The University of Gerogia’s Terry College of Business ranked No. 29 this year. Securing a spot in the top 30 this year, the Terry College improved eight spots from last year’s 37th standing. It also placed 29th in 2019. Georgia’s Terry College ranked consistently across our three methodological categories, placing between 30th and 37th in all three categories.
Terry got significantly more selective this year by accepting 45.09% of applicants with an average SAT score of 1314. Employment wise, Terry students perform relatively well in the job market. About 80% of the Class of 2020 had a business-focused internship before graduating and 91.84% secured a full-time position within three months of graduation.
The Terry program is one that offers students a valuable education for becoming both a successful business leader and well-rounded individual. Through the curriculum’s unique certificate programs and experiential learning courses, Terry students are well-prepared not only for the world of business, but the challenges that come with any career path.
GOING BEYOND THE TRADITIONAL CURRICULUM
Terry students can choose from eight business majors including: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Real Estate, and Risk Management and Insurance. Additionally, students can choose to complete an academic certificate in Actuarial Science, Entrepreneurship, Fintech, Leadership, Legal Studies, or Music Business.
These additional certificate programs are where the Terry curriculum really shines. Each program features a comprehensive set of courses, activities, and projects for students to explore a field of their choice. For instance, the leadership certificate program allows students to serve in real communities and make an impact while gaining valuable leadership experience.
“I was able to serve a nonprofit in the Athens community called Young Designers, which is a program teaching at-risk youth soft skills, sewing, entrepreneurial skills and more,” one 2018 alumni told us. “I spent my senior year getting to know the students and volunteers, teaching the students about fashions and cultures of other countries (their theme was International Studies that year), putting together open houses, cleaning up and designing spaces in their facility and attending their fashion show fundraiser at the end of the year, which raised ~$20,000 for their program.”
By offering these types of experiences for students, Terry enables a learning environment that goes beyond a traditional curriculum of case studies and lectures. Rather, students at Terry have the opportunity to not only learn valuable business skills, but also better understand who they are as individuals and leaders.
“Beyond developing my leadership style, more importantly I learned what my weaknesses are,” a 2018 alumni who was a Leadership Scholar in the Leadership Advancement certificate program said. “Being aware of your own weaknesses and being provided the skills and knowledge needed to improve them has been a huge benefit for my career since the very first day of my first job.”
COURSES EMPHASIZE EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
Experiential learning plays a large part in many of the business courses at Terry. Through these courses, students tackle real-world problems by applying concepts learned in class. One example is the marketing capstone course, which includes a capstone project requiring student teams to make simulated marketing decisions for a company.
“This simulation encompassed everything I had learned in the business school and made me use that knowledge to begin making decisions,” one 2018 alumni said. “It was the first time I felt like I knew what I was doing in my field and really felt like I was ready to enter the real world with all the knowledge that I had received throughout my four years at UGA.”
Another alumni referenced a capstone Corporate Risk Management project, where student teams were tasked with analyzing and evaluating risk exposures and solutions for a mid-sized corporation’s business insurance and employee benefits programs.
“Part of this analysis involved analyzing property/casualty claim experience and exposures, gauging subjective risks such as supply chain contingencies, employee benefits plans & funding, and current in-force & proposed insurance products — including complex, loss-sensitive risk management programs to address primary casualty needs,” the 2018 alumni told us. “Our final product compiled our findings into a 75+ page report & made recommendations based on total cost of risk, opportunity costs, global economic environment, state of insurance markets, and the risk appetite of the corporation.”
At many B-schools, these types of hands-on capstone experiences conclude a business education. But at Terry, hands-on learning is rampant throughout a student’s academic journey.
One alumni highlighted the abundance of hands-on learning opportunities she had through her Digital Marketing emphasis.
“On top of acquiring two Google certificates as part of course requirements, I also joined the Digital Marketing Competition,” the 201i8 alumni told us. “While competing, my team and I were mentored by a veteran marketing professional, Teresa Caro. She was incredibly tough, detail-oriented and helpful. We also attended conferences and toured marketing agencies in Atlanta. Finally, we got to meet and pitch our project to Time Warner executives. It was a very challenging but rewarding experience, and showed me the kind of hard work it takes to be a marketing professional.”
At Terry, there isn’t one signature experience that summarizes the entire undergraduate experience because nearly every major, course, or certificate program offers a number of signature experiences. In turn, the Terry experience is one that goes beyond the traditional curriculum to offer a rich education that develops curious business students into successful business professionals.
“The rich learnings in class, passionate staff and abundance of opportunities around campus truly made my experience one of a kind!”
“I provided business consulting services for a small GA business that actually ended up allowing me to work for them remotely as a first year law student. Fantastic experience; I redesigned the website, helped the company find international distributors, managed product photography, and ran social media accounts.”
“What was unique was the different real-life internship options you can take as an undergraduate. I personally had 5 different internships in my undergraduate career and they each taught me different skills needed in business.”
Where The Class of 2018 Went To Work:
Ernst and Young LLP – 33
Deloitte – 28
SunTrust Bank – 23
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP – 22
Newell Rubbermaid – 15
Oracle – 15
The Home Depot – 14
KPMG – 10
Alight Solutions – 9
NCR Corporation – 9