Recruiters Rank Smith School
Accounting Program No. 7
University of Maryland
Ranks No. 8, According to Wall Street Journal Survey
College Park, Md. -- Sept. 14, 2010 -- The University of
Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is a favored source for accounting
hires, according to a Wall Street Journal survey of recruiting
executives released yesterday. Participants were asked to rank schools that
produced the best-qualified graduates for their industries, overall and by
major. Recruiters ranked the Smith School No. 7 for accounting and No. 21 for
business. The University of Maryland as a whole ranked No. 8 on the survey.
“Our accounting department has a history going back six decades of building
strong relationships with the top accounting firms, corporations and government
agencies,” said Martin Loeb, department chair of the
accounting and information assurance department at the Robert H. Smith
School of Business. “Recruiters routinely say that our accounting grads excel in
their organizations and our alumni include top executives and business leaders.”
The Smith School has undergraduate majors in accounting, finance, general
business, information systems, international business, supply chain management,
marketing, and operations management.
The Wall Street Journal report finds recruiters are spending more
time at fewer university campuses, choosing to focus on research institutions
where their companies can form mutually beneficial relationships with faculty
and students. Research partnerships provide additional exposure for the company
on campus and allow the company early access to students when it comes time to
hire for internships or full-time positions. State schools offer a large pool of
graduates and a focus on teaching practical skills, providing one-stop shopping
for top corporate recruiters, reports the Wall Street Journal.
According to the Wall Street Journal's ranking methodology, “We
wanted to identify the schools that are most likely to help students land a job
in key careers and professions -- areas that are growing, pay well and offer
high levels of satisfaction.”
The Wall Street Journal report is based on a survey of 842
recruiters for the nation’s largest public and private companies, nonprofits and
federal agencies; 479 recruiters completed the survey, a response rate of 49
percent. As a group, the survey participants hired more than 43,000 graduates
last year. Participants ranked the schools at which they recruited, overall and
by major. Majors rankings were weighted by the number of graduates each company
hired in that specific major.
The complete rankings can be found online
About the University of Maryland’s Robert H.
Smith School of Business
The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader
in management education and research. One of 13 colleges and schools at the
University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate,
full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, executive MS, PhD and executive
education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The
school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning
locations in North America and Asia.