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Simmons College School of Management Ranked No. 1 in the Nation for "Greatest Opportunities for Women" by Princeton Review

BOSTON (October 8, 2009) — Simmons College School of Management, the only AACSB-accredited business school in the world offering an MBA program designed specifically for women, has been named by the Princeton Review as the number one MBA program in the U.S. with the "greatest opportunities for women." Simmons School of Management is the only Boston-based MBA program to rank in this category on the 2010 list.

The ranking is part of The Best 301 Business Schools 2010 edition and is based on the Princeton Review's survey of 19,000 students attending the 301 business schools profiled. Princeton Review editors describe Simmons School of Management as "unique, forward-thinking, rigorous and intimate," and as "drawing students from diverse personal and professional backgrounds." Students from the Simmons MBA program were quoted as saying, "The curriculum is rigorous and current," and "The school is way ahead of a lot of the trends — principled leadership is part of the mission and incorporated areas like CSR, sustainability, and ethics, long before it was trendy."

In a quote from the Princeton Review, Robert Franek, SVP, Publishing said the Simmons School of Management is "… one of the best institutions readers could attend to earn an MBA. We chose the 301 business schools based on our opinion of their academic programs and offerings, as well as our review of institutional data we collect from the schools. We also strongly consider the candid opinions of students who rate and report their experience at their schools."

"We are honored to receive this recognition," said Deborah Merrill-Sands, Dean of the Simmons School of Management. "Simmons has developed an innovative curriculum and a powerful learning environment designed to prepare women for career advancement and leadership roles in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Our curriculum design and teaching are based on 30-plus years of research on the impact of gender dynamics in organizations, and the strategies women need to succeed. It is rewarding to see our commitment to our mission of educating women for powerful and principled leadership reflected in this prestigious ranking."

Ranked as one of the top 50 socially responsible business programs by the Aspen Institute, and a top 25 program for entrepreneurship by Entrepreneur magazine and the Princeton Review, Simmons School of Management offers unique management and leadership programs for women of diverse backgrounds at all phases of their careers — including undergraduate and graduate management programs; an entrepreneurship certificate program for new business venture creation; and leadership development programs for mid- to senior-level managers. The Simmons School of Management serves as a resource to leading corporations through its research and consulting services and the Center for Gender in Organizations.

The Simmons School of Management is the only business school in the world designed specifically to educate women for power and principled leadership, that is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Reflecting its commitment to sustainability, the school is housed in a building that received Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. Simmons College is a nationally recognized private university located in the heart of Boston.

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