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Our Impact

Our Impact There are many ways to measure the impact of a college, and just as many ways to make an impact. At Coles College of Business we have intentionally examined our strengths, the needs of our students and the goals of our community to determine where we can make the biggest contributions. The result is four ambitious areas of impact that will elevate our world-class research, educate the next generation of leaders, connect us globally and support economic growth in our region and the world.

  • Preparing our students for career contributions in the local economy and beyond is central to the Coles College of business mission. At Coles, we spend time connecting with our students and listening to business leaders. This helps our faculty create curriculum that pushes our students to aspire for more than just a degree, to aspire to lead and contribute from the moment they graduate. 

    Our students have access to guest lectures, mentorship, consulting opportunities and professional development programs that increase first-year employment productivity and employer ROI by as much as 40 percent.

    Opportunities to Lead and Learn

    Through initiatives like the Hughes Leadership and Career Program, our undergraduate students are prepared to compete in today’s challenging job market.  Designed by faculty using feedback from potential employers, students are immersed in activities created to develop their leadership potential, collaboration skills and negotiation tactics to name a few. The Coles College Scholars Program Minor offers a unique opportunity for our top students to learn with a diverse cohort, take advanced business courses and collaborate on business consulting projects with external companies.

    Internships

    Experience is the key to graduating career ready students, and our internship program encourages all Coles students to gain valuable hands-on experience outside of the classroom. In the past year alone more than 50 percent of our students completed a successful internship during their academic year, totaling more than 11,000 hours of experiential learning.

    Graduate Programs

    Our nationally ranked graduate programs give business professionals the deeper knowledge and leadership skills they need to advance their career. For example, 88 percent of Executive MBA graduates cite an increase in their ability to be promoted and 94 percent report that their Coles degree increased their value within their organization.

  • We’re Listening

    Businesses are talking and Coles College is listening. We’re committed to engaging with the business community to create innovative academic programs that meet the needs of today’s employers. Whether through a customized executive education program, a research endeavor or an internship, we’re here to help move you forward. If you have a problem to solve or a partnership to explore, just reach out.

    Developing Future Talent

    When companies have a strong local pool of applicants to recruit from it strengthens their workforce and brings stability to the communities they operate in. By incorporating employer needs into our curriculum we ensure that our students are ready to meet market demands. There’s never been a better time to have a Coles graduate on your team.

    Fostering Entrepreneurship

    At Coles College we believe that entrepreneurship has the power to shape communities and fuel growth. We support entrepreneurs and small businesses through resources, education and partnerships. Learn more about the work of our Entrepreneurship Center and our Small Business Development Center.

  • Programs & Partnerships

    At Coles, we reach beyond Georgia and across the globe to create partnerships and programs that strengthen our international impact. Through consulting, faculty exchanges and conferences we collaborate with top global business thinkers. Learn more about our programs and partnerships.

    Education Abroad Opportunities

    There’s no better way to learn about a different culture than to live it. At Coles we provide many opportunities for our students to travel abroad and study alongside their global counterparts. These exchanges provide rich cultural experiences, build language skills and prepare students for today’s global business environment. Learn more about our study abroad opportunities.

  • View Student Success data for Coles College of Business below for Undergraduate and Graduate programs.

    Undergraduate

    • Accounting
    • # of Graduates
      216
    • % Employed In field Upon Graduation
      56.1
    • % Employed Out of Field Upon Graduation
      10.1
    • % Admitted To Graduate School
      6.8 
    • % Participated In Experiential Education 
      60.1 
    • (i.e. internship/co-op) 
    • Economics
    • # of Graduates 
      25
    • % Employed In Field Upon Graduation
      37.5 
    • % Employed Out of Field Upon Graduation
      8.3 
    • % Admitted To Graduate School 
    • % Participated In Experiential Education 
      50 
    • (i.e. internship/co-op) 
    • Finance
    • # of Graduates
      153
    • % Employed In Field Upon Graduation
      48.5 
    • % Employed Out of Field Upon Graduation
      22 
    • % Admitted To Graduate School 
      0.8 
    • % Participated In Experiential Education
      64.4 
    • (i.e. internship/co-op)
    • Information Systems
    • # of Graduates 
      73
    • % Employed In Field Upon Graduation
      58.2
    • % Employed Out of Field Upon Graduation
      16.4
    • % Admitted to Graduate School 
      1.8
    • % Participated in Experimental Education
      65.5
    • (i.e. internship/co-op) 
    • Information Security Assurance
    • # of Graduates
      19
    • % Employed In Field Upon Graduation
      84.6
    • % Employed Out of Field Upon Graduation
      0
    • % Admitted To Graduate School
      0
    • % Participated In Experimental Education
      61.5
    • (i.e. internship/co-op) 
    • International Business
    • # of Graduates
      48
    • % Employed In Field Upon Graduation 
      20.6
    • % Employed Out of Field Upon Graduation
      32.3
    • % Admitted To Graduate School 
      0
    • % Participated In Experiential Education 
      26.5
    • (i.e. internship/co-op)
    • Management
    • # of Graduates 
      222
    • % Employed In Field Upon Graduation
      47.3
    • % Employed Out of Field Upon Graduation 
      22.8
    • % Admitted To Graduate School 
      3.3
    • % Participated In Experiential Education
      63.6
    • (i.e. internships/co-op)
    • Marketing
    • # of Graduates
      119
    • % Employed In Field Upon Graduation
      47.9
    • % Employed Out of Field Upon Graduation
      21.9
    • % Admitted To Graduate School 
      4.2
    • % Participated In Experiential Education 
      72.9
    • (i.e. internships/co-op)
    • Professional Sales
    • # of Graduates
      22
    • % Employed In Field Upon Graduation
      61.9
    • % Employed Out of Field Upon Graduation
      4.8
    • % Admitted To Graduate School 
      0
    • % Participated In Experiential Education 
      14.3
    • (i.e. internships/co-op) 

    Graduate

    • MBA
    • % Employed After Graduation
      86
    • Average Salary Before Entering The Program
      $96,199.67
    • Average Salary After Completing The Program 
      $109,002.67
    • Types of Organizations: 
    • Publicly Traded Company 
      60%
    • Privately Held Corporation
      40%
    • Governmental Agency/ Non-Profit
      0%
    • Executive MBA
    • Received Promotion During Program
      16%
    • Changed Jobs During Program 
      41%
    • Changed Jobs and Received Promotion 
      24%
    • Average Salary Before Entering The Program 
      $96,199.67
    • Average Salary After Completing The Program 
      $109,002.67
    • Master of Accounting
    • Employed after graduation
      82%
    • Average Salary Before Entering The Program 
      $51,294
    • Average Salary After Completing The Program 
      $56,840
    • Types of Organizations:
    • Publicly Traded Company 
      11%
    • Privately Held Corporation
      18%
    • Government Agency/ Non-Profit 
      9%
    • Public Accounting Firm 
      60%
    • Other
      2%
    • Doctor of Business Administration
    • Employed After Graduation 
      100%
    • Average Salary Before Entering The Program 
      $97,200
    • Average Salary After Completing The Program
      $146,600
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