering research center in Warner Robins. Mercer is the only private university in Georgia to field an NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit www.mercer.edu.