The Craig School of Business at California State University, Fresno is listed by its graduate students among the nation’s 15 best business schools in the General Management and Operations categories and is the only California school on both lists.

Fresno State joins Claremont University and Stanford University as California graduate business schools among the top 15 in General Management. The Craig School’s only California peer in Operations is the University of California.

The Princeton Review’s second annual Student Opinion Honors for Business Schools listing was announced with publication of the April issue of Entrepreneur magazine, which includes the lists.

The Princeton Review, an education services company, lists graduate business schools in General Management, Accounting, Finance, Global Management, Marketing and Operations categories. Each list names the 15 graduate schools of business that were most highly rated by their students evaluating their MBA program’s preparation in specific categories.

The schools appear in alphabetical order and are not ranked.

Fresno State’s Craig School is in distinguished company in General Management, joined by Harvard, Yale, Michigan, Virginia and Dartmouth in addition to Stanford and Claremont. Besides Cal, the Operations category includes Virginia, Texas Christian, North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Illinois.

“To make two of these lists is a great achievement,” said Dr. Robert Harper, the dean of the Craig School. “This is an important indicator of the quality of our program and its value to our students and to the entire region we serve. We appreciate our students’ opinions and are proud to see their opinions expressed so positively.”

“We are committed to providing not only the best academic training possible, but to working with community partners, businesses throughout the nation and overseas to broaden our students’ hands-on experience,” Harper added.

The Princeton Review compiled the lists using data from its national survey of 19,000 MBA students attending business schools profiled in its book, “Best 301 Business Schools: 2010 Edition,” published in October. The 80-question survey asked students to report on classroom and campus experiences at their schools and rate their MBA programs in six areas.

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