OU School of Business recognized as one of USA’s best by Princeton Review


Maggie Willard

Elliott Hall — home of OU’s Business School.

Oakland University’s School of Business Administration was named on The Princeton Review’s national Best Business Schools 2022 list, as well as the Best Business Schools in the Midwest and Best Online MBA Programs lists, as reported by OU News.

The Princeton Review’s Best Business Schools 2022 includes 241 business schools across the country that are selected based on data from student and administrator surveys involving approximately 26,000 students currently enrolled in MBA programs at 375 different schools in the U.S.

The student survey included questions regarding their expectations of the program, positive impact on their academics, skills and future careers, faculty and staff and career-related opportunities or services the program offers.

“We commend these schools for their outstanding MBA programs,” Rob Franek, the Princeton Review’s editor in chief, said. “Each program – on-campus as well as online – offers stellar academics as well as robust experiential components. For students considering an MBA, we present multiple ranking lists. We do not tally a mega-list of best business schools overall because no school, in our opinion, is #1 overall. Our goal, for the more than 25 years we’ve conducted this project, is to help MBA applicants choose the business schools and MBA programs best for them.

Based on the student survey data provided by the Princeton Review, and relayed via OU news, Oakland University’s graduate business students shared the following feedback:

  • Professors are “really awesome, helpful and smart.”
  • “The school benefits from professors connected to the real world and who have worked outside of academia.”
  • OU provides a “small school experience” where any student “can easily get help from professors” who provide “so many opportunities.”
  • The school “has the support of many large corporations that recruit out of the student body” and the school truly cares “about connecting you to new opportunities.”

“It is gratifying to hear those comments from our students,” Paul Trumbull, coordinator of the Graduate Business Programs, said. “They, as always, are my number one priority…to do whatever I can to get them to enroll in one of our Graduate Business Programs at Oakland University, and work even harder to make sure they matriculate to graduation, thus becoming future alumni.”

Currently, OU School of Business Administration offers nine undergraduate majors with 11 minors, four master’s programs and a variety of graduate certificates. With a small student-to-faculty ratio (21-to-one), the business school provides specialized, highly engaging lectures and the environment for each individual student to develop close relationships with the faculty.

“Our rankings and our happy, satisfied, and fulfilled students are due to our professors providing engaging courses with relevant real-world examples, case studies, and action-based projects that many students apply, even the next day on their jobs,” Trumbull said. “Our Business Faculty are leading researchers in their fields and very student-centered and focused. They’re not only subject matter experts and well-published researchers, they’re approachable people who know what it’s like to be a student.”

Trumbull also credited the location of Elliott Hall as one of the characteristics that allows OU’s School of Business Administration to stand out amongst other business schools.

“What’s amazing about our university is where we are located – in one of the wealthiest counties in the nation,” he said. “More than 50% of global Fortune 500 companies have business locations here in Oakland County. When I look outside my office window, I see the headquarters of Stellantis. The University of Michigan can’t even offer that.”

To learn more about the programs offered by the School of Business and visit their website.