The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) College of Business ranked at No. 91 this year — improving five spots from last year’s rank of No. 96. The UTA College of Business had an acceptance rate of 87.34% and an average SAT score of 1090 this year. Employment-wise, 74.07% of UTA’s Class of 2020 secured full-time employment within three months of graduation, slightly down from last year’s 79.07% — although this may largely be attributed to the COVID-19 economic downturn. Internship outcomes saw a small uptick with 48.40% of the Class of 2020 landing a business-focused internship before graduating, up from last year’s 47.10%.
As one of the largest B-schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, UTA College of Business enrolls about 6,500 students in total. UTA’s undergraduate business program offers a comprehensive education that encourages students to apply their business knowledge and develop as strong leaders.
UTA business undergraduates can choose from several majors including Accounting, Economics, Finance, Information Systems, Operations Management, Management, and Marketing. Additionally, the B-school offers two certificate programs: one in entrepreneurship and another in sales.
The business program received satisfactory ratings with surveyed 2018 alumni giving a 7.0 average rating in terms of how well the business program prepared them for the world of work. Quality of teaching in business courses was rated at a 7.5 average rating with opportunities to nurture and improve soft skills in business rated at a 7.4 average rating.
In survey responses, a number of 2018 alumni highlighted the real-world nature of their capstone experience. The project emphasizes both hard and soft business skills as students work in cross-functional teams to solve real-world business problems.
“The capstone project made me pull all my knowledge I had learned through my time in university,” one 2018 alum told us. “This project showed that I had the skills and abilities to create, operate, and grow a successful competitive business.”
“[For our] final project we had a real client and were able to interact directly with them, understand the business problems, conduct real research, and see the impact in real life,” another 2018 alum said. “We partnered with a few other clients as well, and it gave us really good exposure to various industries and business objectives.”
GOOLSBY LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
One of the cornerstone offerings at UTA College of Business is its leadership program. The Goolsby Leadership Academy is a two-year leadership program reserved for select juniors and seniors. Students apply for the selective program prior to their junior year. The Academy admits only one cohort per year with a rigorous selection process of an in-depth application, two letters of recommendation, and an interview by a panel of students and faculty. Key criteria for selection includes strong academic performance and future leadership potential.
Accepted students, or scholars, receive a $2,500 annual scholarship, extensive leadership development through curated courses, and access to networking opportunities with high-level executives and Goolsby alumni. Goolsby courses focus on dynamic leadership development with topics ranging from effective business communication to organizational strategy. Additionally, scholars take a study abroad course, called “Global Market Place,” where they travel abroad to visit global businesses and learn from company leaders. Past cohorts have traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland, and London, England in the UK, where they met with executives at companies such as Deloitte, FanDuel, AKWA, and Eurasia Group. By the time they graduate, Goolsby scholars have a strong competitive edge with past alumni securing positions at prestigious organizations including Goldman Sachs, Ernst & Young, Fidelity Investments, Athleta, and more.
Many B-schools have resources for leadership development, whether through workshops, courses, or dedicated programs. But UTA’s Goolsby Leadership Academy isn’t just any ordinary leadership program. It’s an extensive and challenging experience — one that holds students to a high standard and provides them with the necessary tools to become effective global leaders. The Academy’s annual scholarship, curated curriculum, and study abroad component are all integral components that offer a strong environment for students to achieve their full leadership potential.
Overall, what makes the University of Texas at Arlington College of Business unique is the cohesive educational experience that it provides students. Whether it’s through managing a business in the capstone experience or developing well-rounded leadership skills in the Goolsby Leadership Academy, UTA business students are given an end-to-end undergraduate experience to truly learn, grow, and succeed.
“The capstone project was extraordinary. It gave me an insight of what is going with real-world business.”
“The involvement of faculty, student body and local businesses in recruiting events like ‘Firm Night’ were a great tool to meet the firms and build a professional network.”
“The capstone project pulled everything taught to that point together into a challenging exercise which demonstrated the use of the information in a practical way.”
Where the Class of 2018 went to work:
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