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Hult International Business School

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Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: January 15, 2021.

School Data

Tuition & Fees In-State: $196,400 (as of 2020)*

Tuition & Fees Out-of-State: $196,400 (as of 2020)*

Average Debt: $Data not provided by school in 2021.

When do students declare their majors: Freshman Year

International: 92%

Minority: Data not provided by school in 2021.%

First generation college students: Data not provided by school in 2021.%

Acceptance Rate: 38%

Average SAT: 1,217

Average ACT: Data not provided by school in 2021.

Average GPA: 3.20

HS Class Top Ten: 71.43 (as of 2020)%**

*The total tuition and fees for the most recent graduating class. This does not include books, room, or board.

** HS Class Top Ten is the percent of the student population that graduated high school in the top ten percent of their class.

*** Please note that these statics are provided for the business school major only whenever possible. If a school does not track these statistics separately, then the university-wide statistics are provided.

Hult International Business School placed at No. 32 in this year’s rankings. Dropping four ranks from last year’s 28th-place finish, the B-school had a slightly less competitive admissions process this year with an acceptance rate of 37.79% and average SAT score of 1217, compared to last year’s acceptance rate of 22% and average SAT score of 1268. 

Similar to last year, Hult’s No. 32 is due to its stellar performance in the Academic Experience category. Alumni rated their experience as 16th-best of all 93 schools, placing directly between elite institutions like Georgetown’s McDonough School (15th) and North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School (16th).

With five different campuses including Boston, London, Dubai, San Francisco, and Shanghai, Hult offers a truly international degree that aims to provide its students with a global business mindset and a repertoire of in-demand skills. 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION-FOCUSED CURRICULUM

The Hult undergraduate business curriculum is designed to teach students practical application of business theory with an emphasis on building soft and technical skills. 

The B-school recently launched a set of innovative courses, Nano, that cover different disruptive technologies such as 3D Printing, autonomous vehicles, Internet of things, AI and machine learning, Robotics, and virtual reality. Each course provides an introduction to a different emerging technology, assesses their business significance, considers the range of potential applications and the exposure to critical risks — including legal, regulatory, and ethical. 

“As the world continues to change rapidly with the advance of technology, these short one-credit courses are designed to help students think critically about how that technology could impact the future including how consumer behavior may change and what future opportunities may surface,” Lorena Leston, Director of Strategic Initiatives & Institutional Research at Hult, told us.

Students can choose from five majors including Entrepreneurship, Finance, Management, Marketing, and Business Analytics. Each year has a dedicated experiential learning component that allows students to apply their studies to real-world situations. 

In their first year, students compete in the Startup Challenge, which gives them an introduction to entrepreneurship and experience in pitching their ideas. Sophomore year features the Social Impact Challenge, a competition that teaches students about corporate responsibility and the power of business in social impact. The third year features the Specialization Challenge, where students complete a challenge in their area of specialization and develop their career-ready skills.

In their senior year, students compete in one of two Capstone Challenges: the Corporate Track or Entrepreneurship Track. The Entrepreneurship Track enables students to work on their own startup ideas, from developing the idea into a viable business proposition to pitching it to executives. On the Corporate Track, students work on a strategic challenge set by the management of a major company. Past clients have included McLaren, Amazon Launchpad, Unilever, and UBS.

“It was a very unique experience because we were able to form our teams based on skills and knowledge needed for the challenge,” one 2018 alumni, whose capstone project focused on McLaren, told us. “We were able to immerse ourselves in an industry that we might normally not even consider to be our cup of tea, however, it turned out to be fascinating. We were able to face a real-life business challenge that helped us grow as professionals, test our interpersonal skills and recognize opportunities as well as realize when we need to ask for guidance. I think we have learned equally as much retrospectively, which helped us recognize traits we could rely on in the future or pay attention to and improve them.”

These types of opportunities are baked into the curriculum at Hult. And unlike many other B-schools, where a capstone project is featured only in the senior year, Hult integrates every year with an opportunity to get real, hands-on learning. In turn, Hult students gain valuable skills throughout their education that prepare them for the real world of business. 

