ACU COBA grads have high placement rate after 90 daysPosted September 30, 2013
Students who graduate with a degree from ACU’s College of Business Administration (COBA) are finding jobs and gaining acceptance to post-graduate degree programs in large numbers, according to a new study showing a 95 percent placement rate for students who earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in May 2013.
One of them was Meg Harley, a May 2013 graduate with a B.B.A. degree in marketing who was intent on finding a career opportunity in Houston. She spent the summer between her junior and senior year as an intern with USAA in San Antonio. That experience led to interest from two other companies and, eventually, a job.
“For years, our faculty have embraced the need to focus on career development as part of our business curriculum,” says Dr. Rick Lytle, dean of COBA. “In addition, we’ve committed more resources to help our students plan for their lives after graduation. We’re especially fortunate that generous alumni across the nation are partnering with us to connect students to valuable internships and great jobs.”
Of 78 students who graduated with a B.B.A. degree and also responded to a survey, 46 accepted employment offers with an average annual starting salary of just over $44,000. Among their employers were Reliant Energy in Houston, Dell Computers in Austin, Wells Fargo in Fort Worth, PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dallas, Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, Documation in San Antonio, and Accenture in Arlington, Va. Twenty-three other students were accepted to a graduate program or professional school. ACU’s COBA is one of nine private universities in Texas, one of two Church of Christ schools and one of three CCCU schools to be accredited by AACSB, the highest standard for business schools in the world.
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