Business School Quick Facts

The School of Business is a dynamic learning environment where students interact with faculty and staff to imagine how their future might look and then work toward achieving it. The following sections provide a brief overview of the School, the faculty and staff, and the many opportunities students have to engage in making Change for Good, for themselves, their communities, and the world.

Student Enrollment at a Glance

Southern is proud of its access mission; and, the School of Business is likewise committed to inclusion while preparing the next generation of business persons. The following charts tell the School’s story of enrollment, retention, and graduation rates. It also provides demographic information.
    

School of Business Enrollment 
Academic Years 2016-17 through 2020-21 
Undergraduate and Graduate Programs 

Academic Year 

Level 

Fall Enrollment 

Spring Enrollment 

2016-17 

GR 

175 

154 

UG 

1117 

1060 

Total 

1292 

1214 

2017-18 

GR 

145 

1102 

UG 

1131 

131 

Total 

1276 

1233 

2018-19 

GR 

122 

105 

UG 

1185 

1096 

Total  

1307 

1201 

2019-20 

GR 

112 

108 

UG 

1098 

1024 

Total  

1210 

1132 

2020-21 

GR 

104 

98 

UG 

1104 

1010 

Total  

1208 

1108 

Fall 2019 Enrollment Demographics

Graph of the Fall 2019 enrollment data

Graphic provided by iPEDs
    

Retention and Graduation Rates 
University and School of Business Totals 
First-Time, Full-Time, Bachelor-Degree Seeking Cohorts 

 

School of Business 

University Total 

Academic Year 

Retention 

4 Yr Grad 

6 Yr Grad 

Retention 

4 Yr Grad 

6 Yr Grad 

2016-17 

74% 

21% 

41% 

77% 

23% 

52% 

2017-18 

79% 

28% 

50% 

78% 

28% 

49% 

2018-19 

78% 

32% 

43% 

72% 

30% 

51% 

2019-20 

70% 

26% 

45% 

73% 

29% 

52% 

2020-21 

73% 

29% 

53% 

77% 

31% 

51% 

 

 

First-Generation Freshmen Students at SCSU (2015 through 2020) 

Year 

First Gen/Total Enrollment 

*Percent 

2015-2016 

923/1319 

70% 

2016-2017 

976/1386 

70% 

2017-2018 

925/1333 

69% 

2018-2019 

760/1268 

60% 

2019-2020 

904/1516 

60% 

2020-2021 

N/S 

Not Reported Due to Covid 

 

 

Program Type 
(B.S., BBA, MBA, etc.) 

Location(s) Offered 

Number degrees conferred 

B.S. Business Administration   

New Haven, CT 

200 

MBA  

New Haven, CT 

27 

Career Placement

Graduates from the School of Business find employment at varying rates. Some have jobs upon graduation, some have positions lined up even before graduation, but the majority find meaningful employment within three months. The following gives a snapshot of what happens after Business students earn their diplomas.

  • 85% of alumni remain in Connecticut, where they build lives and careers, as well as contribute to the economic and cultural vitality of the state 
  • Modal starting salary (reported in ranges) for Business graduates (2020) was $40K-$49,999 
  • Mean starting salary (reported in ranges) for our graduates (2020) was $40K-$59,999 
  • 52% of alums who took the CPA in Connecticut passed the exam. This pass rate puts the SCSU School of Business in the top five Schools of Business.

Educational Travel Opportunities

The School of Business believes in the importance of travel as a part of students’ educations. Whether a study takes advantage of a study abroad opportunity or an opportunity to learn in the US, learning away from home base provides educational enrichment. A sample of recent students’ educational trips include the following:

  • Santa Fe, New Mexico – to support the creation of the State of Connecticut’s first student chapter of the Conscious Capitalism organization 
  • Boston, Massachusetts – to support the School’s Treasury Management Certificate program, the only one of its type in New England 
  • Europe (multiple countries) -- to support study at the international conference for Designing Innovative Pedagogy for Complex Accountancy Topics (DIPCAT) 
  • Japan (multiple cities) -- to support foreign exchange and short-term study during spring break of 2017 and 2018, hosted by an SCOB alumnus 
  • Morocco (Marrakesh and other locations) -- to support participation in World Merit 2019 and engage in work in collaboration with the United Nations’ Sustainable Goals for Economic Development 

Learning Outside the Classroom

“Co-curricular learning” refers to learning that happens outside of the classroom.  Our students have multiple opportunities to engage in co-curricular learning, opportunities that often leads to jobs. Internships are a good example of co-curricular learning. Examples of exclusive internship programs the School has developed include Webster Bank (in Treasury Management), Yale New Haven Hospital SystemModern Plastics and the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce.  Another exclusive program is IMPACT Greater New Haven. Yet another of the School’s exclusive relationships is the one with Webster Bank which, together with the School provides a class and an internship in treasury management, and an opportunity to take a certifying exam in the field. As of 2020, six students completed the internship, passed the test, and had been offered full-time positions.

 

Student Internship Program Academic Years 2016-2017 Through 2020-2021

  

2016-2017 

2017-2018 

2018-2019 

2019-2020 

2020-2021 

TOTAL 

For Credit 

20 

15 

33 

27 

27 

122 

No Credit 

 

 

43 

34 

85 

TOTAL 

20 

15 

76 

61 

*35 

207 

*Yale and other for-credit internships are not included in these numbers. 

 

Student Debt at Graduation

Data to come

Well-Qualified Faculty

Unlike at many larger institutions, graduate students do not teach Business School classes. Rather, well-qualified faculty, most of whom have doctorates and many of whom have industry experience, teach all classes in the School. Full-time professors teach the majority of the School’s courses, which is a benefit that many students at other institutions do not have.

Faculty2019-2020  

Disciplines  

Full-Time  

Part-Time  

Total  

Doctoral 

Master’s 

Bachelor’s 

Doctoral 

Master’s 

Bachelor’s 

Accounting  

 0 

12 

BIS   

Economics  

10 

Finance

Management   

13 

 0 

 0 

21 

Marketing  

10 

 0 

15 

Total  

  

  

  

 

 

 

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