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Is Northwestern good for business?

BarrelBlasterBarrelBlaster Registered User Posts: 125 Junior Member
I want to go into business, but Northwestern does not have an undergrad business school. Is it worth applying here?

Replies to: Is Northwestern good for business?

  • NorthwesternDadNorthwesternDad Registered User Posts: 555 Member
    They have two certificates programs with Kellogg for the undergrads.
  • BarrelBlasterBarrelBlaster Registered User Posts: 125 Junior Member
    @northwesterndad thanks for you response :)

    The website says that this program is available to both the engineering and the arts school. If I want to get into this program, do you think one of these schools has an edge over the other?
  • NorthwesternDadNorthwesternDad Registered User Posts: 555 Member
    No; they go by your overall GPA and the classes you have taken (prerequisites)
  • MusktardMusktard Registered User Posts: 152 Junior Member
    Yeah Northwestern has a pretty reputable business school
  • FlamewireFlamewire Registered User Posts: 206 Junior Member
    Northwestern does not have undergrad business degrees. You can study economics or your favorite flavor of engineering or whatever other subject you want (just look on the website for a list of majors) and get a Kellogg Certificate, though. That these are looked upon highly by employers is the general consensus.

    Those are only offered to undergrads, who typically apply during their sophomore or junior year. You do NOT need to worry about those until if/when you get here, as high school coursework and such is completely irrelevant for applying for them. It doesn't matter which school you're in, as there is a certain set of prereqs you have to satisfy regardless of what school you're in or what your major is.
  • vivaciousgophervivaciousgopher Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    A lot of students at Northwestern want to go into business, so I'd say it's worth applying. Northwestern has a business minor called the "Business Institutions Program" (BIP) so you should look into that! A lot of Northwestern students are also economics minors, and as previously mentioned, there are also Kellogg certificates for undergraduates, so you should look into those as well.
  • BalaBala Registered User Posts: 491 Member
    edited December 2014
    The majority of college grads joining the business world have not majored in business. Most top school have refused to offer BBA degrees arguing them too pre-professional.

    With the exception of places like Wharton, Sloan, Stern, Haas and Ross, business undergrad degrees have long been considered the academic weaker sibling to more rigorous departments like economics, math, and engineering. The humanities and social sciences are also valued more than most realize by consulting companies and banks. I would advise anyone interested in "business" to choose a major in whatever they are most interested in pursuing in depth (yes, even "business") and make sure they have some basic exposure academically to math, stats, and business courses suited to their specific tastes (e.g. accounting, finance, marketing).

    There are a slew of undergrad opportunities at NU in business, some already mentioned. The Business Institutions Minor is the most popular minor on campus. SESP offers a major in Learning and Organizational Change. In addition to the highly valued Kellogg Certificates described, Medill also offers a certificate program in Integrated Marketing Communications - the marketing program at Kellogg is generally considered the best in the world.

    At least as important, internships are a critical component to a job app coming out of college this days. Here location matters - NU has a bounty of opportunities in Chicago and encourages school term-long FOR CREDIT programs via Chicago Field Studies:
    http://www.internships.northwestern.edu/cfs-concentrations/internships/

    A slew of major corporations, banks, ad agencies, consultancies, gov't agencies, not for profits participate in the program. It's a phenomenal way to gain experience during the school year and not have to battle impossible competition for limited slots for summer work at these same entities.
    Invaluable resume builder.
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