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School’s In! GWSB Students Arrive for Fall Term

Students returned to the GW  this week for the start of fall classes.

Students returned to the GW this week for the start of fall classes.

The 2013-14 academic year got underway Tuesday at GWSB, with fall classes starting for thousands of students in master of business administration, specialized master’s and undergraduate programs.

University-wide, GW kicked off the academic year over the weekend, and more than 40 events are planned over the next week and a half to welcome students, help them connect with one another, and introduce them to life at GW and in Washington, D.C.

One of the biggest GW welcoming events is Fall Fest, scheduled for 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sat., Aug. 31, and featuring live music and free food at the University Yard.

Other events spotlight GW programs, such as the sustainability open house, from 3 to 5 p.m., Aug. 30, in Room 310 of the Marvin Center. It will feature information for students on the University’s sustainability initiatives, including the sustainability minor – started last fall – and research and service learning opportunities.

For a complete schedule of GW “Welcome Week” events, go here.

At GWSB, orientation sessions for graduate programs began earlier this month. Students in the master of science in information systems technology (MSIST) and master of tourism administration (MTA) programs were welcomed at orientation and information sessions held last week in Duquès Hall.GWFungerSign

For students in the School’s fulltime global MBA program, a program of orientation activities known as “MBA Institute” began on Aug. 9. Orientation sessions for students in other MBA programs, including accelerated, healthcare and professional tracks, were scheduled at different points throughout August.

For global MBA students, the Institute’s orientation program went beyond guiding students through the School, curriculum and academic issues such as what to expect from quantitative analysis.

Panels and experts were also convened on broader topics, such as insights into business trends in Africa and the Middle East, ethics in the classroom and writing effective resumes. Students got off-campus with a visit to key institutions in Washington, D.C.

Throughout the numerous degree programs offered at the School, students represent diverse interests and backgrounds, coming from the United States and overseas and bringing different academic and professional experiences and perspectives to their GWSB study.

For example, members of the MTA Class of 2015 hail from six countries on five continents and speak 12 languages. They include students who have taught English in Ulan Bator, Mongolia; worked for major companies such as Target Corp.; circumnavigated the globe; received financial and leadership training at the World Bank; and developed small-scale, sustainable tourism in Costa Rica.

For undergraduates, the 2013-14 academic year marks the first time that students are eligible to pursue a new bachelor of science degree, majoring in finance. The degree requires a double major outside of the School.

The vast majority of undergraduates who major in business pursue a bachelor of business administration (BBA). Other majors include finance; international business; marketing; sport, event and hospitality management; business, economics and public policy; accountancy and information systems and technology management.

Posted by gwsb on August 27, 2013 | Filed under: GWSB News.

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