Dillard University is a historically black private university that offers high-quality business degrees through the ACBSP-accredited College of Business. DU placed among the Best Colleges by U.S. News and World Report for 2020 and among top liberal arts universities by Washington Monthly in 2019. Another accomplishment of the COB is out-scoring peer HBCU institutions on the Peregrine Exam consistently since 2017. The three core values of the COB are professional competency, ethical awareness, and social consciousness. The COB consists of the School of Business Administration and the School of Accounting and Financial Economics. More than one-third of DU’s valedictorians and salutatorians are derived from the COB. It’s no surprise that graduates attain successful careers with Chase Bank, Deloitte Touche, ExxonMobil, and Wells Fargo.
Students enter the Bachelor of Science degree program as bright-eyed freshmen and emerge as strategic leaders prepared for 21st-century business careers. Undergraduate majors include Accounting, Financial Economics, and Business Administration. Students studying Business Administration will select a concentration in International Business, Management, or Marketing. Programs focus on career-relevant skills, such as analyzing financial statements of organizations, applying investment concepts, recommending ethical solutions to challenges in the global market, pursuing entrepreneurial opportunities, and delivering business presentations. The COB recently received funding to establish Finance and Investment Labs.
The COB is a tight-knit community of just under 200 students. Students can get started on the right foot by attending the five-week Emerging Scholars program the summer before starting their freshman year. Once the school year starts, there are many support services in place to position students for a bright future.
Being situated in New Orleans affords students the opportunity to intern with corporations such as Citigroup, BET Networks, Goldman Sachs, and Whitney Bank. Prominent African American leaders also carve out time to visit the students each year on “Leadership Day.” This event is hosted in collaboration with the Synchrony Financial African American Diversity Network. Students have the opportunity to compete in business plan competitions, such as the Allen Entrepreneurial Institute in Georgia, where four students won first place awards in 2018. Another student took first place in the 2018 elevator pitch competition at the ACBSP Regional Annual Conference. Professors take an active role in student learning outside of the classroom as well. They have traveled with students to the National Association of Black Accountants Western Regional Conference and the National Sales Network Student Sales & Marketing Conference.
Business students are provided funding on a competitive basis to study abroad in Ghana during the summer while learning about the economy and helping the natives start small businesses to support their villages. Locally, students have visited the Port of New Orleans and the U.S. Customs and Department of Commerce.
Committed faculty ensure students never feel alone in their online journey to success. All of the business programs can be conveniently accessed from the students’ homes. Students will be challenged with research papers, PowerPoint presentations, reading assignments, and discussion board posts.