Oregon State University’s College of Business ranked at No. 83 this year — climbing one spot from last year’s 84th-place finish. The B-school had a 91.66% acceptance rate and an average SAT score of 1118 this year. Employment outcomes saw a drop (likely attributed to the COVID-19 economic downturn) with 63.22% of the Class of 2020 securing full-time employment within three months of graduation, down from last year’s 79.12%. On the other hand, internship placements saw an increase with 79% of the Class of 2020 landing a business-focused internship before graduating — an improvement from last year’s 77%.
At Oregon State University’s College of Business, students are given a comprehensive education that guides them from the day they step foot onto campus to the day they embark on their career. With a strong blueprint curriculum and a variety of real-life experiences, students are given a clear path to a meaningful career.
THE BLUEPRINT MODEL
The College of Business offers 12 undergraduate business and design majors including Accounting, Apparel Design, Business Administration, Business Analytics, Business Information Systems, Design & Innovation Management, Finance, Hospitality Management, Innovation Management, Interior Design, Management, Marketing, Merchandising Management, and Supply Chain and Logistics Management.
One of the highlights of the undergraduate business program is Blueprint, a required 12-course series on professional and leadership development and financial literacy. The Blueprint curriculum follows an education-to-career model to provide a strong foundation for every business student. Students take one course each term every year until graduation with topics and projects including financial literacy, running a microenterprise, and competing in a college-wide case competition.
What makes the Blueprint model unique is its focus on work-based learning and transferable skills. Students develop key soft skills such as adaptability, teamwork, and communication. Additionally, Blueprint coursework is designed around NACE career competencies, a definitive guide of key competencies and career readiness. Since its launch in 2017, Blueprint has been well-received. The model was awarded a competitive $775,000 grant from the Strada Education Network and received praise at the AACSB’s Redesigning the Undergraduate Curriculum conference in May of 2019 and the 2019 Western Association of Collegiate Schools of Business (WACSB) conference.
Another benefit to the Blueprint model is the support that students receive throughout their undergraduate business education. Since they are required to take one course per term until graduation, students get direct and consistent support from faculty and staff. Overall, business school faculty received a strong 8.5 average rating from surveyed 2018 alumni in terms of their availability for informal discussions and mentoring outside of class.
“Through it all, we had the support of excellent professors, and they fostered an outstanding sense of teamwork amongst all students,” one 2018 alum told us.
Students at Oregon State have a variety of opportunities to gain real-life experience both in the classroom and out. Course projects often require students to work in teams and solve a real business problem.
“Every case study and project I worked on helped me think outside the box and encounter real problems companies face. This really helped my problem-solving skills and future planning strategies,” one 2018 alum said.
“In our Statistical Demand planning and forecast project, we worked with real data from a local company that our class had partnered with,” another 2018 alum reported. “It was unique in that we were using real-life data and information and the highly analytical side of business was something I thoroughly enjoyed. I feel it prepared me for the workforce by giving me the experience and confidence to not shy away from quantitative business problems.”
“The level of ‘real-life’ experiences at the instructional level were invaluable,” another 2018 alum said. “We were exposed to things that today’s employers are looking for in new hires.”
A number of surveyed 2018 alumni also highlighted the valuable experience they gained from the Oregon State Investment Group, a student-led asset management organization that manages approximately $2.5 million of assets.
“I was in the Oregon State Investment Group,” one 2018 alum told us. “It was a unique experience due to the Group’s very strong network nationally and intense hands-on learning environment. The Group also provided exposure to the type of work that’s completed in great finance career paths.”
“We were entirely student-led and invested the funds across three long-only portfolios,” another 2018 alum recalled. “This hands-on learning experience was the best thing for my career and time in college. It also gave me a community of classmates and dedicated alumni who pushed me to end up where I am today. I truly could not speak higher of any other organization/activity I’ve participated in. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for this group.”
Whether in-class projects or extracurricular activities, students at Oregon State are learning how to conduct business in real-world settings while also building important soft skills. Additionally, with the B-school’s comprehensive and supportive Blueprint model, they’re given a strong foundation in professional and leadership development and financial literacy. By the time Oregon State students graduate from campus and into the real world, they’ll be ready for anything and everything that comes their way.
“Working on an actual use case that the College of Business was dealing with helped me understand real-world applications of software and process development.”
“Oregon State Investment Group was by far the most real-world application and useful experience I had at OSU.”
“Our faculty was exceptional at building a project that allowed us the flexibility to achieve a goal we essentially set for ourselves around the project parameters. Each group programmed and executed a different part of the overall project that we presented to a real-life client.”
Where the Class of 2020 went to work:
- Deloitte – 12
- KPMG – 10
- Oregon State University – 7
- Intel – 6
- TTI – 5
- Target – 5
- E&J Gallo Winery – 4
- Insight Global – 4
- Cintas Corp – 3
- US Bank – 3