10 Reasons to be a COB Blugold

| Gretchen Hutterli

The facts speak for themselves. Here are 10 reasons why you should become a Business Blugold.  Learn how we prepare business students for success at UW-Eau Claire.


We are highly employable.
  • 99% of recent COB grads were employed or continuing their education according to the UW-Eau Claire Class of 2017 First Destination Report, the university's most recent employment survey.

We are technically savvy.
  • 1,579 students have experienced SAP, an enterprise-wide business application software, in the curriculum during the 2017-18 academic year. Because most Fortune 500 companies use SAP, our students have greater employment options.

We are engaged.

Our students are active in business organizations, Student Senate and other university groups on campus.

  • 91.3 of our graduating seniors report having participated in at least one high impact learning experience during their college career.

  • 77% have completed at least one internship or practicum.

  • 50% have completed an applied class project for a community organization.

  • 25% have attended a professional conference or workshop off campus.

We explore the world.
  • 22% of our graduating seniors report that they have studied abroad. The most popular programs are in England, Australia, China, and India.

We are great communicators.
  • 94.3% of our alums felt well prepared to speak or present ideas effectively. 94.1% felt well prepared to write effectively.

We can hold our own with some of the best.
  • 84.9% of our health care administration graduates passed the Nursing Home Administrator Exam. The national pass rate was 62%.

  • 84% of our HR majors passed the Spring 2018 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Certified Professional exam, which is about 15% higher than the national average. 

  • Our sales team has finished in the Top 10 at the National Collegiate Sales Competition 9 times since 2003, the first year we attend the competition.

  • Our accounting team took 1st place at the 2017 Minneapolis Audit Case Competition hosted by Deloitte.
  • Our finance case team placed 1st and 3rd at the 2018 Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Challenge held in Madison, WI. The 1st place team advanced to the Americas Regional Final in Boston, MA, March 19-20, where they went up against teams from 55 universities from across the United States, Canada, and Latin America.
We are leaders.
  • Our APICS chapter has been recognized nationally as a Platinum Circle Chapter 13 times.

  • Our American Marketing Association chapter has been named a Top 10 Chapter in North America 10 times since 2009.

  • 66% of our graduating seniors belonged to at least one UWEC student organization. 30% have held a leadership position.

  • 93.3% of our alums felt their undergrad experience prepared them to assume a leadership role.

Our programs maintain the highest quality standards.
  • We have been accredited by AACSB International since 1980.

  • Our health care administration program has been accredited since 2005 by the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards. Only 13 HCAD programs in the country are NAB accredited.

We are serious about academic advising.
  • 72.1% of our alums were very satisfied/satisfied with the advising they received in the College of Business.

We are proud to be Business Blugolds.
  • 93% would choose to attend UWEC again.

  • 93% rate the value of their UWEC education as equal to or exceeding their expectations, given the cost of education and their investment of time and effort.

  • 93.3% were very satisfied/satisfied with the courses in their major.

  • 95.3% were very satisfied/satisfied with their ability to access faculty who teach these courses.