Debuting at No. 70 is the University of the Pacific’s Eberhardt School of Business in Stockton, California. Eberhardt took a balanced approach, placing 67th in Admissions Standards, 60th in the Academic Experience, and 74th in Employment Outcomes. This is actually the third time the Pacific has attempted to participate in the rankings but is the first time the school successfully completed all required school data and met the minimum alumni survey response rate.
The Business Administration degree at Eberhardt is a four-year program where students can begin taking business courses as freshmen. The degree has five focus areas in Finance, Management and Human Resources, Business Analytics, Marketing Management, and Sport Management. It also features a Business Administration minor as well as minors in Business Analytics, Leadership, and Management.
MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR STUDENT-RUN INVESTMENT FUND ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR ASPECTS OF THE PROGRAM
As part of the alumni survey included in the ranking process, we asked Class of 2018 graduates if they had a “signature experience” as part of the business school experience. A signature experience could be any sort of impactful project work, global immersion, or experiential learning experience. Of those that responded, some 53% of the class said they were engaged in some sort of “signature experience.”
One of the most popular signature experiences listed was the Eberhardt Student Investment Fund. Students are accepted into the two-term course through a formal application process. Once accepted, they help manage an investment portfolio that is currently reaching $3.2 million. Students manage the fund with the help from an advisory panel including the Dean of the B-school. “The student investment fund was a great experience giving us hands-on learning in the real business world,” one 2018 alum said about the experience.
According to the school, about 53.60% of Class of 2020 graduates had at least one business-focused internship before graduating. That number is relatively low compared to other participating schools. The Class of 2020 did, however, report a job acceptance rate of 77.12% within three months of graduation. That rate was relatively better than the internship rates compared to other participating schools. Those with accepted jobs reported an average starting salary of $58,083.
Within the alumni survey, we asked Class of 2018 alumni if their first jobs were in a desired industry and at a desired company. Some 65% of 2018 graduates from Pacific reported taking a position in their desired industry immediately after graduation. And 47% reported their first jobs were at one of their desired companies.
AN INTRIGUING OPTION IN THE GOLDEN STATE
The Eberhardt School offers an intriguing business education option for students looking to be close to the San Francisco Bay Area but avoid the cost of living that goes with it. About 85 miles from San Francisco, Eberhardt alumni had positive feedback of their experience as the school punched above its weight in the alumni survey. Alumni also noted enjoying the smaller school and class sizes.
“Small class sizes were the most beneficial part of the school,” one 2018 alum told us. “It was engaging.”
- University of the Pacific – 3
- Amazon – 2
- Bloomberg – 2
- Clorox – 2
- Tesla – 2