The College of Business Administration provides undergraduate academic programs that instill leadership skills in our graduates. The objectives are to (1) promote critical and independent thinking, (2) foster personal responsibility, and (3) develop students whose performance and commitment mark them as leaders who will contribute to the business community and society.
The University of Rhode Island's business programs are accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Detailed information concerning each major is given in the Undergraduate Bulletin. All first-year students are enrolled in University College, which offers a broad range of advising services. Since all students interested in business studies follow a similar program for the first two years, a major is often selected in the junior year.
All students need to earn a 2.7 GPA in these 6 core classes and a 2.5 cumulative GPA to maintain their status in the College of Business Administration.
An important part of the undergraduate experience is getting involved with professional organizations. The University of Rhode Island College of Business Administration provides students with access to the following organizations:
All of these organizations, except the honor societies, welcome students regardless of their major or year in school.
The "Ram Fund", the University of Rhode Island's Student Managed Investment Fund, is an equity portfolio managed entirely by selected students at the University of Rhode Island. Students have an opportunity to engage in real-life portfolio management. This was made possible thanks to an initial investment of $100,000 by the University of Rhode Island Alumni Association. The purpose of the fund is to obtain long-term competitive rates of return for its investors, and to enhance the educational and professional experiences of the students enrolled in the program. This is a for-credit course, BUS 422, which can be used as a liberal elective in the curriculum.