Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business came in at No. 51 in this year’s rankings. Improving 13 spots from last year’s 64, LeBow had a similar admission selection this year with an acceptance rate of 73.08% and an average SAT score of 1271, both in line with last year’s stats.
Where LeBow really shined this year was in employment and internship outcomes. Despite the COVID-19 economic downturn, employment and internship placements saw an increase from last year with 82.05% of the Class of 2020 securing a full-time position within three months of graduation and 89% having a business-focused internship before graduating — compared to last year’s employment outcome of 78.95% and internship outcome of 87%.
With a unique co-op program and experiential learning opportunities, the LeBow College offers students the tools they need to succeed in their chosen field.
INNOVATIVE BUSINESS MAJORS
LeBow offers a plethora of undergraduate majors including Business & Engineering, Economics, Accounting, Finance, Marketing, International Business, Legal Studies, Management Information Systems, Operations and Supply Chain Management, Business Analytics, Organizational Management, Sports Business, Esports, Real Estate Management & Development, Technology Innovation Management, and General Business.
Real Estate Management & Development and Esports are the latest additions to the business major portfolio at Daniels. The real estate program offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that covers the ins and outs of the field of real estate management. Students in the program apply their studies in Philadelphia’s real estate market. The Esports program looks at the industry of competitive video gaming and delves into the intricacies of game design, game management, and the required business administration core.
While many B-schools offer the general business majors in Marketing or Finance, few can offer programs in fields such as Esports or Sports Business. LeBow’s constant innovation in its undergraduate business major portfolio helps ensure students have access to relevant knowledge and cutting-edge industries.
EXPANSIVE CO-OP PROGRAM
The Co-op program is a cornerstone of the LeBow experience, allowing students the opportunity to alternate academic study with full-time employment, gaining practical experience in their field of study prior to graduation.
What makes the LeBow co-op program unique is the duration. Students participate in six-month co-op experiences as opposed to standard internships, which generally last two to three months. By offering a longer experience, LeBow can ensure that its students are gaining a thorough understanding of their chosen field and developing the proper experience to succeed. LeBow alumni across the board view the co-op program as the “signature experience” that played a key part in their business education.
“Drexel’s Unique Cooperative Learning experiences connected me with two years of work experience at a nationwide media telecoms company and a smaller design firm so the range of available work experiences contributed to an easier hiring process upon graduation,” one 2018 alumni told us.
“I was able to do three, six-month internships with the Boston Red Sox, Johnson & Johnson, and JPMorgan Chase & Co.,” another 2018 alumni said. “Furthermore, I was able to network with Drexel alumni to have an academic internship while in classes with the Philadelphia Phillies.”
By the time they graduate, LeBow students have a strong resume filled with years of work experience — giving them a leg up from other graduates who rely on short three-month internships.
STRONG EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
Aside from the co-op experiences, another key characteristic of the LeBow education is the strong sense of experiential learning within the classroom. LeBow students don’t just study the course material, but also apply it to real-life situations. Experiential learning allows students to understand business knowledge at a deeper level and offers them valuable experience that they can point to in internship and job interviews.
Many 2018 alumni we surveyed highlighted the strong experiential learning component integrated into LeBow courses.
“I took a course in data analytics which led me to spearhead my current company Cypris,” one 2018 alumni said. “We’re a marketplace & search engine for patents. Currently doing IP data analysis for leading universities & r&d teams. In January we were named a top 50 startup to watch in 2020 by BuiltIn. I wouldn’t be where I am today without that course.”
“In addition to the Cooperative education experiences I had an MIS class that used real-life applications,” said another. “We worked with a class in a technical college in India to develop an app for a client in New Jersey. It showed the difficulties of international business and communication challenges faced as a liaison between the customer want and the technical expected outcome.”
Whether it’s through experiential learning within the classroom or valuable work experience outside the classroom via the co-op program, LeBow students are given a comprehensive business education that enables them to succeed post-grad.
“The whole process of autonomy in working, the coop program, the opportunity to be our own saviors were experiences I earned from my time at Drexel’s LeBow business school.”
“Drexel Mergers & Acquisition course directly related to a project assigned to me during my first year in my CORE class and prepared me exceptionally well to be able to handle the workload and present a well-detailed final project to executives.”
“I was able to partake in a six-month-long co-op/internship. This was a unique aspect of Drexel in which very few, if any, have to offer. The internship was in my field of study at a reputable company, and without Drexel, I would not have gotten this experience.”
WHERE THE CLASS OF 2020 WENT TO WORK:
- KPMG (13)
- Goldman Sachs (8)
- PwC (8)
- Amazon (7)
- BlackRock (6)
- Comcast (5)
- SAP (5)
- Drexel (4)
- EY (4)
- JPMorgan (4)
- Vanguard (4)