Raymond A. Mason School of Business is One of the Top Undergraduate Business Schools to Watch

William & Mary’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business (Mason) receives high praise in a new list of undergraduate business schools to watch in 2018.

Poets & Quants for Undergrads, a website offering news and advice for current and prospective undergraduate business students, lists Mason as one of 10 U.S. business schools worthy of attention.

“Which business schools are making the investments that will boost future opportunities for their graduates? Which data slivers reveal a program on the move? Each year, Poets & Quants looks at 10 undergraduate business programs that are setting themselves apart—and why,” the story says. “Which schools are poised to break out? Which ones continue to act as role models?”

The Mason School gets high points from Poets & Quants for giving students the freedom to personally shape their business educations.

“How is this for a twist on the traditional education model? At Mason, students are trusted,” the story says. “They decide what they want to do. Sure, they’re required to choose a major from five areas. Beyond that, how they spend their time is up to them. Think of the Mason curriculum as a buffet—a have-it-your-way customized offering. Students can add a semester abroad or an internship to their plate … or not. It’s their call. Here, students have control of what’s important and what they want. Hence, you have the school motto: ‘You’re not one-dimensional, so why should your education be?’”

The story notes that Mason received high ranking from alumni (9.7 on a 10-point scale) and employers (9.5) as well as for its faculty (9.26). The faculty ranking was “one of the highest among undergraduate business schools,” according to the story.

When it comes to preparing students for the business world, Poets & Quants highlights The Simulation, a week-long online exercise in which students walk through the steps of launching and maintaining a business.

“Working in four-to-five member teams that compete against each other, The Simulation pulls everything together that students learn during their first semester, such as choosing pricing, framing ads and choosing employee benefits,” the story reports. “Afterwards, students author an annual company report and present it to actual executives.”

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