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USM School of Business Named a Top Business School by Princeton Review


Sara Litwiller
College of Management and Human Service
University of Southern Maine

PORTLAND, MAINE – The University of Southern Maine’s School of Business is ‘an outstanding business school,’ according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the new 2012 edition of its book, “The Best 294 Business Schools.”

According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior VP and publisher, "We recommend the University of Southern Maine to readers of our book and users of our site as one of the best institutions they could attend to earn an MBA.” The USM School of Business is one of 83 schools named in the Northeast region, and the only school in the state of Maine to be selected.

Top schools were selected based on institutional data and the survey results of more than 19,000 students at AACSB-accredited schools worldwide. Student surveys were conducted during the 2010-11, 2009-10, and 2008-09 academic years.

The book’s editors describe the USM School of Business as “the best choice for Portland-area professionals, offering convenient class times and an easily accessible location on the university’s main campus.” In listing the school’s strengths, they highlighted strong ties to New England businesses and faculty “with a strong background in the real world.”

Current students surveyed for the publication praised the USM business faculty as “cutting edge” professionals who infuse classroom learning with relevant case studies and hands-on, experiential learning.  One student noted, “USM has a lot of connections to the business community and works with them often, which helps create experience and visibility.” Recent student internships have included placements within the Maine International Trade Center, L.L. Bean, Merrill Lynch, Unum and the Portland Seadogs.

"This acknowledgment is a direct reflection of our rigorous, AACSB-accredited programs and of the effect we have in the state of Maine due to the school’s emphasis on partnership," said John Voyer, director of the USM School of Business. "Our programs work directly with business leaders in Maine, New England and beyond to provide students with opportunities for real-world learning.  That type of experience gives USM graduates a distinct advantage in the workplace."

Media queries may be directed to Joseph Iovino, Princeton Review, director of public relations, 888-865-7737 ext 5678 or


The School of Business at the University of Southern Maine is located in Portland, Maine, and offers a wide variety of undergraduate degree programs in business administration, with majors in accounting, finance, general management, sport management and marketing, as well as a  rigorous MBA program with concentrations in finance and taxation. The school’s expert faculty and career-minded students work hand-in-hand with New England's business leaders to create academic and real-world, practice-based partnerships inside the classroom and inside the business place. The USM School of Business is one of two Maine institutions accredited by the AACSB International.