Clemson MBA Students Among 'Most Competitive' in Nation

October 16, 2008

CLEMSON, SC – October 16, 2008 – Students in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at Clemson University are among the “most competitive” in the United States, according to Princeton Review’s “The Best 296 Business Schools.”

This year the program, housed in the College of Business and Behavioral Science, appears seventh on the top-10 list of most-competitive students, which is based on student assessment of how competitive classmates are, how heavy the workload is and the perceived academic pressure.

“The Clemson MBA program has given me the skills I need to bridge the communication between R&D and the business world,” said Joanna Isbill, a dual-degree student working on a master’s in bioengineering as well as an MBA. “I have been taught how to understand very technical concepts, but, perhaps even more importantly, the Clemson MBA program has taught me how to present these technical concepts to a business audience.

“I feel like the Clemson MBA program has provided me with high-level skills that I can carry with me throughout my career.”

Caron St. John, associate dean for graduate programs and research in the College of Business and Behavioral Science, is pleased to see the program appear on this particular top-10 list. 

“We are very fortunate to have dedicated and competitive students in the MBA program,” St. John said. “This recognition also speaks to the quality and rigor of the courses offered by our faculty.” 

Academics, student life and admissions in the College of Business and Behavioral Science at Clemson are outlined in a two-page article in the best business schools guide. In the profile, Princeton Review editors wrote, “Native South Carolinians seeking the MBA will have a hard time beating the ratio of value to quality that they’ll find at Clemson University. Thanks to lower in-state tuition costs, Palmetto State residents can earn a highly regarded business degree for a small fraction of what their peers elsewhere in the country spend.”