After the Carroll School of Management, commonly known as “CSOM”, was recognized as the fourth best undergraduate business school by Bloomberg Business Week, many non-CSOMer’s were envious and resentful of the ranking. The feeling of animosity between the CSOM students and the rest of Boston College became even stronger than it was previously was, and the ranking led some non-CSOM students to believe that they were inferior to the average CSOM student they passed across the quad.

This rivalry among current students is carried on to the new Class of 2018 each time the questions, “What school are you in?" or "What major are you?” arise. Students at BC are known for their competitiveness and, because of the prestige and resources that CSOM has to offer, many students not in the business school desperately desire admission. However, transferring from the College of Arts & Sciences, Lynch School of Education, or the Connell School of Nursing into CSOM is difficult. Since very few students transfer out of CSOM and in recent years the class size has been over capacity, it is tough to get into CSOM after already being admitted into another school at BC.

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Anthony Golden / Gavel Media

Contrary to popular opinion, if you are not in CSOM now, there is no need to worry. Remember that you are at Boston College, one of the best universities in the country, whose top ranking was not given simply because of the business school, but rather because of the whole experience. Be grateful of where you are now, because few get the opportunities that you have.

As we all know, Boston College is focused on providing a high quality liberal arts education and exposing its students to a wide variety of disciplines. This ultimately forms an individual who is versatile and skilled in many ways. Thus, a great business education can still be had even if you are not in CSOM. Below are some ideas for the non-CSOM student to get more involved in the business field.

  1. Enroll in the Summer Management Catalyst Program. This 10 week program allows non-CSOM students to take seven classes that cover numerous concentrations within CSOM. You will complete the CSOM core and gain a solid foundation of business concepts. Also, many of CSOM’s most popular faculty teach the classes, opening up the ability to establish connections with some of the best professors CSOM has.
  2. Take advantage of the six classes each non-CSOM student is allowed to take in CSOM. Because of this limitation, you must choose wisely.
  3. Join business oriented clubs. Whether it is the Investment Club, the Entrepreneur Society, or lesser known clubs such as the Compass Fellowship or the Jenks Leadership Program, these clubs provide valuable business experience outside of the CSOM. They will expose you to many passionate students and influential faculty members within CSOM.
  4. Talk to your academic advisor. They are experts and want to help you. For example, students in the Lynch School of Education majoring in Applied Psychology and Human Development have the opportunity to get a minor in Management and Leadership in CSOM. This is one of many relatively unknown programs that are designed to help students pursue their desired academic path.

As you come to Boston College in the fall, remember that BC is dedicated to helping you learn and succeed after you graduate. Whether you are in CSOM, Lynch, A&S, or CSON, your educational experience is highly valuable and allows you to pursue your interests. Not in CSOM, not a problem.