The Eccles experience is centered around an integrated business and liberal arts curriculum with plenty of opportunities for students to travel globally.
Previously ranking No. 66, The David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah dropped in this year’s 2023 rankings to No. 82. The B-School held near their acceptance rate of 73.77% as compared to last year’s 71.57%, with an average SAT score of 1210 for the Class of 2023 – down from their previous average of 1257.
Utah had a balanced finish in this year’s ranking for two of the three methodological categories, placing 60th in Admissions and 61st in Career Outcomes, yet they dropped to 83rd in Academic Experience.
TRULY INTEGRATED CORE CURRICULUM
Business majors at Eccles include Accounting, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Information Systems, Management, Marketing, Operations Management, and Quantitative Analysis of Markets and Organizations.
All Eccles undergraduates are required to take the undergraduate core curriculum, which features a number of liberal arts courses. What makes the core curriculum at Eccles unique is that the curriculum is designed specifically for business students unlike at other B-schools where students take a university-wide general education.
The Eccles core curriculum integrates liberal arts and business together with courses such as “Foundations of Business Thought” and “Business and Humanities.” In Spring 2019, Eccles began offering a revised core curriculum that features an integrated, problem-based approach to teaching foundational principles and concepts. The new curriculum reorganizes foundational information systems and statistics material in a two-semester, problem-based sequence called “Frameworks for Business Problems.”
Additionally, first-year students take a Career Development course, where they explore career interests and goals, and a VIBE (Value, Impact, Business, and Entrepreneurship) course where they are exposed to challenges faced by businesses. In their second year, students build foundational interdisciplinary business knowledge through an integrated semester blending accounting, finance, management, marketing, and operations. Through the core curriculum, Eccles students are given a strong foundation in a business-focused, liberal arts education.
Eccles alumni view their education relatively well with 2018 alumni rating the quality of teaching in business courses an 8.5 average rating. Graduates of the Class of 2018 also rated the business school faculty’s availability for informal discussions and mentoring outside of class an 8.8 average rating.
“My professors became mentors and friends that I will remain in contact with long-term,” one 2018 alumni told us.
Eccles students have a variety of opportunities to travel abroad to learn business from a global perspective. The B-school makes it easy for students to still gain credits and stay on track in their program as students can take Eccles School courses at a variety of international locations, both with Eccles faculty and partner university faculty.
“I studied abroad in Paris and I was able to tour different businesses there while studying marketing,” a 2018 alumni said. “This was unique because I was able to see business from a global perspective while still learning from professors from the University of Utah.”
One of the strong global opportunities at Eccles is the honors-level Business Scholars Program. Business Scholars get priority registration for Eccles Global trips and have the opportunity to meet with business leaders from the companies that they study. Many 2018 alumni that we surveyed spoke highly about their experience abroad through the Business Scholars Program.
“I took part in a summer program with the Business Scholars,” one 2018 alumni reported. “It helped me to integrate with my classmates, many of whom I worked with the remaining years of my degree. It also exposed me to the alumni network and helped facilitate my eventual career abroad.”
“The Business Scholars Program would definitely be considered a ‘signature experience’ during my time at the David Eccles School of Business,” said another 2018 alumni. “This program afforded me many opportunities, like traveling around the country and abroad, including California to visit Apple and Google Headquarters, Colorado to experience business there, plus Europe, to the Netherlands, France, and Belgium, where we experienced the United Nations Office in Brussels.”
Beyond the Business Scholars Program, there are a number of other opportunities for students to travel globally as well with programs designed around specific majors. For example, the Eccles Global Business Consulting Internship Program allows students to be part of a multidisciplinary team working with companies in Amsterdam and Paris. Students act as the subject matter expert for their field within the consulting team and work together to solve real challenges that global businesses face.
Eccles students have relatively strong employment outcomes. Some 86.92% of the Class of 2020 secured full-time employment within three months of graduation, down from last year’s 91.67% — although this may largely be attributed to the COVID-19 economic downturn. Internship outcomes saw a significant increase this year with 61% of the Class of 2020 landing a business-focused internship before graduating, up nearly 13% from last year’s 48.50%.
Overall, what makes the Eccles program valuable is its integrated business and liberal arts core curriculum and the ease and variety of opportunities for students to travel abroad.
“Visited many different large corporations and went out of the country to experience business in other countries to gain exposure to all types of businesses.”
“The student investment fund program prepared me for the high expectations and long hours associated with early-career finance. The network of high achieving young professionals and access to top tier professors was a great motivator and resource post-graduation.”
“The Goff Strategic Fellows program was a student-run consulting agency that provided consulting services to actual companies. Over a year, we developed four unique business model recommendations for four real-world companies. This experience provided me skills and tools I still use to this day to identify and solve problems.”
WHERE THE CLASS OF 2020 WENT TO WORK:
- Goldman Sachs – 15
- Fidelity Investments – 12
- Morgan Stanley – 8
- University of Utah – 7
- Wells Fargo – 6
- University of Utah Health – 5
- Celtic Bank – 5
- Amazon – 4
- E*TRADE – 4
- Overstock.com – 4