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Oregon MBA Places Third in Princeton Review Rankings

2021 is already looking up for the UO Lundquist College of Business and the Center for Sustainable Business Practices, home to the Oregon MBA’s green MBA specialization. The Oregon MBA was honored by a third-best designation in The Princeton Review’s ranking of Best Green MBA programs. The honor was announced as part of The Princeton Review's 2021 B-School Rankings, released on December 8, 2020.

Ryan Cabinte, program manager at the Center of Sustainable Business Practices, said the Oregon MBA’s green MBA specialization finishing strong in rankings like The Princeton Review creates a positive feedback loop for the program, benefiting students.

“We are able to attract to students with a more intensified interest in sustainability,” he said. “That increases the quality of conversation in class and the quality of the networking opportunities provided by the program. When prospective students come and talk to current students, they can detect that. The engagement is much deeper,” Cabinte said.

Student services and experiential-learning opportunities also help set the Oregon MBA’s green MBA track apart from other programs, Cabinte added.

Experiential learning opportunities come through management consulting opportunities with big brands and cutting-edge startups, as well as unrivaled exposure to companies in the field through trips to San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, and Asia, among other destinations.

Quality instruction is another standout feature of the Oregon MBA sustainable business specialization, and rankings like The Princeton Review also help attract even more great faculty.

“For professors who specialize in this area, what they most desire is a collegial group of like-minded people to run with,” said Michael V. Russo, Academic Director of the Center for Sustainable Business Practices and the Charles H. Lundquist Professor of Sustainable Management. “We have more than a dozen research and professional faculty that contribute to thought leadership in this area. This exciting intellectual climate will be a major draw as we add new faculty members in the future.”

The Princeton Review determined its latest Best Green MBA rankings based on ratings and survey responses from more than 17,800 on-campus MBA students and 6,000 online MBA students. According to The Princeton Review, students in the Oregon MBA program feel well-prepared to address environmental, sustainability, and social responsibility issues in a green job market. The Princeton Review is a nationally-known and prestigious ranking and test-prep service.

In addition to the best green MBA, The Princeton Review also ranks business schools on the best campus environment, the best classroom experience, and the most family-friendly among other categories.

“We’re running one of the top-notch programs for students interested in sustainable business practices,” said Edward Maletis Dean Sarah E. Nutter. “Our exceptional faculty, students, and alumni continue to advance thought leadership and the organizations they work with in this important area. I am so incredibly proud of our continued elite recognition for advancing sustainable business practices around the world.”

—Will Kennedy, Lundquist College Communications