Why Study Here?
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. Many 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, CPAs, marketing managers, information systems specialists, insurance brokers, and economists. In addition, a majority of our faculty run their own businesses on the side, so they know about the real world. Their primary motivation is to be in the classroom with their students or in a lab working on real-world projects. 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 for a lifetime (list of faculty and staff).
Small Class Sizes Lead to Effective Learning
Our students enjoy lively discussions and active involvement facilitated by small classes. Researchers have found that smaller classes enhance learning effectiveness. In a small class, students get to know the teacher and their peers on a personal level, which increases the level of comfort in sharing and participating. Although the early core classes tend to be a bit larger, the average class size drops to about a dozen students for concentration classes at the junior/senior level.
A Strong Curriculum with Many Options
Our degrees cover most of the top 10 in-demand business specialties (per a NACE survey). With seven degrees, five concentrations, an associate degree, and five minors, the School of Business has a program that should fit practically every business interest (degrees and programs). In addition, certificates in project management and market research methods are offered.
Smart Students with High Test Scores
Each year our seniors, along with tens of 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. Over the last five years, our seniors have averaged in the top 5th percentile of business schools from across the nation. In 2017, our seniors scored in the 97th percentile and in the 96th percentiles in 2015 and 2016. We believe these stellar results reflect the quality of our students and our program.
For many years, our students have competed in the Deloitte tax challenge at the University of Washington. Teams from all over the Northwest strive 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 have done so well.
Excellent Placement Rates
Over 95 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 jobs await graduates with business skills and training.
A Practical, Hands-On Approach
Real-world projects are emphasized throughout our curriculum. Students are required to complete substantial projects with real businesses. Students graduate with resume-building real-world experience. Some examples:
- Marketing students develop marketing surveys and plans for small businesses and not-for-profit organizations.
- Management students prepare business and strategic plans for start-ups, local small businesses, and international humanitarian organizations.
- Tax students assist elderly and low-income people in the community.
- Accounting students use software, such as QuickBooks, to account for all the operations and functions of a small business.
- Auditing students work through a comprehensive true-to-life audit, complete with working papers, correspondence, and reports.
- Finance students compete in investment games that include dartboard portfolios (hopefully the dartboard doesn't win!).
- Advertising students prepare ad campaigns for local organizations, including graphic design and production.
Presentations from Prominent Business & Community Leaders
In our evening guest lecture series, we invite prominent business and community leaders to share their stories and expertise and to provide advice one-on-one with students. We have heard from leaders at Boeing, Twitter, Microsoft, The Economist magazine, the U.S. Federal Reserve, CPA firms, political parties, nonprofit organizations, banks, newspapers, investment firms, consulting firms, entrepreneurial firms, state & local governments, and law firms. Business students participate in the colloquium series each quarter in residence, freshman through senior years.
Internships and Real-World Experience
Completing an internship is an excellent way to strengthen a resume, gain valuable practical training, and confirm a career interest (and it often leads to full-time positions). For these reasons, all WWU business students complete an internship. The vast majority of interns not only get paid well for their work, but they also earn academic credit. The average evaluation score by intern supervisors is 4.7 / 5.0, which indicates that employers highly value the contributions of our students. Internships are available in accounting, finance, management, and marketing at a variety of organizations, including Fortune 500 corporations, local small businesses, hospitals, federal and state governments, and nonprofit organizations. For many years, our students have served as legislative interns in Olympia, Washington, and at the nation's capitol.
Special Business Accreditation
In addition to university accreditation by NWCCU and AAA, WWU has special business program accreditation by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP) to offer the BBA degree and the BA and BS degrees with Majors in Business Administration. ACBSP is a recognized international leader in mission-based accreditation with a focus on teaching excellence. In 1997, we were the first business program in the denomination to obtain special business accreditation. In a nutshell, accreditation means that:
- These degrees have been evaluated according to high standards, so students have assurance of a quality education. The standards are modeled on the Baldridge National Quality Program and cover areas such as faculty qualifications, curriculum, classroom facilities, and computer & library resources.
- The 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.
- These degrees provide the knowledge and 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 those scholarships that require accredited degrees.
- Some professional and licensure certifications require accredited degrees.
View the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Student Brochure for more information about the advantages of accreditation. Information regarding program outcomes is available here and upon request.
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.