The Scheller College of Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology continued its climb in our rankings of Best Undergraduate Business Schools, moving into No. 10 this year — making it to the top 10 for the second time in the six years the B-school has been ranked. Georgia Tech placed 18th in 2019, and 14th last year.
Scheller had an acceptance rate of 20.10% this year, aligning closely but slightly more selective than the Class of 2020’s 23.29% and the previous year’s 24%, and an average SAT score of 1365.
Scheller’s Class of 2021 saw strong employment outcomes in both internship and career numbers. Some 92% of the Class of 2021 had a business-focused internship before graduation, strong yet down slightly from 95% for the Class of 2020, and 91.95% of the Class of 2021 secured a full-time position within three months of graduation, up from last year’s 91.01%. A substantial 92.31% of 2019 Scheller alumni surveyed reported that their first job was in their desired industry with 85% saying that job was at their desired company.
Scheller is best known for its multi-faceted approach to business education. As a part of Georgia Tech, the B-school intrinsically combines aspects of STEM into the curriculum with key capstone courses that exemplify Scheller’s multi-dimensional approach to business education.
The Scheller curriculum allows students to complete all degree requirements, one semester abroad and two internship semesters in four years. Additionally, students are admitted directly to the Scheller College of Business in their first year so they can kick-start their business education immediately.
Students begin their educational journey taking core courses within Georgia Tech in English, Mathematics, Humanities, Social Science, Computer Science, Health, and Laboratory Science giving them a holistic foundation to their business education.
“Our undergraduate students benefit from an innovation and technology focus in the classroom that translates to robust and stellar careers,” Craig Womack, the director of undergraduate programs at Scheller told us. “We excel at weaving technology into all aspects of the business classroom.”
Scheller students can choose from eight concentrations including Accounting, Finance, General Management, IT Management, Leadership and Organizational Change, Marketing, Operations and Supply Chain Management, and Strategy and Innovation.
TECHNOLOGY & MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
One of the cornerstone offerings at Scheller is the Denning Technology & Management (T&M) Program. Through the program, students can earn a 22-credit-hour minor with tracks including: Computing & Business Minor, Engineering & Business Minor, and Technology & Business Minor.
T&M students study managing emerging technologies and new product and services development. The program is topped off with an integrated capstone project course, where students work in teams to focus on a specific problem posed by one of the program’s Corporate Affiliates.
“This project allowed me to connect to my first employer, who then connected me to my current job,” one 2018 alumni told us. “I worked in a cross-functional team to research and develop an innovative solution to an actual problem at the company chosen for my capstone project.”
Another key benefit of the Scheller education is the very location of Georgia Tech — located in the heart of midtown Atlanta’s Technology Square, an area with a high density of startups, corporate innovators, and academic researchers.
“Scheller College takes advantage of its proximity to Tech Square by building relationships and fostering opportunities within this leading innovation hub,” Womack said. “Our students are provided the chance to explore both the business and technological aspects offered in their surroundings.”
This prime location offers Scheller students opportunities to work with some big name organizations.
“I worked directly with the Home Depot to help evaluate a new loyalty program and got to travel to various cities to interview store associates,” one 2018 alumni told us. “At the end of the project, my team presented to executives at THD headquarters.”
HANDS-ON LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
In addition to the T&M Program, there are a number of other experiential learning opportunities available to Scheller students to dive deeper into their field of study and apply their knowledge in real-world settings.
One 2018 alumni said the Sustainable Business Practicum course was a highlight during their time at Scheller. Through the course, students focus on real-world sustainability projects (those with an environmental or social dimension that impacts business risk or opportunity) with student teams working together to develop practical recommendations and solutions for participating company sponsors.
“I also participated in the Carbon Reduction Challenge and won with team SunTrust in 2017 while interning there and then coached a 2nd-place team in 2019 from SunTrust as an alumnus,” the 2018 alumni told us. “I had the opportunity to present lessons of the 2017 victory at Georgia Tech TEDx twice and across multiple blog posts.”
Another 2018 alumni recalled working with a student team of consultants to fix an internal issue for Georgia Tech faculty.
“We focused on creating a new timesheet, equipment, and resources planning site on service now,” the alumni told us. “We were tasked with gathering requirements, configuring our system to match these requirements, then demoing it to our clients. This was a unique experience because it was essentially what I’m doing in my professional life nowadays.”
“We worked with a Nissan executive to build out a marketing strategy for several lines of automobiles. The project took months, and we were in constant contact with our company counterpart, ironing out details and bringing a project large in scope to a successful completion within the required time frame. It was immensely useful in preparing all parties involved to work successfully in any corporate environment. This is one of many invaluable experiences I was fortunate enough to learn from while at Scheller.”
“I was involved in a number of signature experiences, including a capstone in which I worked with a group of people from different majors to do a project for a Tech start up. I learned a lot about start ups, working with different team members, and presentation skills from this. I also developed professional relationships that are still strong and helpful in my career today.”
“We consulted for a real-life company and helped them kick start their social media campaign! Very cool to see us working in the real world while still in school. Invaluable experience.”
“It was the breadth of experience I received that strengthened my career and academic aspirations. I was involved in project work partnering with Atlanta businesses in every single upper level class I took, and I benefited from that work in more ways than I can count.”
“I went to China with my school and took two certificate classes. I learned a lot about their culture and navigating living in a different country and with different political circumstances.”
Where The Class of 2020 Went To Work:
Accenture – 12
Deloitte – 9
KPMG – 9
EY – 7
PwC – 6
Mircosoft – 5
The Home Depot – 4
NCR – 4
IBM – 4
JP MorganChase&Co. – 3