University of Evansville’s Schroeder School of Business ranked at No. 65 this year — falling 13 places behind from last year’s No. 52 finish. Schroeder had an acceptance rate of 59.15% and an average SAT score of 1169 this year. The B-school had lower employment this year, but it was pretty much impossible not to as last year’s graduating class had a 100% placement within three months of graduation.
The Class of 2020 still had impressive outcomes despite the COVID-19 economic downturn with 90.48% of the graduates securing full-time employment within three months of graduation. Additionally, 89.19% of the Class of 2020 landed at least one business-focused internship before graduating, just 2% lower than last year’s 91.67%. Schroeder’s best methodological category was employment outcomes, where the school placed 47th overall.
Much of the success of Schroeder students post-grad stems from the B-school’s well-rounded education which includes engaging course material, impactful experiential learning programs, and flexible study abroad options.
ENGAGING COURSE MATERIAL
The Schroeder School of Business offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA), a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, and a Bachelor of Science with a major in Economics. The BSBA includes Global Business, Finance, Management, Marketing, and Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
Schroeder courses include real-world projects, as well as outside guest speakers from the business community to actively engage students in their learning. For many alumni, the projects at Schroeder provided an active learning experience in solving a real problem and understanding how business functions in the real world.
“Senior projects like presenting work in front of the owner of a company or an actual client made me feel like the work I was doing was more than an assignment – it was actually affecting someone’s business,” one 2018 alum told us. “It gave me an extra push to do well.”
“Most of my marketing classes at the University of Evansville had class projects where we were able to apply what we had learned to help real businesses within the community,” another 2018 alum said.
“I worked with a group of six business school students in an experiential learning opportunity with 5th 3rd Bank,” said another. “We participated in a consulting project in an effort to identify potential loan opportunities. This course was led by a tremendous professor who had abundant career experience in consulting with Fortune 500 businesses.”
IMPACTFUL EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING PROGRAMS
The Schroeder School has a variety of unique programs that provide opportunities for students to engage in impactful experiential learning.
Its executive-style leadership training program, LEAD Forward, offers a year-long fellowship to select students who demonstrate a passion for leadership. Fellows spend their year on personal skills development, engagement with business leaders, and community impact. The program is directed by former Starbucks Category Manager for Brewed Coffee and Espresso Professor Mindy Sagez, who actively mentors LEAD Forward fellows.
“I was involved in the LEAD Forward program, which helped me increase and develop my leadership style and characteristics,” a 2018 alum told us. “The program gave unique experiences with a retreat focused on leadership development and opportunities to have access to high ranking individuals such as C-Suite executives.”
Upon graduation, LEAD Forward fellows have experienced a job placement rate of 100% and a starting salary of 12% higher than their peers.
“The experiential learning through the LEAD Forward Fellowship program was exceptional,” another 2018 alum reported. “The unique experience taught me a lot and put me in a position to exceed my employer’s expectations after graduation.”
Another experiential learning program that Schroeder students can participate in is the CFA Institute Research Challenge, an annual global competition that provides students with hands-on mentoring and intensive training in financial analysis and professional ethics. The competition is structured around local, regional, and global rounds as students compete with peers from other universities and are tested on analytic, valuation, and presentation skills.
“I had the opportunity to take part in the CFA competition where I was able to analyze and provide financial recommendations on a company as part of a regional competition,” one 2018 alum said. “[I gained] further opportunities to network with other students and industry professionals as part of this event.”
Opportunities such as the LEAD Forward program or the CFA Challenge enable active experiential learning outside of the classroom. But the true value of these experiences is the real impact that they leave on students. From strong mentorship and leadership development to unique networking opportunities with business professionals and executives, students are put in a strong position to succeed post-grad.
FLEXIBLE STUDY ABROAD OPTIONS
On average, 60% of Schroeder School graduates study abroad. That’s in large part due to the ease and flexibility that students have to go abroad. The University owns and operates Harlaxton College in Grantham, England. The Schroeder School leverages Harlaxton to create extensive opportunities for students to study abroad through a two-week business program, five-week summer session, full semester, or combination of these options.
“I was able to study abroad two times due to the flexibility allowed by my degree program,” one 2018 alum told us. “These experiences helped me grasp various concepts of international business that I do not believe could be easily taught.”
At Schroeder, learning business isn’t so one-dimensional. Whether it’s through real-world projects, experiential learning programs, or study abroad opportunities, students are getting an integrated education in becoming well-rounded business professionals.
“I traveled to the U.K. with a group of my business school peers to study the effects of global trade and the impacts of the UK exiting the European Union. We visited large companies, manufacturing facilities, sports complexes, and listened to several lectures.”
“Business school provided multiple extracurricular programs that covered different areas of business and finance that allowed students to gain a better understanding of careers in the fields of business and finances.”
“The class engaging activities, simulations, real-life examples, and the social activities at the business school made my experience unique.”
WHERE THE CLASS OF 2020 WENT TO WORK:
- BKD – 4
- SS&C – 3
- EY – 3
- RECKITT BENCKISER -2