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Thinking About Business or Law School? Get the Facts on Top Schools From Other Students

Oct 18, 2010

The Princeton Review recently released the 2011 editions of its Best 300 Business Schools and Best 172 Law Schools. Rather than rank the schools academically or hierarchically - The Review claims that all are good schools - the lists offer rankings like 'Best Classroom Experience' and 'Best Career Prospects' based on student surveys. Read on to find out what other students think about the top law and business schools in the country.

Student Survey

What the Students Are Saying

It's not hard to find rankings for business and law schools in the U.S. Law schools have even developed their own informal ranking system - think top tier, second tier, etc. But when you have plenty of good schools to choose from, how do you know which one is the right fit for you?

Enter The Princeton Review's student survey. Between 2007 and 2010, The Review surveyed more than 18,000 students at 172 top law schools and 19,000 students at 300 top business schools. (On average, that's about 100 students per law school and 65 students per business school.) Students were asked about academics, campus life, the student body and their own scholastic and career plans.

Based on students' answers, The Princeton Review compiled school profiles and rankings on subjects such as 'Best Professors,' 'Most Family Friendly' and 'Greatest Opportunity for Minority Students.' These rankings go beyond reputation and traditional statistics to help prospective students judge what their school experience might really be like.

Harvard University Business School

Harvard University

Best Business Schools

Here are the top-ranked business schools in 11 categories that were important to business students:

  • Best Administered: Harvard University
  • Best Campus Environment: University of California-Los Angeles
  • Best Campus Facilities: Bentley University
  • Best Professors: University of Virginia
  • Greatest Opportunity for Minority Students: Howard University
  • Greatest Opportunity for Women Students: Simmons School of Management
  • Most Family Friendly: Brigham Young University
  • Best Career Prospects: Harvard University
  • Most Competitive Students: Vanderbilt University
  • Toughest to Get Into: Stanford University
  • Best Classroom Experience: Cornell University

Yale University

Yale University

Best Law Schools

These are the top-ranked law schools in 11 categories that were important to law students:

  • Toughest to Get Into: Yale University
  • Best Career Prospects: University of Pennsylvania
  • Best Classroom Experience: Stanford University
  • Best Environment for Minority Students: University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Best Quality of Life: University of Virginia
  • Most Conservative Students: George Mason University
  • Most Liberal Students: American University
  • Most Competitive Students: Baylor University
  • Most Diverse Faculty: Florida International University
  • Most Chosen By Older Students: City University of New York - Queens College
  • Best Professors: Boston University

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