At the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, the mission is to be a vibrant learning organization that creates impactful knowledge and develops transformational leaders – which ties directly to the school’s values of respect, excellence, leadership, loyalty, integrity, and selfless service.
The B-school came in at No. 34 in this year’s 2023 rankings – up two places from last year’s No. 36 in the 2022 rankings. Their strongest score of the three methodological categories was Admissions, where they ranked No. 27.
The Mays Business School welcomed only 28% of their applicants this year, a good amount more selective than last year’s 36.19%. Their average SAT score was nearly in line with last year’s 1274 – at 1278.5 for the most recent incoming class.
Employment-wise, 82.35% of the Class of 2023 secured a full-time position within three months of graduation – up a bit from last year’s 81.22% for the Class of 2023. A solid 75% of the Class of 2023 landed a business-focused internship before graduating, up 5% from last year’s score of 70% for the Class of 2022.
“Aggies are encouraged to be optimistic about their education and to believe that they can achieve their goals,” Annie McGowan, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs at Mays, says. “The spirit of transformational leadership is integrated into coursework and high impact learning experiences.”
A CULTURE OF SERVICE
Selfless service is heavily integrated both the opportunities available for Mays students as well as the culture at Mays.
The Nonprofit and Social Innovation Certificate is one of the ways Mays students can tailor their education towards a career in service. The certificate includes 13 hours of coursework and an internship with a social purpose organization.
“Not-for-profit organizations makeup one of the fastest growing employment sectors in the country and are actively looking for graduates who can use their skills to immediately make an impact,” McGowan says.
Students can also enroll in the “Strategic Philanthropy” course where they actively engage in entrepreneurial activities and contribute over $100,000 annually to a local non-profit organization.
A STRONG NETWORK
The values of Mays help contribute to its strong alumni network. That might be because of the number of resources Mays provides its students to connect with alumni. When alumni were asked how they would rate the opportunities given to them in the business program to nurture and improve their soft skills, they ranked the program a 9.08 out of 10.
Mays Career Coordinators are specifically dedicated to serving Mays students by offering targeted services and resources. Through Career Coordinators, Mays students can outline a career management plan based on career goals.
McGowan says the Career Coordinators help Mays students develop their networking from start to finish.
“Students are encouraged to begin meeting with a Mays Career Coordinator as freshmen to begin creating or refining their resumes, developing their professional networks, building career readiness skills, and identifying opportunities to gain experience while still undergraduates,” she says. “Career programming for all Mays Business School students includes networking mixers with industry recruiters, career fair preparation, mock interviews with local professionals, and major or industry-specific panel discussions.”
HireAggies is another resource available for Mays students to build connections. The online system connects students to job postings for both full-time and internships as well as contact information for thousands of employers to assist in the development of professional networks.
The Business Student Council hosts one of the largest business career fairs in the country, attended by more than 700 employing organizations last fall and 500 last spring.
The AggiExternship program, hosted by the career center, provides the opportunity for students to participate in multiple one-day visits to companies to gain insight from professionals in their fields of interest.
Other opportunities include industry seminar presentations, panel programs, and case competitions.
“The Aggie network perpetuates affection and loyalty to Mays and to Texas A&M University,” McGowan says. To say the Mays network is tight-knit is an understatement.
“I doubt there is an alumni network in the world that is as strong as the Aggie network,” Warr says. “I’ve been all over the world and have had other Aggies see my Aggie ring and come up to me to introduce themselves, and an immediate friendship is formed. Aggies, nearly to a fault, will go out of their way to help each other, and I am proud and thankful to be a part of it.”
“I was involved in multiple group projects that pushed myself and my fellow teammates to “think outside the box” to create brands and new strategies to reach specific target markets. This, if anything else, dramatically increased my proficiency in public speaking and project planning & innovation.”
“My time at Mays prepared me to be a competent businesswoman by treating me like I already was one. The high standard set by the school’s leadership ensured I received a first-class college experience while developing as an individual of strong character and integrity.”
“The PPA program at Mays involves an internship during the busy season at a big 4 accounting firm. This experience set me above my peers when I did eventually start full time and has enabled me to be on a faster track of learning and progressing in my career even years later.”
“The best experience I had while at Mays Business School was through the Strategic Philanthropy course taught by Kyle Gammenthaler. During this class, we researched and interviewed nonprofits and, as a class, decided where to donate $50,000 to our community. Not only did this class shape my perspective of how to be more philanthropic in my personal life, but after graduation I ended up working for the company that also runs the charitable foundation that started the class at A&M.”
“The differentiating factor of my educational experience at Mays was the fact that faculty and staff were concerned with developing the content of my character in addition to the content of my mind. I was equipped with a deep technical understanding of my field of study, as well as an awareness of my individual values, my ability to create value for organizations, and the importance of seeing value in others.”
“Like almost anything in life, what you get out of your experience at Mays depends on what you put into it. However, if you commit and invest, Mays offers an exceptional educational experience, an international network, and unparalleled opportunities to grow as a professional and an individual.”