The WWU Advantage: Why Study Business Here?
The School of Business offers:
- Award-winning faculty who are knowledgeable and caring
- A personal learning experience facilitated by small class sizes
- A practical hands-on approach to learning, including internships and real-world experiences
- A strong curriculum, with lots of options, fully accredited by ACBSP, a leader in international accreditation of teaching excellence in business programs
- Interaction with dedicated and smart classmates who get top scores on national exams and competitions in business
- Excellent placement rates in professional careers and graduate schools
- Opportunities for social and spiritual enrichment in a beautiful country setting
See our brochure that tells what we are about in a nutshell.
Award-Winning Faculty Who are Knowledgeable & Caring
The School of Business faculty members seek to make a difference professionally, academically, and spiritually in the lives of their students. A number of awards in teaching excellence and advising have been earned by the faculty. Our professors have a broad range of experience and backgrounds in business and include executives, entrepreneurs, attorneys, marketing managers, information systems specialists, and CPAs. Their primary motivation is to be in the classroom with their students or in a lab working on real-world projects. Students will benefit from their professional experience in classes small enough for active student involvement and discussion. With an open-door policy, students are encouraged to visit professors in their offices or even contact them at home. Faculty members are ready to be friends and mentors and to build relationships that students will value years after graduation. (Go here for a list of faculty.)
Small Class Sizes
You will enjoy the discussion and active student involvement that is facilitated by our small class size. Research shows that having a smaller class enhances the effectiveness of the course. In a small class, you get to know the teacher and the other students on a personal level, which helps you feel more comfortable in sharing and participating. Although the core and first-year classes tend to be a little larger, once you start taking courses in your concentration, the average class size drops to less than a dozen students.
A Strong Curriculum with Lots of Options
With six areas of concentration, six different majors, an associate degree, and four minors, the School of Business has a program that should fit practically every business interest. (Go here for degree information.)
Smart Students with High Test Scores
Each year our seniors, along with thousands of seniors from hundreds of other business schools across the nation, take a comprehensive exam called the Major Field Test in Business. This test covers how much our seniors know about accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, business law, quantitative analysis, information systems, and international business. Since 1992, when we first administered the test, our seniors have averaged in the top 13th percentile of business schools from across the nation. In the last few years, our seniors have scored in the top 5th percentile several times. In layman's terms, this means that at least 95% of the other business schools had lower scores. We believe these stellar results reflect the quality of our students and our program.
Every year, WWU sends a team of students to compete in the Deloitte tax challenge at the University of Washington. Teams from all over the Northwest compete to solve an incredibly complex tax case. Over the years, WWU has taken home the gold or silver multiples times (including mega-bucks of cool green prize money). We are proud that our students place so well.
Excellent Placement Rates
Over 97 percent of our business graduates in the last decade have been placed in careers or graduate schools within twelve months of graduation. Although the purpose of a college education is more than just preparing for a career, it is helpful to know that there are jobs awaiting graduates with business skills and training.
A Practical, Hands-On Approach
Real-world experiences are emphasized throughout our curriculum. Some examples:
- Marketing students develop marketing surveys and plans for small businesses and not-for-profit organizations.
- Management students prepare business plans for start-ups and for humanitarian projects (e.g. an orphanage in Peru and a school in Indonesia)
- Tax students assist elderly and low-income people in the community.
- Accounting students use software such as Quickbooks and other software to account for all the operations and functions of a small business.
- Management students compete in teams in a computerized business simulation to see who can best manage the resources of a corporation to maximize profitability and stock price.
- Auditing students work through a comprehensive true-to-life audit, complete with working papers, correspondence and reports.
- Finance students compete in an investment game that includes a portfolio selected by throwing darts (hopefully the dartboard portfolio doesn't win!)
- Advertising students prepare ad campaigns for local organizations that include graphic design and production
- Management students prepare strategic plans to assist local entities
Internships and Real-World Experience
Because an internship is an excellent way to strengthen a resume (and often leads to a full-time position), the School of Business requires all students to complete an internship. Not only do most interns get paid for their work, but they can also earn academic credit for their internship experience. The average evaluation score by internship supervisors is 4.7 / 5.0, which indicates that employers highly value the contributions of our students. Internships are offered in accounting, finance, general business, management, marketing and small business. Opportunities are available at a variety of organizations, ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to local small businesses, from church organizations and hospitals to federal and state governments.
Students studying international business get a real dose of international experience during summer study tours in places such as Hong Kong and China.
Special Business Accreditation
In addition to university accreditation by NWCCU and AAA, the School of Business has special business accreditation through the Accreditation Council of Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP), a recognized international leader in mission-based accreditation for teaching excellence. In 1997, we were the first business program in the denomination to obtain special business accreditation. All of our bachelor degrees are internationally accredited by ACBSP. In a nutshell, accreditation means that:
- Our program has been evaluated according to high standards, so students can be assured they are receiving the best quality education possible. The standards are modeled on the Baldridge National Quality Program and cover areas such as faculty qualifications, curriculum, classroom facilities, and computer & library resources.
- Our degrees are more recognized nationally and internationally, and credits are more easily transferable to other programs, which is especially important for those applying to graduate schools.
- The program provides the knowledge the skills needed to compete in today's marketplace.
- Students can participate in the Delta Mu Delta honor society, which recognizes academic excellence and provides lifetime memberships
- Students can apply for scholarships which require their business program to be accredited.
- Most professional and licensure certifications require accredited degrees (e.g. CPA in some states).
Go here for more information about the advantages of accreditation. Information regarding program outcomes, performance, and student achievement is available upon request. Click here for contact information.
Opportunities for Social and Spiritual Enrichment
WWU is known for its many different social and spiritual activities. Unlike some campuses where students disappear on the weekends, WWU literally buzzes with tons of fun stuff to do. (Visit the student association ASWWU website for more information.) On top of the already rich selection of campus-wide activities, business students can enjoy a variety of social, professional and spiritual activities by being a member of the Business Club. Visit our Facebook page or review our Photo Gallery for pictures of student activities.
A Friendly Town in a Beautiful, Country Setting
Walla Walla, Washington recently won the Friendliest Town In America Award, in a nationwide contest sponsored by USA Today and Rand McNally. We don't have Disneyland, cable cars, Sears Tower or free samples from Little Debbie factory tours. But what we do have are:
- rugged mountains nearby (waiting to be hiked, mountain-biked, rock-climbed or four-wheeled)
- vast forests of evergreens (for some great conversation around an irresistible campfire)
- rolling wheat fields (and lots of sweet onions too)
- raging rivers (for kayaking or whitewater rafting)
- or the slower Columbia or Snake Rivers (for some of the best windsurfing or water-skiing anywhere)
- pristine mountain lakes (for a quiet, reflective canoe ride)
- slopes of fresh snow (for some of the best economy skiing in the nation)
- and lots of fresh air too
- oh, and contrary to popular belief, we have electricity now, paved roads and a nice airport where real planes land everyday (and it gives us a great deal of pride to claim TWO Taco Bells).
- and if you must get to the big city, Spokane, Portland or Seattle are a mere 3-5 hours commute (depending on how you drive). And Disneyland is only 3 hours away (but by air) - - The point being that you can go places from here.
Last update on April 21, 2014