The Bill Greehey School of Business at St. Mary’s University has been included in The Princeton Review’s best business schools guide for the second year in a row.

The Greehey School of Business’ graduate program is included in the 2008 edition of The Princeton Review’s “Best 290 Business Schools,” which will be released Tuesday, Oct. 9.

In addition, St. Mary’s was ranked fifth in the nation for “Greatest Opportunity for Women,” a ranking based on the percent of female students, the percent of faculty who are women and results of the student assessments of a variety of factors including resources for female students, how supportive the culture is of female students, whether the school offers coursework for women entrepreneurs, and whether case study material for classes proportionately reflect women in business.

“While our success cannot be measured only by awards or accolades, it is heartening to be recognized by the students themselves for our dedication to provide a quality education that is reflective of all people and one that specifically provides role models and opportunities for women,” said St. Mary’s President Charles L. Cotrell, Ph.D. “A national recognition such as this one is a testament to our overall educational mission to develop graduates who excel both as professionals and leaders in their communities.”

The Princeton Review is a New York-based education services company. To compile the information included in the book, the company surveyed more than 19,000 business students nationwide and considered information provided by the schools on academic programs and institutional data.

“Our mission at St. Mary’s is to provide a leading-edge business education while instilling in our students a strong sense of ethics and civic responsibility that will make them true leaders,” said Keith Russell, dean of the Greehey School of Business. “It is a high accolade to be recognized as one of the best business schools in the nation, and our faculty, staff and students are proud of this recognition for national excellence.”

The Bill Greehey School of Business was dedicated in 2006 in honor of Bill Greehey, chairman of the Board of NuStar Energy, who made an unprecedented gift of $25 million to St. Mary’s University.

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