The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) College of Business held strong to their No. 90 palace in this year’s 2023 rankings, the same place they secured in our 2022 rankings.
The UTA College of Business reported an acceptance rate of 61.80% for their most recent incoming class – much more selective than last year’s 82.13%, and an average SAT score of 1035 – down a bit from last year’s average of 1061.
Employment-wise, their rates have gone up, with 36.84% of the Class of 2023 securing full-time employment within three months of graduation as compared to 32.12% for the Class of 2022.
Despite their lower ranking, 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.
In survey responses, a number of 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 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 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.
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. 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.
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 on 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.”