The Princeton Review has released the 2013 edition of its popular guide to law and business schools in the U.S. The guides, titled "The Best 168 Law Schools" and "The Best 296 Business Schools," put together top ten rankings in 11 different categories based on 37,000 surveys filled out and returned by the schools' students.
Students were asked to fill out an 80-question survey that sought feedback on all aspects of their education, including the quality of instruction and instructional staff, academics, campus life — and even their opinion of their fellow students. In some cases, this information was combined with data reported directly by the school to determine which schools proved to be the best of the best.
The Princeton Review does not rank the law or b-schools hierarchically. "Each school in our books offers outstanding academics: no single law or b-school is âbest' overall," said Robert Franek, SVP / Publisher, The Princeton Review. "We present rankings in several categories and detailed profiles of the schools to give applicants broader information to decide which law or b-school will be best for them."
Students were able to access the survey online, and this edition included data collected during the 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years. Information provided by the schools directly covered the 2011-12 academic year only.
The questions covered not only their impressions of their school, but also asked about their goals and future career plans. Each law school was represented, on average, by 107 students. Each business school in the 2013 guide comprised an average of 64 respondents.
The books' school profiles report on admission, academics, financial aid, campus life, and career / employment information. The profiles also include five school ratings (scores from 60 to 99) that are primarily based on institutional data. Categories include "Admissions Selectivity" and "Career" (which factors in graduates' starting salaries and employment data). Introductory chapters provide overviews on degree programs and application and funding advice.
Those interested in how their schools stack up, or who are looking for guidance on choosing a law or business school that is right for them, can see the full rankings on the company's website. Visitors to the website can take advantage of the FAQ provided with each list to understand how to use the rankings most effectively.
Included among the categories covered in each book were "Best Professors," with Duke University being ranked first among law schools and University of California – Berkeley topping the list of business schools. Based on information provided by the schools, The Princeton Review found Yale Law School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to be the toughest schools to get in to.