Dr. Beth Walker, Dean of the CSU College of Business provided our club members with an update on what’s happening at the College of Business at CSU.  There are 5,100 students currently enrolled in the College of Business of which 1,600 are minors and 2,500 are undergraduates.  This student body of the business school is supported by 132 faculty of which 67 are tenured.

The current freshman class is the largest they have ever had at the university and they are also the most academically gifted as well as being the most diverse.  This class also has the most first generation students.

The business school seeks to bring world class researchers who are passionate about teaching students.  Some of these top-notch professors have their articles and various writings published in notable journals such as the Wall Street Journal.

93% of the school’s graduates receive job offers in less than 180 days of graduation.  The Business School’s most prolific recruiter of students is Goldman Sachs, followed by companies such as Charles Schwab, KPMG, Lockheed Martin and JP Morgan Chase.

CSU has one of the top graduate programs in the country, ranking #3 in the world for their MBA in Social Entrepreneurship.  They ranked #5 for their degree in Social Impact and #15 in the world and #10 in the nation for their online MBA program.  They are currently the #1 ranked online MBA program in Colorado as ranked by US News and World Report.

The freshman retention rate is 93.7% and 68% of these students graduate in 4 years while 83% graduate in 6 years.  Scholarships increased to 104 this past year, that were in excess of $25,000, and the school’s number of new donors increased by 44%.

Less than 5% of the world’s business schools are accredited by the AACSB and CSU’s College of Business is one of them.  They have Friday morning staff gatherings to establish relationships among the themselves, they participate in programs to give back to the community such as “Cans Around the Oval”, Coats for Kids and the Polar Plunge and the Business School’s faculty/staff giving record is #1 at CSU.

The final aspect of the program featured a video about Kevin Hoyt who, after falling off a roof and becoming paralyzed, started taking one class at a time at his own pace and finished his education and walked across the stage at graduation!  Dean Beth Walker provided a very informative and interesting program after which several questions were asked by club members (some by former CSU professors themselves!).