Welch College of Business Among Princeton Review’s Best Business Schools

Welch College of Business MBA students

News Story: October 28, 2014

The Princeton Review has once again named Sacred Heart University’s John F. Welch College of Business (WCOB) one of the top schools in the nation. The education services company features the school in the new 2015 edition of its book, The Best 296 Business Schools (Random House/Princeton Review, $22.99).

John Chalykoff, dean of the WCOB, acknowledges that the University benefits from an ideal location for business education at the heart of one of America’s busiest corporate centers. “We have been able to attract a first-rank faculty of experienced practitioners and respected educators, and our students have ready access to mentoring opportunities and internships literally right at their door. The WCOB is named for our long-time friend and adviser, the legendary former CEO of General Electric, Jack Welch—GE World Headquarters is just a mile from campus—and our students are educated in his legacy and tradition.”

In its profile on the John F. Welch College of Business, The Princeton Review notes that the imprimatur of Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric, impresses many MBAs at Sacred Heart University. In 2009, the school introduced a new curriculum that begins with a fixed integrated core curriculum that “is very applicable to the real world” and culminates in concentration work in accounting, finance, marketing, or management. Students note that “the new Welch MBA format has been a monumental task to get rolling” and commend “the staff and professors, [who] go above and beyond to make sure each student is heard and pre­pared for the tasks at hand.”

Students commend “the breadth and depth of knowledge of the faculty,” call­ing their teachers an “outstanding group of professors with diverse backgrounds to teach various aspects of the business world. Their skills and knowledge in their particular sub­ject is outstanding.” Because “the school is not too large,” students benefit from “the opportunity to get to know one another” and their teachers in the classroom. Through an international MBA in Luxembourg offering con­centrations in finance and general management, Welch students have the opportunity to undertake internships in finance, marketing, international business and information technology in Luxembourg.

Sacred Heart’s Office of Career Development was also commended for providing assistance with resume creation and critique; conducting seminars on interview skills; maintaining online job postings; and organizing on-campus job fairs and interview sessions. The office employs a full-time assistant director whose primary focus is on MBA student internships and job placement. During a recent academic school year, 105 employers attended the school’s annual career fair and 19 employers interviewed on campus, including PricewaterhouseCoopers, General Electric, Target, Ernst & Young, Sikorsky, KPMG and Legg Mason.

In compiling the list, Princeton Review editors analyzed data from the surveys of 21,600 students from the best AACSB-accredited business schools in the United States and abroad.

The schools are not ranked numerically in the publication. “Each school in our books offers outstanding academics: no single business school is 'best' overall,’ ” said Robert Franek, senior vice president/publisher, The Princeton Review.