The Ohio University College of Business debuted at No. 74 in its first time participating in the Poets&Quants Best Undergraduate Business Schools ranking. While Ohio University’s College of Business placed 74th overall, it excelled in the Academic Experience category, where it placed 32nd overall. The Academic Experience category is based solely on the alumni survey.
Based in Athens, in the southwestern portion of the state, Ohio University’s BBA degree features 10 majors. Those majors include accounting, business analytics, business economics, business pre-law, entrepreneurship, finance, international business, management and strategic leadership, management information systems, and marketing. The college also offers a bachelor of science in applied management degree and bachelor of sport management degree, both of which sit outside of the traditional BBA degree. Additionally, the college offers minors in business, business analytics, finance, marketing, and sport management. The college also offers 11 certificates, some of which are in some interesting and unique areas like esports, festivals and events management, and financial programming.
UNIQUE BUSINESS CLUSTER PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS UNDERGRADUATE BUSINESS EXPERIENCE
Regardless of major, the highlight of the business education experience at Ohio University is The Business Cluster. Students are placed in teams, professors from multiple disciplines come into the classroom, and then the student teams are assigned to solve different real-life business challenges.
“The Business Cluster is such a phenomenal program. An array of skills are required to succeed, all of which are directly applicable to the real-world,” one alum told us in the alumni survey. “Soft skills such as communication, critical thinking, organization, teamwork, and time management, as well as hard skills like data mining, financial analysis, marketing, and so much more. From a learning perspective, I can imagine no better way to encourage students to collaborate. Collaboration occurs not only amongst classmates but across classes themselves. Knowledge from all four courses must be applied, resulting in a well-rounded curriculum.”
Said another: “The integrated business cluster is where I learned how to be on an effective team and get comfortable with presenting, and the intermediate accounting courses showcased a case study that really immersed students into the implications of financial accounting.”
CAPSTONE COURSE ANOTHER HIGHLIGHT FOR RECENT GRADS
The capstone class was another hit among those from the Class of 2018 that responded to the survey.
“Our capstone project allowed us to present to many distinguished companies in the sports industry,” a 2018 alum explained. “During this project, we were able to utilize our skills learned through our business classes to conduct industry research, conduct interviews, and present our findings to high ranking officials for each of these companies/organizations. This research and presentations were used to further their decision-making process.”
Said another: “In my capstone class, we worked directly with sports properties all over the country. My group in particular worked directly with IMG College at Ohio University to help them increase their attrition rate. This experience allowed us as students to put our best foot forward and create, brainstorm, and collaborate with real professionals on real issues. The legitimacy of each project was very helpful and valuable for our actual careers after college.”
STRONG ALUMNI SURVEY RESULTS
As mentioned above, Ohio University’s College of Business really punched above its weight in the alumni survey portion of our methodology. In particular, when asked on a one-to-10 scale how likely they would be to recommend the College of Business to a colleague or close friend, respondents from the Class of 2018 gave an impressive average of 9.5. When asked how available business professors were for informal out of class meetings and mentoring, 2018 graduates gave an average of 9.3.
As part of the survey, we also ask the recent graduates if they had a “signature experience,” defined as key project work, experiential learning, or global immersions as part of the business school. Of those responding, some 81% said they did have a signature experience through the business school.
The Class of 2018 graduates were also asked if the first jobs they landed after graduation were in a desired industry and at a desired company. Impressively, about 86% of respondents reported that their first jobs were in a desired industry. And about 73% said they landed first jobs at a desired company.
Some 78.6% of Class of 2020 graduates had at least one business-focused internship before graduation. Within three months of graduation, 74.7% of the Class of 2020 had accepted a full-time job offer. Of those accepting a full-time job offer, the average starting salary was $50,292.
Ohio University offers an under-the-radar business education experience. Students in Ohio and in the region should consider the sleeper school as an option as it holds up against other more well-known business programs at Ohio State and the University of Cincinnatti.
“I took the financial planning track of the finance degree at Ohio University to fulfill the applicable educational requirements set forth by the CFP Board, as I knew I wanted to be a Financial Planner, particularly a Certified Financial Planner and this past Thursday I was notified that I achieved a preliminary pass on the National CFP exam with my final results and diagnostics arriving in four weeks. I can’t say enough about Ohio University’s College of Business or about the CFP Certificate program in and of itself. Everyone from the professors to the faculty to the students were willing to collaborate and help each other to achieve their goals and that seems to be something that has come to be a standard at Ohio University as a whole.”
“What is wonderful about OHIO University College of Business is that every major has a professional immersion program. My three majors each had a capstone project. I worked with real company stakeholders that provided business scenarios for us to provide them a service. I was in the Consumer Research and Analytics Center where we worked on real projects with corporate partners in my case Chase, Wendy’s and Kelloggs, and we presented out findings at headquarters. The Schey Sales center and the professional sales certificate but me in front of corporate partners. we did sales competitions and case study competitions. Our classes are project-based more than exam based so we were consistently engaging in real-life business scenarios with corporate partners. Finally, every business student engages in a group based semester, where we do industry assessments and create our own companies from idea, business plan and execution.”
“What makes OU’s business school unique is the “business cluster program.” On either your Sophomore or Junior year you participate in this program. You are assigned a team of random business students and the entire college is given an industry. You and your team are “consultants” and are given various tasks and asked to present your findings on multiple times throughout the semester to your clients (professors in the college). It is an incredibly difficult and immersive experience where you learn about an entire industry and specific companies within them. For the majority of this semester my team and I worked in the library for 14+ hour days, weekends included. Receiving an A in this program is incredibly difficult and only given to very few teams that presented unique findings. During this program I got to know one of my professors very well, Paul Benedict. He made himself available to my team, and after flunking our first presentation he gave us guidance that led us to be the top performing team by the end of the semester. To this day he is a mentor and friend and OU’s business cluster was my most memorable and favorite experience.”
WHERE THE CLASS OF 2020 WENT TO WORK:
- Lower – 20
- DHL Supply Chain – 7
- PNC Financial Services – 7
- Huntington National Bank – 6
- Infoverity – 6
- JP Morgan Chase – 6
- KPMG – 6
- Deloitte 5
- Plante Moran – 5
- Sherwin Williams Company – 5