The University of North Carolina-Wilmington’s Cameron School of Business ranked at No. 82 in this year’s rankings — plummeting 23 spots from last year’s 59th-place finish, thanks to much lower employment outcomes this year compared to last year.
The Cameron School of Business had an acceptance rate of 67.79% this year and an average SAT score of 1186. The B-school took a significant hit in employment outcomes with only 35.37% of its Class of 2020 securing full-time employment within three months of graduation, down nearly 61 percentage points from last year’s employment outcome of 96.67% — although this may in large part be attributed to the COVID-19 economic downturn. Internship outcomes, on the other hand, saw a bump with 61% of the Class of 2020 landing a business-focused internship before graduating, up from last year’s 57%.
While the Cameron School of Business ranked lower this year, its undergraduate business program is still a worthy contender for prospective applicants. With its experiential project work and expansive global experiences, the Cameron School of Business offers a strong undergraduate program that challenges students to learn and grow.
EXPERIENTIAL PROJECT WORK
The Cameron School business education places a strong emphasis on project work. Students work on a variety of projects that not only help develop their hard business skills but also their soft skills and creativity. Surveyed 2018 alumni rated the opportunities given to them in the business program to nurture and improve soft skills in business (such as verbal and written communication skills, adaptability, delegation, time management) a strong 8.6 average rating.
“My senior capstone course was intriguing and challenging,” one 2018 alum told us. “For our final project, we were required to create an art project & essay that represented a business strategy that we had covered over the semester. Some students chose singing or performing a skit. I chose to demonstrate the strategic alliance between a whale shark and remora in a painting. This project was unique by challenging us to be creative and practical skills that weren’t necessarily encouraged throughout our typical business courses.”
“My capstone project really made me consider all areas of business that I had learned about all throughout my time in school,” another 2018 alum said. “And working with others on a large project helped mimic teamwork in a career.”
STRONG GLOBAL EXPERIENCES
Global learning is one of the main offerings that makes the Cameron School of Business attractive. Students have a number of opportunities to travel abroad and challenge themselves — both on a professional and personal level.
The Prague Consulting Project is a three-credit course that provides an opportunity for students to engage in a real-life consulting project for a client in the Czech Republic. The 2019 class traveled to Prague to present an in-depth marketing and financial analysis for an emerging sports energy drink company. The valuable consulting project experience of this course is a prime example of what makes the global learning experience at the Cameron School of Business unique. Many other B-schools offer consulting projects for real clients, but few offer such projects in a foreign country.
“I was engaged in several signature experiences through our business school (honors thesis project, hands-on stock market experience with real funds, study abroad, and a consulting project for a company in Prague),” one 2018 alum recalled. “The most impactful project for me was the consulting project. We spent 8 intense weeks researching and building our presentation to help solve an issue for a company in Prague. Then we traveled to Prague to present our findings to the company. I was one of the presenters, and the experience is one I will never forget. I learned so much about forecasting finances and developing marketing plans, but also about professional decorum and public speaking. Every employer I spoke with about this project was incredibly impressed, and I believe this experience played a big role in helping me to get a job.”
Students looking for a more traditional study abroad program can choose from one of many partner universities around the globe from schools in France to China.
“I studied abroad at the KEDGE Business School in Marseille, France both as a business school endeavor and because I was minoring in the French language. The experience of studying abroad completely changed my outlook on life, learning, and growing into real-life experiences,” another 2018 alum reported. “The opportunity allowed me to be taught by foreign teachers and learn a new way of thinking. I also was forced into situations where I had to make new friends and connections and learn to live with what I had. I had never been placed in a situation where I was so responsible for myself, more on the learning side of being in a foreign place.”
Overall, what makes the Cameron School of Business unique are the variety of experiential projects and the global learning opportunities available to undergraduates. Whether it’s through an art project of a business strategy or a study abroad program in France, Cameron students aren’t just on a path of learning business, but also a bit about themselves as well.
“I was involved in many experiences, from the Prague project to the Fed Challenge team. These experiences, generally, were team-based and helped me to connect and meet with some of the other great personalities and minds on campus. It was absolutely enthralling, inspiring, and helped me to grow as a student and person.”
“The capstone project allowed us to select a large company and do research and make projections on their next strategic moves. My team and I accurately predicted that Disney would launch its own subscription streaming service.”
“I was in a global immersion learning experience when studying abroad with the business school at UNCW. I studied in the United Kingdom- University of Hertfordshire. In addition, I attended two years of the business schools trip to New York City to engage with numerous financial institutions and alumni in the metro area.”
Where The Class of 2020 Went To Work:
EY – 8
Live Oak – 7
Amazon – 3
MetLife – 3
Credit Suisse – 2
Epic Systems – 2
Lenovo – 2
NTT Data – 2
IBM – 1
Oracle NetSuite – 1