The Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver secured a place at No. 50 in this year’s rankings. Daniels improved eight spots from last year’s ranking and 15 spots from 2019, continuing a very solid upward-trajectory in our data-based rankings. This year’s acceptance rate was 62.20%, compared to last year’s 78%. The average SAT score this year was 1264, relatively in line with last year’s average score of 1270.
Employment wise, Daniels students have relatively strong outcomes. Some 81.29% of the Class of 2020 secured a full-time position within three months of graduation, a dip from last year’s 89.41% although this may likely be attributed to the COVID-19 economic downturn. Despite the economic downturn, internship outcomes were up this year with 94% of the Class of 2020 having a business-focused internship before graduating, an increase from last year’s 88%.
Daniels took a very balanced approach in this year’s ranking, placing 49th in academic experience, 50th in admissions standards, and 55th in employment outcomes. The success of Daniels graduates is largely tied to the B-school’s innovative and relevant curriculum with strong mentorship and support.
Daniels offers two distinct degrees: a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy.
The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree offers seven majors to choose from including Business Information and Analytics, Finance, Hospitality Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, and Real Estate and the Built Environment.
The Bachelor of Science in Accountancy is an integrated accounting program that also offers the option for students to continue on to the Master of Accountancy degree, also known as the 3/2 Program.
One of the key characteristics of the Daniels education is the relevance of the information that students learn in the classroom. Experiential learning is well integrated across the curriculum.
“As a hospitality major, most of my experiences with studies were experiential,” one 2018 alumni told us. “One of the most memorable, and beneficial, was a Human Capital class where the course focused on the importance of the employees. As part of this class, we worked with a student in the refugee program at the school and mentored/trained them to be the service staff at a formal dinner. This experience was both eye-opening and very educational. A great learning experience provided by the school.”
“An innovation class project afforded us the opportunity to work with local businesses with hands-on experiences and solutions to grow their business,” said another. “This project resulted in my first internship with the local company our project was based on. Furthermore, this business plan also played a role in the rapid advancement in my career. I graduated in 2018, landed an entry-level marketing job in 2018, and then advanced to a manager role in 2019 earning 6 figures (less than 2 years out of undergrad) DU’s reputation and the project I shared during my interview are a few things that stood out to my employer and guided their decision in their selection.”
The Daniels College has long been a forward-thinking and innovative institution. The B-school launched the first-ever “Business of Marijuana” course in the state of Colorado back in 2017, offering students a thorough view of the growing industry (no pun intended), from management to ethics.
“I took the only accredited Business of Cannabis class in the country at the time,” one 2018 alumni recalled. “That specific class is the reason I have the role I do today.”
With its innovative curriculum, Daniels can consistently offer students a relevant education that opens doors to internship and job opportunities. Moreover, Daniel alumni view the quality of teaching relatively well, with surveyed 2018 alumni giving an 8.9 average rating.
STRONG MENTORSHIP & SUPPORT
Daniels offers a number of resources to support students in their professional development. Its LEAD (Learning by Example, Attaining Distinction) Mentorship Program pairs undergraduate business students with professionals in their chosen field or career trajectory. Mentors meet with undergraduate students once a month and offer guidance and support from someone in their professional development and help them build connections with professionals in the community
Students interested in exploring potential careers can participate in the Job Shadow Program, where undergraduate students can shadow professionals and learn more about the day-to-day job of the role that they are interested in.
Alumni also rate the B-school faculty’s availability for informal discussions and mentoring outside of class highly giving it a 9.0 average rating.
But the career support at Daniels goes beyond mentorship and shadowing programs. All Daniels undergraduates are required to take part in professional development as part of the Daniels Core Curriculum. Students must complete requirements including creating a polished resume, writing a cover letter, attending career services workshops, participating in mock interviews, and more.
“The amount of extra support in building resumes, test interviews, what to wear, how to communicate was something that you can’t learn in a classroom,” one 2018 alumni told us.
With an innovative curriculum in the classroom and plenty of support outside the classroom, Daniels students are given the tools they need to succeed in any career path they choose to take.
“In the international marketing class I took, we split into groups to develop a marketing plan for a company we chose to move into a new country. We had to develop the plan, research what, where, why, and how, and then present within a time limit to the class a concise summary of all the plans made in our full-length marketing plan.”
“I went through a capstone where we worked on using data analytics to help the city of Denver improve their expansion.”
“We worked with McDonald’s corporate in an advertising class. I benefited from the experience of presenting in front of an actual client and getting their honest, real-world feedback on my ideas.”
Where the Class of 2016 went to work:
Arrow Electronics, Inc.: 5
U.S. Bank: 4
Goldman Sachs: 4
Marriott International: 5
Motivity Solutions: 3
Fransen Pittman General Contractors: 2
Janus Capital Group: 2
Northwestern Mutual: 2