Several hundred new graduate students are soaking in the Wake Forest University Schools of Business experience and getting to know fellow classmates and faculty.
Classes started for the School’s Full-time MBA, Winston-Salem and Charlotte Evening Working Professionals MBA, and Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) programs on Aug. 26. The Master of Arts in Management (MA) began in July.
Seven of the incoming MBA students came directly from the military, including Bridget and Jon Wilson, who met as platoon leaders while deployed in Iraq. Bridget (left) is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and Jon is a Vanderbilt graduate. Both served more than five years as engineer officers in the Army.
“The family environment and support systems here are unbeatable. We are both excited to dive immediately into our studies,” Jon Wilson (right) said. “It is enthralling to return to an academic environment and mentally challenge ourselves, hopefully making some good friends along the way.”
The MA program reached record numbers this year with 96 students from 62 different undergraduate institutions. This was also the first year the program enrolled international students, who are citizens of Sierre Leone, Uganda, Zimbabwe, China and Vietnam.
The incoming MSA program totals 87 students. The students are from 33 different undergraduate schools, including 35 students who graduated from Wake Forest University. Seven percent are international students.
The 79 incoming Working Professional students in the Winston-Salem and Charlotte MBA programs represent more than 60 companies from across North Carolina, including BB&T, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, PepsiCo., Boeing Co., SPEED Channel, and R.J. Reynolds.
Of the incoming students in all of the programs combined, 37% are female students, and 25% are traditionally underrepresented groups - up from 21% from last year.