Why Join the Pamplin Undergraduate Program?
Virginia Tech's Pamplin College of Business places great emphasis on its undergraduate program. The best faculty teach in the program, and many also serve as advisors for student organizations affiliated with the college. The college and the university also provide significant resources to assist students with undergraduate academic advising and placement activities. The Pamplin College of Business's undergraduate program has been consistently ranked in the top 50 by U.S. News and World Report. It was ranked 39th in the 2015 report (23rd among public universities).
Why Choose the Finance Program?
The Finance program is one of the strongest undergraduate programs in the Pamplin College of Business. It is also the largest, graduating over 300 students per year (including double majors). Students continue to choose finance as their major of choice as they learn more about the faculty, training, and placement opportunities that the finance program provides.
The Finance Department's faculty are internationally recognized experts in their respective fields. Their ongoing research allows the faculty to bring the latest concepts and ideas into the classroom. In addition, many of the faculty members have significant real world experience that enables them to connect finance theory with its practical applications, discuss current events with useful insights, and provide students with relevant career advice.
Finance majors consistently have one of the highest placement rates (approximately 80%) and median starting salaries ($56,700 in 2014) among the majors in the Pamplin College of Business. Over 100 companies and government agencies came to Virginia Tech's campus last year to recruit finance majors, including major corporations, financial institutions, consulting firms and government agencies. A list of them is provided HERE.
Virginia Tech's finance majors enter a wide range of finance career paths, including corporate finance, financial planning, wealth management, commercial banking, investment banking, insurance, real estate and consulting. Our finance majors are also hired by a number of agencies of the governments of Virginia and the United States. For a more detailed description of the career paths available to finance majors, please visit our Careers in Finance webpage.
The Finance Department's undergraduate core curriculum provides its students with finance and accounting knowledge and skills that they can apply to a broad range of finance careers. Once students have finished the core curriculum's requirements, they can then choose from six different tracks offered by the department: Corporate Financial Management, Investment Management/CFA, Financial Services Management, Financial Accounting, Certified Financial Planner, and General Finance. These tracks provide students with advanced, specialized coursework that is designed to help them to gain employment and succeed in their desired fields.
Outside of class, the Finance Department's students also have to opportunity to join and participate in a number of student organizations that provide additional experiential learning opportunities. A number of the department's most senior faculty members work with these organizations as faculty advisors. Examples include BASIS and SEED, two groups that each manage $5 million investment funds, and the Financial Planning Association, a professional group for students interested in careers involving financial services for individuals. Additional information about these and other student organizations is provided HERE.
Finance students also have access to a large number of internship opportunities with dozens of employers that recruit at Virginia Tech. Most internship opportunities are for students who have finished their junior year, but some are available for sophomores. Students can also participate in the university's Cooperative Education Program, in which students work for a company for a semester or more during the school year. In addition, students can expand their learning by participating in undergraduate research and independent study projects with the department's faculty members.