Hayward, California, October 10, 2012  California State University, East Bay is an outstanding business school, according to the education services company, The Princeton Review ( The Company features the school in the new 2013 edition of its annual guidebook, "The Best 296 Business Schools" (Random House / Princeton Review, published October 9, 2012).

According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review Senior VP-Publisher, "We consider California State University, East Bay one of the best institutions a student could attend to earn an MBA. We selected the schools we profile in this book – 280 of which are in the U.S.A. and 16 are international -- based on our high regard for their academic programs and our reviews of institutional data we collect from the schools. We also solicit and greatly respect the opinions of students attending these schools who rate and report on their experiences at them on our 80-question survey for the book."

The Princeton Review's survey asked 19,000 students at the 296 schools their opinions of their school's academics, student body and campus life as well as about themselves and their career plans. The student surveys analyzed for this edition were all completed online at and conducted during the 2011-12, 2010-11, and 2009-10 academic years.

"We're delighted that the College of Business and Economics at California State University, East Bay has been recognized again by the Princeton Review" said Interim Dean Jagdish Agrawal.

"The Best 296 Business Schools" has two-page profiles of the schools.  They include write-ups on academics, career and placement, student life and environment, and admissions.  The profiles also have ratings (scores from 60 to 99) for academic experience, admissions selectivity, and career services. In the profile on California State University, East Bay, the Princeton Review editors describe the school as: "Convenient and Affordable"  Some of the comments from students attending California State University, East Bay in the profile are: "It's difficult to find a school that is a better value than California State University, East Bay."  The school strikes the right "balance between quality of education and price for education".

Among the rating scores The Princeton Review gave to California State University, East Bay in this edition of the book: Academic Experience Rating 81 Admissions Selectivity Rating 79.

California State University, East Bay is one of 236 schools (about 80% of the 296 profiled) in the book that do not appear on any of the book's 11 ranking lists.  However, in the "Survey Says…" sidebar on the book's California State University, East Bay profile, the editors list topics on the survey about which California State University, East Bay students surveyed had the highest consensus.  Among them are: Friendly Students, Good Peer Network and Solid Preparation in Communication and Interpersonal Skills.

"The Best 296 Business Schools" is one of more than 150 Princeton Review books published by Random House, Inc. The line includes "The Best 168 Law Schools" (also published in October 2012 and also featuring 11 ranking lists primarily based on surveys of students attending the schools in the book).  Other Princeton Review books include "The Best 168 Medical Schools," plus guides to graduate school admission exams and application essays.  Among them: "Business School Essays That Made a Difference." 

The Princeton Review is also known for its many categories of college rankings, its classroom and online test-prep courses, tutoring, and its other education services.  Headquartered in Framingham, MA, The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University, and it is not a magazine.

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