Landing in 30th for the second year in a row is the University of Pittsburgh’s College of Business Administration. Pittsburgh had a balanced finish in this year’s ranking, placing 32nd in Admissions Standards, 33rd in Employment Outcomes, and 39th in Academic Experience.
The University of Pittsburgh’s College of Business Administration had an acceptance rate of 49% for students entering Fall 2020. Those students also reported an average SAT of 1338 and average ACT of 29. The average high school GPA for the incoming class was a solid 4.0.
ANALYTICS CONSULTING PROJECT MOST POPULAR AMONG RECENT GRADUATES
Pittsburgh’s curriculum features seven different business majors and six business-focused certificates. All students must take 15 core courses as well as an Arts and Sciences foundation. Among the 2018 alumni that we surveyed through the rankings process, the school’s analytics consulting project was one of the most popular aspects listed.
“I was involved in an analytics consulting project in which I worked with a small group to develop a predictive analytic solution for a real client,” one alumni said. “I also participated in a practicum in which I worked as an analyst for a student managed fund and managed the healthcare sector allocation within the portfolio. Both experiences gave me the opportunity to do practical work with real stakes and build real connections with other driven students and professors.”
Said another: “The Data Analytics project taught by Andy Hannah was my first real experience, in my sophomore year, to work in a consulting fashion to a company and provide valuable insights. This was unique because it was a group of 10 students working closely with business professionals and unlike any of the classes I had in the past.”
ACADEMIC ADVISING, INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCES ARE STRENGTHS
Of the 15 scaled one-to-10 we asked Class of 2018 graduates, Pittsburgh alumni gave their experience an overall score of about 8.5, which was 44th out of 85 schools that surveyed their alumni and met the minimum alumni response rate. But when asked to appraise the effectiveness of the business school’s academic advising, Pittsburgh grads gave their school a rating of 8.83, which was the eighth highest in the category among all schools.
In the school survey, Pittsburgh officials mentioned the Tafel Center for Student Success, which houses the business program’s career and academic advising. The school also mentioned that the International Program is integrated within the career and academic services through the Global Business Institute.
Those efforts seem to be paying off and working as Pittsburgh had the eighth-highest place for alumni saying they had at least one significant international experience. Of those responding to the survey, more than half (53.45%) of 2018 graduates said they had an important international experience through the business school.
“Me and a few other students went to Uruguay with engineers to better understand Latin American supply chains,” one alumni said in the alumni survey. “We were able to visit four of Uruguay’s top companies with robust supply chains and understand the unique challenges that a Latin American country faces. We were immersed with the students, and they also helped us understand Latin American culture.”
Some 94% of the Class of 2020 had at least one business-specific internship before graduation. That was down one percentage point compared to the Class of 2019. About 88% of the graduating Class of 2020 secured full-time employment within three months of graduation. Of those, the average starting salary was $59,234, which was up more than $3,000 compared to the Class of 2019. The average signing bonus was also up compared to last year. This year, 43% of Pittsburgh business graduates reported receiving $7,361 for a signing bonus.
Where The Class of 2020 Went To Work:
- BNY Mellon
- JP Morgan Chase