Hofstra University’s Zarb School of Business landed at No. 79 this year, falling behind nine spots from last year’s rank of 70th. The Long Island-based B-school had an acceptance rate this year of 89.55% and an average SAT score of 1206.
Despite falling behind this year, the Zarb School of Business managed to see modest jumps in both employment and internship outcomes. Some 71.43% of the Class of 2020 secured full-time employment within three months of graduation, up from last year’s 68.12%. Internship prospects saw a significant increase with 77% of the Class of 2020 landing at least one business-focused internship before graduating, up from last year’s 68%.
The Zarb School offers a fully integrated business education that is characterized by strong business community engagement and expansive global opportunities.
INTEGRATED APPROACH TO BUSINESS
Undergraduate students at the Zarb School get a truly integrated approach to learning business. Coursework throughout the undergraduate degree program emphasizes how all business disciplines contribute to the success of an organization. The Zarb School offers nine undergraduate majors including Accounting, Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Information Systems, International Business, Management, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management.
All undergraduates are required to take “Business and Society-Foundations for Professional Development,” a course that exposes students to concepts across all business disciplines and familiarizes students with the role that business serves in society. In their senior year, students take “Business Policy and Strategy,” another integrated business course where students engage in consulting projects.
Overall, Zarb alumni view their undergraduate business education rather positively with surveyed 2018 alumni rating the quality of teaching in business courses an 8.2 average rating. Zarb School faculty also received high remarks for their availability for informal discussions and mentoring outside of class with an 8.7 average rating.
STRONG BUSINESS COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
The Zarb School offers a number of opportunities for students to engage with business professionals. Through the B-school’s alumni network and strong corporate partnerships, students engage with senior-level executives at speaker series and conferences arranged by the school’s research centers.
The Zarb Leadership Series is one prime example. The annual event is hosted in New York City and has featured lectures by CEOs including Ajay Banga of Mastercard; Roger Ferguson of TIAA and Michael Dowling of Northwell Health. Beyond speaker series, a number of courses also feature a component of business community engagement — from meeting finance professionals to visiting advertising agencies.
“I took a January session course called Money and Capital Markets taught by Dean Bales,” one 2018 alum told us. “We were lucky enough to go into the city for five of the course days and meet with industry professionals. I felt that those discussions really gave me an inside look at the finance industry that you don’t get in a classroom.”
“[We] went to visit an advertising agency in NYC and got to sit in a meeting room with employees telling their stories to the world of advertising,” another 2018 alum said.
These engagements, both through speaker series and class trips, give students insight into potential careers that they may be interested in while also providing them with unique opportunities to network and connect with the business community.
The Zarb School’s strong corporate partnerships also enable a number of resources for its student and faculty community from training workshops to unique courses. The B-school recently partnered with IBM Skills Academy to provide students and faculty access to some of IBM’s cutting-edge technology, resources, and training material. Additionally, through the IBM partnership, the Zarb School recently launched a new course in data science, “Fundamentals of Design Thinking and Data Science.” By completing the course, students earn an IBM badge that proves competency in areas of data science.
EXPANSIVE GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES
Students at the Zarb School have a number of opportunities year-round to travel and learn business from a global perspective. Courses in Global Entrepreneurial Consulting, each with a different country of focus, are offered every spring semester. Students work virtually with entrepreneurs in the focus country and visit the country during their spring break. Past focus countries have included South Africa, South Korea, Ireland, and Israel. Students can also partake in the school’s dual degree program with Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, where they spend six weeks in an internship in China.
The Zarb School’s global opportunities offer students unique opportunities to not only see another culture but also gain professional work experience in a foreign country. Having that global work experience can be a huge asset when it comes time to apply for jobs that require an understanding of how businesses operate outside of the U.S.
“I participated in the Dual degree program with Dongbei University of Finance and Economics in Dalian China,” one 2018 alum recalled. “The program gave me exposure to foreign professors and work environments helping to prepare me to work for a global bank.”
From an integrated education to strong business community engagement and global opportunities, the Zarb School takes students out into the real world to give them a sense of how they too can make their mark.
“I spent a semester abroad at the University of Valencia in Spain, as part of Zarb’s suite of exchange program offerings. I was able to take coursework that fulfilled my BBA requirements, while also enriching my business education with international perspectives. At the same time, I got to explore a new country and culture – an enormously fulfilling personal experience, and one that increased the value of my education tenfold!”
“Dual Degree Program – gave me a second business degree that was international. This degree helps me stand out in my job search as it is not a common opportunity provided across other universities.”
“I participated in a Consulting Case Competition my senior year, which Zarb’s management department hosted in partnership with GEICO. It was a unique, hands-on way to explore many of the topics we’d learned in the classroom while addressing real-life issues faced by a large and enormously successful firm.”
Where the Class of 2020 went to work:
- AXA Advisors
- Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
- BDO USA, LLP
- Grant Thornton
- Merrill Lynch