The C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston placed at 33 in this year’s rankings. Improving 21 spots from last year’s 54th spot, the Bauer College of Business had a slightly more competitive acceptance rate of 23.75%, compared to last year’s 26%. The average SAT score was 1306 this year with 34.60% coming from the top 10th percentile of their high school class.
Bauer was also one of the few B-schools to see an increase in employment outcomes despite the challenges of the COVID-19 economic downturn. Some 94.74% of Bauer’s Class of 2020 secured full-time employment within three months of graduation, up from last year’s 78.76%. Additionally, 60.70% of the Class of 2020 had a business-focused internship before graduating, up nearly six percent from last year’s 54.20%.
Houston placed 55th in 2019 and 54th in 2020, so the jump is significant. Houston did best in the Admissions Standards category, where it placed 28th of the 93 schools ranked. It also placed 45th in the Academic Experience category and 48th in Employment Outcomes. The B-school’s strong, specialized programs and opportunities to connect with real business professionals are what make the Bauer education unique.
REAL EXPERIENCE IN SPECIALTY PROGRAMS
Bauer offers seven majors to undergraduates including: Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management. But perhaps what makes the Bauer education most attractive is the abundance of specialities that students can choose from. Bauer’s specialty programs allow students to dig deeper into their field of interest and feature opportunities to gain real work experience.
For instance, the B-school’s Program for Excellence in Selling (PES) allows students to engage in live selling. Students are required to achieve a sales quota in each of their classes, much like the real world of business sales.
“The Program for Excellence in Selling (at the Stephen Stagner Sales Excellence Institute) made my college experience,” one 2018 alumni told us. “Without this program, my answers would be vastly different, and not for the better. This sales program gave me the necessary education, training, support, and network to really succeed and excel post-graduation.”
For those interested in Entrepreneurship, Bauer’s Wolff Center For Entrepreneurship enables students to learn how to start and operate their own businesses. Much like other specialty offerings at Bauer, the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship allows students to gain real-world experience in the field.
“Through the entrepreneurship program (Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship), I co-founded a startup with an intellectual property license from NASA, a detailed business plan, investor pitch, and marketing, and was able to travel internationally to pitch at business plan competitions, where my company was awarded $50k and listed on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the Energy category,” one 2018 alumni said.
These types of specialty programs are the cornerstone of the Bauer education. At many other B-schools, your major will give you access to courses with experienced professors. But at Bauer, your learning isn’t tied to a textbook. Rather, students can dig deeper into their major and truly explore fields and specializations that interest them. By the time Bauer students graduate, they have a strong sense of what an industry or role is like.
OPPORTUNITIES TO CONNECT
Connections are key to business. And at Bauer, students can gain strong experience through connections with faculty and business professionals. One 2018 alumni we surveyed highlighted her experience in the core business class corporate project, where she was put in front of F&A executives at the Halliburton Company, one of the world’s largest providers of products and services to the energy industry.
“I had the experience to compile a project with peers, solve a business problem and present this information in a formal business setting in front of a panel of directors,” the 2018 alumni said. “When I landed an internship in IT because I already knew all of these sr. F&A folks, this impressed IT, I used my connections to do really well in my internship projects and by the end of those 3 months I was in front of the CIO and Sr. IT leadership team presenting.”
Another 2018 alumni told us about the connections she made with Professor Michael Ray Newman, Senior Professor of Practice and Director of Accounting Programs at Bauer, which led to a future internship.
“Dr. Newman arranged for me to meet with Michael Bennett, the Houston office managing partner at Grant Thornton to complete a research project related to different tax provisions offered to companies, and how each one would affect their tax basis,” the 2018 graduate said. “I was tasked with recommending a hypothetical plan of action for a company, and what tax provisions they should utilize to aid in reducing their tax basis while also remaining in compliance with various regulations that could affect this hypothetical company. It was a great learning experience, and Michael Bennett actually recommended me for an internship at Grant Thornton while I was completing this project. Both Dr. Newman and Mr. Bennett were amazing mentors to me during my time at Bauer, and really helped shape and prepare me for the working world.”
With strong specialty programs and connections that lead to future internship and employment opportunities, Bauer students are well-prepared for any career they choose to pursue.
“I was in the Program for Excellence in Selling. What made it unique was the real life sales we were making as students to managers, recruiters, and C-level executives. While being taught sales strategies and practices, we were also tasked with real quotas to meet and a number of role plays and cold calls to make. Every week, we would have 2 companies partnered with the program to come out and talk to us about their company and OpenDoc interviews for internships and full time opportunities. It was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience as a college student.”
“As part of a few classes we had projects with actual real world companies. It was unique in that we got actual feedback from people who would actually be implementing any solutions we came up with. It was like practice for jobs we actually wanted to hold and taught us a lot about the various industries we were interested in.”
“The program gives you live training and exposes you to real-world projects, from starting an internet business to working with intellectual property to launching new ideas.”
WHERE THE CLASS OF 2020 WENT TO WORK
- CapGemini (19)
- KPMG (17)
- Amazon (10)
- PwC (10)
- EY (9)
- LyondellBasell (9)
- Accenture (7)
- Deloitte (7)
- Shell (7)
- Alliantgroup (6)
- Dell EMC (6)
- RSB US, LLP (6)