The Goizueta Business School at Emory University has been one of the most consistent schools in our ranking over the past five years. Since then, Goizueta has landed right around 15th each year and has been 16th the past two years now.
The Atlanta-based business school is one of few remaining two-year undergraduate programs in which students have to gain admissions to Emory as freshmen and then apply again to the Goizueta School as sophomores. Combining those two acceptance rates, this year’s incoming class of students overcame an acceptance rate of 17.79% and boasted an average SAT score of 1440 with 70% coming from the top 10th percentile of their high school class.
Goizueta students have access to the rich cultural hub of Atlanta, home to several Fortune 500 companies and dynamic startups. Through a number of experiential learning courses, Goizueta students are given a variety of opportunities to apply their studies to solve real-world issues and leave a positive impact.
As a two-year program, students spend the first two years of their undergraduate education fulfilling liberal arts requirements before officially starting business courses. Once in the business school, the Goizueta curriculum requires students to complete at least one primary “area of depth.”
Areas of depth include: Accounting, Finance, Information Systems & Operations Management, Marketing, and Strategy & Management Consulting. Each area of depth consists of a set of core courses and four electives.
About 27% of Goizueta’s graduating class earns a second major at Emory University and 10% choose to pursue a joint concentration in liberal arts.
A CULTURAL HUB
Goizueta’s home base of Atlanta offers students unique access to a hub of innovative and dynamic companies from Fortune 500 brands to startups. When asked how they would appraise Goizueta’s efforts to connect them with practicing professionals in the business community, 2018 alumni gave an 8.6 average rating.
Whether through internships or coursework, Goizueta students have a number of opportunities to work with real companies and make meaningful connections.
“For my business valuation class, I was given a chance to pitch to a real-world startup to help them with their funding needs from VC,” one 2018 alumni told us.
“I partnered with CocaCola to consult with large, multinational corporations on integrated marketing campaigns,” another 2018 alumni said.
Learning by doing is an important component of business education. Goizueta alumni rated the business program’s ability to prepare them for the world of work positively with an 8.8 average rating. When it comes to nurturing soft skills such as verbal and written communication skills, adaptability, delegation, and time management, 2018 alumni gave a strong 9.3 average rating.
Many B-schools offer hands-on learning experiences for their students, but few can attest to the impact of that experience on both students and the clients or communities they serve. Goizueta alumni highlighted several experiences where they applied their studies in real world situations to make a positive impact.
“I was able to take a management consulting class that helped prepare me for a career in consulting,” one 2018 alumni told us. “We worked with a nonprofit client to solve one of their business challenges regarding deciding whether or not to launch an app. The experience was unique because it provided the students with a hands-on learning opportunity, and the client with research and practical recommendations.”
“Our capstone project replicated real world business issues and problems,” another 2018 alumni told us. “We were not viewed as students, but as an integral part of coming up with a real solution.
“I took a social enterprise course where our class traveled to Nicaragua to learn more about how entrepreneurs applied business principles in their efforts to achieve meaningful societal impact in a region with a variety of developmental challenges,” the alumni said. “We visited a coffee farm, garment factory, hammock shop, and after-school coding program, to name a few.”
Being in Atlanta, it’s not surprising Goizueta students have strong employment outcomes year after year. An overwhelming 95.24% of 2018 alumni report that their first job after graduating was in their desired industry with 84% saying that job was at their desired company. Some 96% of the Class of 2020 secured a business-focused internship before graduation and 85% had a full-time position by the time of graduation.
Although this year saw a near 10% drop in employment from last year, that can likely be attributed to the COVID-19 economic downturn which has had an effect on employment at nearly every school.
Overall, the Goizueta education offers students unique access to the rich cultural hub of Atlanta and a variety of opportunities to apply their business skills and make a real impact on the world around them. Goizueta is in an interestingly competitive B-school market with Georgia Tech’s Scheller College and the University of Georgia’s Terry School also being in the region. But students looking for an established and traditional B-school setting with a flair for entrepreneurship and innovation, should definitely consider Emory’s Goizueta School.
“Consulted with local small businesses and nonprofits as class work and extracurricular, solving real problems for real business owners.”
“I conducted an independent study project with one of my business professors (Tom Smith in the Finance department). He taught me in the Sports Finance course. I enjoyed the experience and subject matter so much that I expanded a project from that course into a semester-long research project. He was an incredible mentor and phenomenal resource throughout that process.”
“Putting us in the shoes of strategic managers making difficult decisions allowed me to appreciate the difficulties required in every aspect of a business, and allowed me to learn how to attempt to make certain decisions.”
Where The Class of 2018 Went To Work:
PwC – 25
EY – 19
Deloitte – 12
Newell Brands – 11
American Express – 8
SunTrust – 7
Accenture – 6
Goldman Sachs – 6
Grant Thornton – 6
BlackRock – 5
Deutsche Bank – 5
J.P. Morgan – 5