The Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill moved three places higher this year in our rankings coming in at number six. Kenan-Flagler is one of the hottest schools in the rankings, having consistently moved up from 14th two years ago to ninth last year to sixth this year.
A contributing reason? Kenan-Flagler saw improvements in both internship and employment outcomes this year with 96% of its Class of 2020 securing a business-focused internship before graduation and 98.03% landing a full-time job by the time of graduation with an average salary of $72,357.
With an acceptance rate of 11.51%, admission into Kenan-Flagler was more competitive this year than similar schools such as Emory University’s Goizueta, which had a 17.79% acceptance rate. The average SAT score for accepted students at Kenan-Flagler was 1451 with a whopping 77.10% being in the top 10% of their high school class at graduation.
Kenan-Flagler advertises its undergraduate business degree program as a “rigorous undergraduate business education with broad career applications.” And its impressive program offerings prove that.
Undergraduate business majors at Kenan-Flagler are required to complete 10 core courses, six business electives, and five electives outside of business. Additionally, the Kenan-Flagler degree offers customization based on students’ interests and desired career trajectory. Business students can choose to complete up to two “Areas of Emphasis” (AOE) as part of their major ranging from fields such as consulting, entrepreneurship, investment banking, and more.
2018 alums surveyed by Poets&Quants gave an 8.9 average rating for the quality of teaching in business courses at Kenan-Flagler.
STUDENT TEAMS ACHIEVING RESULTS (STAR)
One of the cornerstone programs at Kenan-Flagler is STAR, a program that matches teams of MBA and undergraduate business students with corporate partners to solve complex business challenges. Through the experiential program, students work on diverse teams on a real-life consulting project with a company or organization to solve a business problem and improve their performance. For many students, STAR offers an opportunity to experience collaborative teamwork in coming up with a business solution.
“My team was assigned the only non-profit in that particular year’s suite of organizations, and this was a transformative way for me to understand how to work with people of different experience levels and address the unique challenges of mission-driven organizations,” one 2018 alum told us in the survey. “This helped inform my decision to join consulting, and to do so in a large company’s government practice so that I had the best of the private sector and public sector at my fingertips.”
Another unique program to Kenan-Flagler is the GLOBE® program, an integrated and immersive 18-month curriculum where students gain first-hand exposure to foreign business operations and culture.
The GLOBE® program is essentially a full-year study abroad program at a partner university. Current GLOBE® institutions include the likes of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Copenhagen Business School. Past locations have included Brussels, Shanghai, Washington, D.C., and Research Triangle Park in North Carolina.
Students travel in cohorts of 54 students to an international destination where they study business with expertise from their chosen GLOBE® institution. For instance, at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, GLOBE®courses focus on case studies, international management issues, and the understanding of business climates around the world.
One 2018 alum who studied at both the Copenhagen Business School and the Chinese University of Hong Kong says that through the GLOBE® program they “made lifelong friends, traveled the world, and received top-notch business education.”
71% OF RESPONDENTS SAY THEY ENGAGED IN A GLOBAL IMMERSION EXPERIENCE
In addition to the GLOBE® program, Kenan-Flagler offers other opportunities for undergraduate business students to travel the world and learn about business and culture firsthand. Roughly 71% of 2018 alums surveyed report engaging in some form of global immersion whether through a trip or project.
For many, this experience is through a Global Immersion Elective, where students can partake in an immersion program and complete an internship in the same summer.
The Global Immersion Elective program offers students a series of courses in Chapel Hill and intense, all-day in-country programming where students learn about the forces and factors that shape business in the region. Students visit companies and meet with business and government leaders as well as local students to learn about the region’s culture, social and political characteristics and economic development factors.
“Global Immersion Electives were unique study abroad experiences as we had the opportunity to both learn about the local economy and then visit and interact with companies while there for a total immersive experience, rather than just taking classes,” one 2018 told us. “Traveling broadened my worldview and taught me skills that transferred over to my job.”
WELL PREPARED FOR THE WORLD OF WORK
When asked how well the business program at Kenan-Flagler prepared them for the world of work, 2018 alumni gave Kenan-Flagler a solid 9 average rating, a slightly higher score than Emory University’s Goizueta. Additionally, 2018 alum rated the Kenan-Flagler degree highly in terms of cost, time, and resources with a strong 9.2 average rating.
Overall, the Kenan-Flagler program is right for students looking to get a solid and rigorous business education with opportunities to explore a variety of career applications and interests through programs such as STAR and GLOBE®. The school enrolls mainly North Carolina residents, but there is room for out-of-state students looking to gain a solid undergraduate business education from a renowned public university.
“I held an internship with the Undergraduate Business School Office and worked with the career team, the study abroad office, admissions and the academic team my senior year of college. It gave me irreplaceable connections with the staff that I still keep up with post graduation and let me start applying my ‘real world’ skills while still in school.”
“One key experiential learning experience I engaged with was the STAR Program, which created opportunities for undergraduates and MBA students to work together on a real-life consulting project with companies and organizations over the course of the semester.”
“I participated in the global immersion trip to Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Through this experience, I got to know many of my classmates better and learn about business outside the U.S.”
Where The Class of 2018 Went To Work:
EY – 23
Wells Fargo – 20
Deloitte – 18
JPMorgan – 11
Bank of America – 8
Capital One – 8
IBM – 8
Cisco – 7
Red Ventures – 7
BCG – 5
Procter & Gamble – 5
For an in-depth interview with Dean Murray, go here.