With over 4,000 universities in the US alone, it can be difficult for students and families to navigate which schools are the best fit for their desired major. In this series, we will be diving into universities that our experts at Quantum Prep feel students need to know about in the US and the UK. (Hint: the results may surprise you!)
1. Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Wharton is perhaps the most well-known business school, and one of only two Ivy League schools that offers an undergraduate Business major. Wharton’s Business major is extremely flexible with over 15 concentrations, giving students the opportunity to direct their own learning. One other thing that sets Wharton apart is its team-based curriculum, emphasizing soft skills such as leadership and communication. As the #1 undergraduate business school, Wharton stands to be one of the most competitive colleges. This drastically changes the way in which Wharton chooses its students – they are looking for people who will not only be successful business students, but also pioneers and gamechangers of industries.
2. Cornell SC Johnson College of Business
Cornell is the only other Ivy League that offers Business at an undergraduate level. Cornell’s Business program is offered at the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management (the undergraduate division of SC Johnson School of Business), which is a part of Cornell’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS). This makes Cornell’s business program unique because of the Land Grant status of CALS, which means that they accept students with the New York State’s needs in mind. Hence, many students will undertake double majors in agricultural sciences, life sciences, sustainability sciences, and much more as the SC Johnson College of Business aims to tackle the world’s most significant social issues from a business perspective.
3. NYU Stern
Situated in the heart of New York City (and in close proximity to Wall Street), NYU Stern has unparalleled opportunities, inside and outside of the classroom. NYU Stern offers three main majors: Business, Business and Political Economy, and Business, Technology, and Entrepreneurship, and 2 dual degree programs, Business and a Master’s in Accounting, and Business and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Film and Television in collaboration with NYU Tisch. Guided by their “Five Pillars” – academics, social impact, global, professional, and community, NYU Stern places heavy emphasis on understanding how business works in relation to our modern-day society. In order to achieve that, Stern encourages all of its students to seek out immersion opportunities such as internships and study abroads.
4. Babson College
Anyone interested in business needs to know this school. Babson is a business powerhouse for anyone genuinely interested in business because it only offers one major — Business. Babson offers a unique take on Business and Entrepreneurship. Babson firmly believes in “learning by doing”, and it can be seen in their signature Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship (FME) first-year course. FME is a mandatory course for all students, providing resources and opportunities for students to create and build their own business in their first year. Additionally, Babson offers over 20 different concentrations including Economics, Identity and Diversity, Marketing, and many more.
5. Emory University
Emory’s unique academic pathway offers students a chance to study both a primary and secondary area of study – primary areas include Accounting, Finance, Information Systems and Operations Management, Marketing, and Strategy and Management Consulting. Secondary areas of study offer a more interdisciplinary approach to cater to the cross-discipline needs of the business world, including Analytic Consulting, Business and Society, Entrepreneurship, International Business, and Real Estate. Within these areas, Emory also offers a range of concentrations, further allowing students to customize their major, also allowing for dual degrees with Engineering and other majors. One other attractive offering from Emory is their emphasis on international exchanges and internships, giving students the chance to gain global business experiences. Lastly, located in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia, Emory is known for strong recruitment from the Southeast region of the US.
Honorable Mention: D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University
Northeastern is an excellent blend of academics and experiential learning. One thing that makes Northeastern stand out from the rest of the schools is its “co-op” program. Northeastern’s cooperative education (co-op) gives students a chance to apply what they learn inside the classroom, to somewhere outside of the classroom. The co-op program is a guaranteed part of the Northeastern experience, where students spend 6-months to a year in work placement (a note to parents: in co-op periods, tuition is waived. Instead, students actually get to make money!). Co-ops guarantee students with a professional skillset, preparing students for the workforce post-graduation. In fact, 99% of Northeastern Business school students are employed within a year after graduation, and 60% from their co-op employers!
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By Sabrina Ma, Admissions Consulting Partner