FIVE UNIQUE CAMPUSES

Hult offers its curriculum across five different campuses. London and Boston are the home campuses, with Dubai, San Francisco, and Shanghai being summer rotation campuses. The benefits of having such an expansive presence is two-fold: On one hand, students can gain a truly global perspective in their education. Hult is home to students from 136 nationalities, with no more than 8% of students from any one nationality. 

“The business program was very open and diverse,” one 2018 alumni said. “We had professors and students from many different areas of the world. This opened my eyes to many different perspectives.”

On the other hand, a global presence makes the Hult degree valuable and recognized. Hult students can graduate with both a U.S. and U.K. degree and the B-school is the only U.S. school to be accredited by the three most prestigious accrediting bodies: AACSB, EQIUS, and AMBA.

Roughly 61% of Hult alumni that we surveyed reported taking part in a global trip or project during their undergraduate education. “I rotated to China during summer courses,” one 2018 alumni told us. “This experience allowed me to immerse myself in a culture that was unknown to me and to experience life from a different perspective.”

EMPLOYMENT OUTCOMES 

Hult graduates have strong employment outcomes. Some 98.53% of the Class of 2020 secured a full-time position within three months of graduation, which was higher than any other school this year. And 70% had a business-focused internship before graduating. 

The practical application of Hult’s curriculum and its unique global rotational opportunities are the aspects that make a Hult degree one worth pursuing. 

Alumni say:

“We had group projects with live clients all the time almost in every class I took. They were extremely beneficial as rather than submitting an assignment to the professors, we were instead proposing a solution/project to real companies. This really made a difference in the learning curve and the motivation to give in 100% at all times.”

“Going to Hult is a global immersion. Students are from all around the world which makes classes even more special. Also, I studied in London and San Francisco which enriched my global experience at Hult.”

“HULT offers seamless campus rotation programs across 5 campuses on 3 continents and encourages all students to participate. I’ve done two rotations (San Francisco – USA and Dubai – UAE) and gained incredible insights on how to do business and understand different cultures in today’s globalized world.”

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From The School

Welcome to tomorrow’s business world
Traditional education was built for a more stable time—when looking at the past was a reliable way to predict the future. The world needs a new kind of business education that’s designed for today’s reality. Founded by one of Europe’s most successful entrepreneurs— Bertil Hult—we are a non-profit business school run by business people for business people. Our pioneering approach to education is designed to give you the entrepreneurial skills needed by employers, and the opportunity to put these skills into practice while gaining real experience. Get ready to challenge the status quo and create something better than anything that has come before.

It’s time to go beyond business
To make an impact in global business, you need to be able to work across cultures, understand how you can shape the future through sustainability and disruptive technology, and adapt to change so you can lead with confidence. A Hult degree takes you beyond business to learn about the world, the future, and yourself.

Uniquely global
With campuses in London, Boston, and San Francisco, optional Summer Programs in Dubai and Shanghai, and students of unparalleled diversity representing 130+ nationalities, you’ll live a global education, not just learn about it.

Real-world practice
As an integral part of your studies, you’ll hone your skills with real-world challenges. Simulations, case challenges with real business clients, and internships—with each challenge, you’ll put the theory you’ve learned into practice. You’ll use design thinking to create new startup ideas, develop solutions to combat some of the world’s most pressing social issues, and become adept at confidently pitching your ideas.

Future-focused
Explore your passions and equip yourself for a future that’s changing faster than ever before. Choose between five majors—Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Management, Marketing—to build a foundation of business knowledge. In addition, study “nano” courses in disruptive technologies to help you learn about the forces most dramatically shaping tomorrow’s business landscape. You also have the option to acquire specialized knowledge that’ll help you land the most in-demand jobs by minoring in areas like Computer Science, Design, and Psychology. You could also pursue the Combined Degree program to earn both a bachelors and masters degree at an accelerated pace and at increased affordability.

Personalized attention
At Hult, we know your name. With caring campus staff, a student to faculty ratio of 15:1, and an open-door culture, you’ll become part of a supportive community.