Originally Posted: Sep 6, 2012
Last Updated: May 11, 2016
There are certain degrees that continuously seem to yield ample job opportunities upon graduation, one of which is business. Whether you choose to study finance, business administration, management, marketing, or other focuses, employers are always looking for students with a business background. That said, there are some excellent public business schools within public colleges and universities that easily rival the reputations of private business schools. The schools of business below are all great choices when it comes to choosing the degree that will land you that first job in [fill in desired business career here]!
The McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville is continuously ranked among the top undergraduate business schools in the country. It offers its students a variety of undergraduate business concentrations to specify their field of study as well as master’s programs in commerce, accounting, and management of information technology. There is a wide presence of diversity within the school, with 25% of students holding citizenship from countries outside the United States. Out of the five areas of undergraduate concentrations—accounting, finance, management, marketing, and information technology—finance was the area most students in the class of 2013 chose. Important admission factors to keep in mind when applying include overall GPA, academic performance in courses related to business, difficulty of courses taken, course load, and work experience outside the classroom. Because admission to the school is very competitive, there are specific prerequisites required of students wishing to transfer into the school once already admitted to the University of Virginia.
The Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor is another school that is praised within the country and the world for being an outstanding business school. The school offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees as well as an executive education program. As high school students applying to the school of business, you should have top grades, demonstrate a challenging academic schedule, quality extracurricular activities, and an application essay that stands above the rest. Current University of Michigan students need to have specific courses completed by a certain semester in their curriculum to be admitted to the school. The school offers comprehensive resources to its students including institutes for entrepreneurial studies and global sustainable enterprise, a finance center, and study abroad opportunities.
The Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill encourages students interested in applying to seek pre-business advising from the General College Division of Social Science Advisors at the University. The current average GPA for admitted students is 3.5 and average combined SAT Reasoning score is 1346. Within the profile for admitted students, 37% are residents of states outside North Carolina and 10% are residents of other countries. In addition to the bachelor’s in business administration, the school also offers master’s degrees, a Ph.D., and many executive education programs. The School has numerous research centers including corporate finance, real estate development, logistics and digital strategy, and a tax center which enables students to receive real-life experience in issues that affect the world of business every day.
There are many other public schools that rank among the cream of the crop in terms of what their business schools can offer incoming students. If business is something you’ve always thought about pursuing, but you’re not sure which school fits your needs, look through Businessweek’s Best Undergraduate Business Schools list to see if one sparks your interest. And be sure to check out these CollegeXpress lists:
- Fine Business Programs at Large Universities
- Colleges that Prepare You for the World of Business
- The Experts’ Choice: Colleges for the Budding Entrepreneur
Many business schools have excellent resources and state-of-the-art facilities, but finding the perfect one to suit all your needs can be challenging. Make sure to do thorough research and find a program that provides you with the education you’re looking for, and who knows—you many find yourself on a Forbes 100 list someday!