Fordham University’s graduate business school praised in survey

photoCiting Fordham University’s location in “the heart of the financial capital of the world,” a college ranking service has included the university’s graduate business school in its listing of the nation’s best business schools.

Princeton Review’s “The Best 296 Business Schools” surveyed an average of 73 students at each of the schools included in the listing. While the survey is not a traditional ranking — “Each school in our books offers outstanding academics,” said Robert Franek, publisher of The Princeton Review — Fordham University’s graduate school was praised for its diversity, flexibility of scheduling, networking opportunities and scholarship.

A two-page summary of the graduate school singles out the happiness of students and stresses Fordham’s commitment to “sensitizing students to the importance of promoting corporate ethics and social justice.”

That theme is echoed by Dean Donna Rapaccioli’s message to graduate school students:

“Across the board, what distinguishes Fordham, as the only Jesuit business school in New York City, is our commitment to leadership with purpose,” Dean Rapaccioli wrote.

Among other details, the faculty’s academic experience rating was 85 out of 99, identical to the professor “interesting rating.” Small class sizes — an 8-to-1 student-faculty ratio — also were cited.

The graduate school’s networking opportunities were mentioned by a number of those surveyed.

“Weekly happy hours are the best way to meet new people,” said one student. “These are usually conducted by various student clubs and the way I have made several long-term connections.”

The survey, however, repeatedly came back to Fordham University’s location.

“There is nothing like the experience of New York City,” a student said.

Some survey results, by the numbers:

  • $72,532 – average base starting salary
  • 741 – Enrollment of MBA program
  • 27 – average age at time of enrollment
  • 40 – percentage of full-time students who are international

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