Business grads achieve 97 percent overall placement rate

Students graduating from Louisiana Tech University’s College of Business during the 2020-21 academic year achieved a record 97 percent overall placement rate within six months post-grad.

Data collected by the College’s Office of Student Services includes undergraduate, Master of Business Administration (MBA), and Master of Accountancy (MAcc) students who earned degrees for the Fall 2020, Winter 2020-21, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021 quarters.

“The fantastic placements of our recent graduates are a strong indicator that our market-responsive curriculum is preparing innovative and ethical leaders for success in today’s rapidly changing business environment,” said Dr. Chris Martin, Dean of the College of Business. “Additionally, we offer numerous opportunities for students to hone their career readiness skills through workshops, networking sessions, and employer receptions.”

Specific placement rates six months post-graduation are as follows:

  • Undergraduate: 96 percent
  • MBA: 100 percent
  • MAcc: 100 percent

Many students secured jobs or admission to graduate school prior to graduation, including 100 percent of MAcc students, 81 percent of MBA students, and 64 percent of undergraduates. Students in the College were hired by 178 unique employers across the U.S. including Amazon, Graphic Packaging International, the FDIC, Enterprise Products Partners, IBM, Lumen Technologies, Origin Bank, KPMG, RoyOMartin, and Salesforce.

“Our alumni and employer partners play a critical role in helping our students obtain jobs,” said Jessica George, Executive Director of Student Services and Placement in the College of Business. “I’m grateful for their support of our career readiness efforts—from mentorships and facilitating connections to speaking at our events and reviewing resumes. Our alumni and friends open doors that impact our students’ success each day.”

The College hosts annual events focused on career preparation including Career and Student Success Week, Speed Interviewing Workshop, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace Forum, and two Employer Receptions. Additionally, each College of Business student is required to take BUSN 320, a career preparation seminar course that supports all aspects of professional development.

“Inside and outside of the classroom, we work to ensure our students graduate with the skills needed to be successful business leaders,” said Martin. “We accomplish this through innovative academics and co-curricular programing that complements what is being taught in the classroom. These programs focus on our core themes of technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship, and provide a platform for high-level executives to share their insight and career advice with students. We look forward to having these new grads come back as they grow in their own careers and speak to future students.”

The College’s placement rate is calculated using the number of students who are employed, continuing their education, serving in the military or public service, or not seeking employment within of six months of graduation. Students seeking employment outside of the U.S. are removed from the data. The 2020-21 placement rate is based on the known career outcomes of 251 undergraduates, 17 MAcc students, and 108 MBA students.

For more information on student success and placement in the College of Business, visit business.latech.edu/student-success.


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