Gain a competitive advantage in a challenging, professional environment.
Complement your enthusiasm with comprehensive business education. Translate your business savvy into service and you’ll reap lifelong rewards.
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.
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.
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. In addition, certificates in project management, business analytics, and market research methods are offered.
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 each of the last six years, our seniors have scored above the 90th percentile, with percentiles of 97th in 2017 and 96th in 2015 and 2016. We believe these stellar results reflect the quality of our students and our program.
For many years, our students 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.
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.
Real-world projects are required throughout our curriculum. Students complete substantial projects with real businesses, which gives students hands-on experience to put on their resumes. 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.
- Management students compete in teams in an online business simulation to to maximize profitability and stock price.
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.
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 a full-time position). 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, marketing, law, and general business operations 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 at the state capitol in Olympia and in the nation's capitol in Washington D.C.
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 Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree and Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees (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:
- Our program meets rigorous standards so students can be assured of receiving a quality education.
- The accredited degrees are more recognized nationally and internationally, and credits are more easily transferable (which is especially important for those going to graduate schools).
- The business education covers the knowledge and skills needed to compete in today's marketplace.
- Students can become lifetime members of Delta Mu Delta, an honor society, which recognizes academic excellence.
- Students can apply for scholarships available for accredited programs.
- Some professional 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.
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. 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.
The Associate Students of Walla Walla University (ASWWU) provides a rich array of opportunities for social and professional activities. Many of the officers of ASWWU have been business students who practice their leadership skills running an organization with over 100 employees and a half-million-dollar budget.
The Business Club continues to be the most popular club on campus. On average, the Club includes one third of the total undergraduate population. The Business Club organizes events like:
-- Pizza feeds, barbeques, and exclusive restaurant meals
-- Worm Ranch burritos during Review Week (worms not included)
-- Tours of well-known businesses in the Northwest
-- Guest speakers in successful business and entrepreneurial activities
-- Ski and white-water rafting trips to top Northwest destinations
-- High-stake mid-night bowling competitions and Go-Kart racing
For more information about Business Club activities, contact the sponsor, Andrew Dressler.
Other extracurricular opportunities include:
-- Pitch it: Every fall, WWU students participate in a community contest for the best entrepreneurial project idea and plan.
-- CoLab Scrum: Students work in teams to plan the design, marketing, and distribution of products in an innovative competition.
-- Colloquiums: In our guest lecture series, business, community, and thought leaders share their expertise and stories from the real world.
Walla Walla, Washington 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 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.