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The small class sizes, the quality of professors, and their promise to having professors teach the classes instead of teaching assistants makes this a unique program. We are in direct contact with faculty who have real world experience and connections and genuinely care about their students, and the caliber and work ethic of the students makes learning from your peers an essential part of the classroom experience and fosters thought provoking discussions.
I think if students were able to choose a major in marketing, finance, etc., instead of a concentration, students could then be even more well read on their specific topic of interest. It is great that every student has to take basic business requirements, it is necessary to know the basics about business, but I wish I could have taken more marketing classes and received a major in marketing, instead of a business administration major and a marketing concentration.
The business major is extremely comprehensive; students must complete core business requirements in accounting, finance, marketing, and management. Even though we do pick a concentration, our initial year in the business school is spent learning about all aspects of business.
More effort needs to be placed in recruitment. While we offer great business graduates to the market, many firms are not aware of the program. I would love to have firms come to campus more often, trying to get the best talent.
The business program prepares you in all aspects of the business world and I have felt that I am just as ready or more ready for a full time job than many of my peers at Ivy league schools. The facilities are excellent, the teachers care about their students and aren't just focused on their own research. The alumni network at Richmond is very passionate about getting UR into the top echelon of undergraduate business school.
We need more Wall Street firms to actually look at us as a "target" instead of having every accounting firm coming here. Getting a job in accounting from UofR is really easy but finance takes drive and work to "make it" to a good bank.
The small class size allows for individual attention from teachers. The teaching faculty are always available outside the classroom and strongly believe in providing their students with all the necessary resources to succeed. The mix of academic and executive perspectives within the Robins School of Business faculty gives students a greater breadth of knowledge to apply to their careers after graduation.
The improvement I would like to see in the Robins School of Business is a larger selection of classes to take within the business school. Due to our small size, I can feel limited in the scope of topics that are offered.
The Robins School of business is able to offer small class sizes and all classes are taught by professors, rather than TAs, allowing our classes to be more personalized and discussion based rather than a mere lecture. All of my professors have always known my name, which is significant to me because I know they care enough to learn our names.
It should be more selective. The 2.7 minimum GPA to declare a major in the business school is too low, and makes any course graded on a curve extremely easy. There are some extremely talented students at this school, but also some anchors which hold course difficulty back in my opinion. Also, more strategy consulting exit opportunities would make the job market more well-rounded (seems to be largely focused in Finance and Accounting exit opportunities).
I have never had a class larger than 25-30 students...as a result I have gotten to know every single professor and have realized how much the professors at the Robins School of Business care about my future.
I think that job placement in accounting and finance is very strong at the University of Richmond; however, I think that job placement could be improved in the field of marketing.
The Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond is unique due to the combination of the small classroom setting combined with the large amount of recruiting that is done by the best firms. I have never had a class with more than 30 students in it. I can expect personal attention from each professor that I have. I have never been taught by a TA. Even though Richmond has this great, small student body, the leading firms in all of our programs come on to campus to recruit. The Big 4 accounting firms hire the majority of the students who are in the accounting program, and many studying finance as consultants. The large Wall Street firms such as Goldman Sachs hire students from our program as well. Corporations outside of financial services, such as Altria and Dominion have a large presence in recruiting for those students that are looking for something different.
The business program is moving towards a greater emphasis on management information systems, and I think this is a wise choice. You simply can't underestimate the value of software skills in the business world. I would suggest an additional half unit degree requirement that could be fulfilled with a course on one of the following: advanced excel tools (macros and vba), Bloomberg terminal & Morningstar direct, SAS, or SQL server.
In each of the different business classes, especially the accounting classes, the professors are trying to give us the information and make us solve problems in a way that is similar to that of the real world. They know that a textbook can give us the basics, but that the real learning is through real doing. They try to incorporate that in much of what they do.
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