Finding the Right Fit: Business Schools

CollegeStartOnline works with many prospective business students each year to help them gain an advantage over their competition and get accepted to their top choice universities. While working firsthand with these students and their families, we have seen how challenging the university search process can seem.


As you will learn in business school, any project is more feasible when broken down into more manageable components. Narrow down your application list by considering the following key factors in business schools:


  1. University size and student services. Do you do best in small class sizes where you form close relationships with your professors and classmates? Or do you prefer larger lecture halls and the freedom to work independently? Reflect upon your learning style, your goals for business school, and the student services you will require to succeed. These components will ensure that you will thrive academically in your program.
  2. Location. Beyond the program’s geographical distance from your hometown, you also need to consider its setting. Small town campuses often offer bustling student life programs, but rural settings provide few internship opportunities. An urban campus will provide immediate access to the business world, but not all students love busy city environments. A suburban setting can often offer the best of both worlds, but you may be saddled with a long commute to an internship in the city. Think about your preferences and the possibility to obtain practical work experience, as these factors will affect your happiness on campus and your ease in find a job following graduation.
  3. Business program majors and faculty. Visit the individual business programs’ websites to learn more about their major curricula and additional student services, such as mentorship programs or entrepreneurship training. You also should peruse their faculty listing; your professors will not only teach you the fundamentals you will need to thrive in the business world, but they will also serve as critical career connections. If you hope to work in a particular industry, faculty with experience in that area could help to give you an advantage after graduation.
  4. Reputation and career outcomes. A college’s ranking is a good indicator of its prestige, although you should also consider your personal goals. An Ivy League business school may not offer classes in a particular niche industry, and a top-10 business school might not offer the personalized mentorship you need to start your own business. Research the university’s alumni: where do they work, and do any of them hold your dream job? What percentage of graduates find a position within six months of graduating, and what is their average starting salary? These factors will make sure that you choose not only a reputable school, but also an institution that will jumpstart your career.
  5. Campus visit. There is no better way to get a feel for a college and its student body than exploring its campus. Take a university tour, shadow a student, sit in on a class, and talk to current students to find out what student life is really like. Business programs tend to require many group projects, and consequently you want to be sure that your classes will be filled with likeminded, hard-working students who will both help you succeed academically and ultimately become part of your professional network.


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