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CSOM Rises to New Heights in Bloomberg Businessweek Rankings

Turns out “ever rising to new heights” isn’t just a slogan on a Superfan shirt. In the past few years, Boston College’s undergraduate business school, the Carroll School of Management, has quickly climbed in the Bloomberg Businessweek rankings.

The rankings are based on employer survey of recent business graduates, student survey of campus, career services department and faculty administrators, starting salary, and internship obtainment.

Valued at 23rd ten years ago, CSOM now rounds out the top three of undergraduate business schools in the nation, just behind Villanova School of Business and Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.

Founded in 1938 as the College of Business Administration, the Carroll School of Management has come a long way without losing sight of its biggest ambition. In a letter regarding the adoption of the Principles for Responsible Management Education, Andrew Boynton, Dean of CSOM, stressed the university’s commitment to producing ethical leaders and providing an education that emphasizes the formation of the entire person.

In addition to the Jesuit mission of the school, Professor Adam Brasel, Chair of the Marketing Department, highlights the concentrated attention to the undergraduate program as one of CSOM’s biggest strengths, in contrast to other schools where the best professors tend to be on a trajectory to teach in the MBA program.

“A lot of top business schools don’t focus on the undergraduate business school,” observed Professor Brasel. “In CSOM, there’s an emphasis from the top level of administration to the rookie professor that treats the undergraduate classroom as incredibly important.”

Along with its unique undergraduate focus, CSOM also works to form a well-rounded student.

“The course load is rigorous, yet manageable,” said Jay Nam, CSOM ‘18. “There is definitely a strong quantitative aspect with classes like accounting and finance, but also a qualitative side through classes like Portico and Organizational Behavior.”

The addition of Portico to the curriculum, piloted in the 2008-2009 academic year, corroborates CSOM’s desire to embed Jesuit values into a business education. The intent is to teach first year undergraduate students how to recognize and respond to ethical issues in business environments. “Our emphasis on liberal arts through the mandatory A&S electives also sets us apart from other schools,” Nam added.

Along with CSOM’s curriculum, business students must also fulfill the university’s extensive core curriculum. Though some students find the course load cumbersome, many find value in exploring courses outside of the business school.

“It gave me the opportunity to do PULSE, which was one of my favorite classes Boston College,” said Josh Reed, CSOM ‘16. “Plus employers really like the well-rounded nature of the Jesuit education. Inevitably, certain courses I wasn’t the biggest fan of, but nothing’s perfect.”

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The incorporation of a liberal arts education in the curriculum does not compromise the drive to do well as business students.

“CSOM is unique from other schools because we really have focus on the job search, which can make the environment more pressured, but also makes you strive to succeed,” said Nam.

It also helps that the myriad of opportunities in and outside of the classroom are far from lacking.

“The dean’s office and staff are phenomenal, so definitely get to know them; they are great resources,” Reed advised. “Also, the alumni are outstanding, don’t be afraid to reach out and utilize LinkedIn.”

In particular, Reed recommends of exploring the more unique courses, such as Tech Trek or International Accounting.

“It’s a different experience for everyone, but yeah, I totally found I’ve gotten a ton out of it,” Reed continued. “There are so many opportunities and open doors, it’s just a matter of taking the initiative to take advantage of them.”

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