The Whitman Difference
An undergraduate education at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management is about far more than traditional academic preparation. We offer unique opportunities for you in and out of the classroom that build a rich, individualized educational experience full of real world preparation and success.
Admitted as a freshman, you’ll take two business courses your first year. Seven additional business courses your sophomore year expose the major areas of business early in your program, allowing you to declare your major(s) at the end of sophomore year. The majority of our students take advantage of this flexibility in their junior and senior years to pursue a double major at Whitman, or a major or minor in another school on campus. During senior year, you’ll complete a Capstone Business Plan course, in which you develop unique business ideas and present a business plan to a panel of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and faculty.
Career Preparation and Placement
Student career development is our focus, and we provide a fully-dedicated Career Center to shape career exploration, preparation and success. In addition to career coaching, the Whitman Career Center offers campus recruiting activities, career fairs, workshops, practice interviews, resume critiques, and alumni mentoring. We require students to complete an internship to help advance their knowledge and preparation, and many will actually complete two or three.
84% of our May 2013 graduates who wanted a job were employed at graduation, with an average starting salary of $52,102. The top hiring corporations were Accenture, BAE Systems, Casestack, Citigroup, Deloitte, Dick's Sporting Goods, Ernst & Young LLP, General Electric, Goldman Sachs, IBM, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Kohl’s Department Stores, KPMG LLP, Macy’s, Inc., PwC, Ross Stores, Rothstein Kass, and Unilever.
You prepare for the global business world through courses and/or global experience. In fact, half of our students complete their global perspective requirement with a semester overseas through SUAbroad, one of the largest international programs in the U.S. with eight SU centers around the world and 50 world partners.
The new Goodman IMPRESS program launched in 2014 is designed to provide all Whitman undergraduates with the skills and experiences employers seek including leadership, communications, certifications, global context and industry exploration. All incoming students are placed in one of four “houses” where they experience healthy competition as they develop their extracurricular skills, under the direction of four committed and excellent House Masters who teach the introductory business course, and serve as their first Faculty Mentor, along with outstanding sophomore/junior Peer Facilitators.
A Whitman education extends well outside the classroom walls. We provide many unique opportunities that broaden your learning, open doors, and give you a competitive edge.
- The Orange Value Fund, a $8 million student-managed hedge fund
- The Couri “Hatchery,” an incubation center for 65 student business start-ups
- Career Exploration trips to employers, including JP Morgan Chase, Macy’s, Apple, PepsiCo., Turner Broadcasting, and Pratt & Whitney.
- Executive Speakers, an opportunity to learn from those who have had outstanding success within their industry. Recent speakers have included leaders from Goldman Sachs, Google, IBM, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Macy’s, PepsiCo, and Turner Broadcasting System.
- Demonstrated leadership through participation in Whitman’s 14 student clubs.
- Designation as a Goodman Leadership Fellow or a Sustainability Fellow.