Excellence in Academics
Prepare for your career in accounting, entrepreneurship, information systems, finance, management, marketing, or supply chain management with a world-class education in a personal environment.
Fewer than 10% of all colleges and schools of business world-wide have the distinction of being accredited by AACSB International. Having that mark of excellence proves that the Rankin College of Business at SAU provides a world-class education where the best faculty assures the most current curriculum.
Small class sizes and a low student-to-teacher ratio ensure a personal environment in which students have access to their professors and the ability to take advantage of all the opportunities available. Inside and outside the classroom, the faculty go above and beyond—providing personal guidance, mentorship, and interaction—to help students succeed. Seven faculty members hold endowed professorships—a testimony to the quality and reputation of the college and its faculty.
The college offers quality opportunities like internships, business visits in major cities, nationally-competitive student organizations, and a study abroad program. The small school size means more of our students can take advantage of these opportunities.
The MBA program at SAU allows you to take the next step toward your success. A rigorous curriculum and real-world projects prepare students for management positions in an ever-changing global environment.
Excellence in Activities
Business students at SAU are leaders in campus, community, and national activities, participating in events that have included national conferences and competitions, the student government association, community service activities, as well as involvement in a wide variety of annual campus activities like Homecoming, Family Day, Fall Fest, and Spring Fling.
Since 1971, Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) members have won more than 1,300 state awards and 300 national awards. Over 60 members have held state officer positions, and five have served as national officers.
Career preparation programs like The Executive Network, Backpack to Briefcase, and the Executive in Residence program bring local, national, and internationally recognized leaders to campus to share their experiences with students. These professionals provide advice and knowledge that exceeds what the classroom experience provides.
Students at the College of Business have traveled across the U.S. for conferences, competitions, and business field trips to New York City, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Chicago, Dallas, New Orleans, and Los Angeles, just to name a few. Study abroad scholarship provide opportunities for students to learn about international business first hand.
Through collaborative work with the Arkansas Small Business Technology and Development Center (ASBTDC) and other professional connections of our faculty, student have the opportunity to work on real-world projects with business professionals and the organizations they lead. In the last 5 years, approximately 200 students worked with over 40 businesses to conduct market research, integrated marketing campaigns, social media campaigns, risk assessments, human resources management activities, and other projects.