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Undergraduate Business Administration Program welcomes largest class to date

Increased enrollment numbers include more women and international students

With the addition of new academic programs and the opening of the Tepper Quad on the horizon, class growth has been a key goal for the Tepper School’s Undergraduate Business Administration Program.

This fall the school welcomed 146 new Undergraduate Business Administration students — right on target for this objective.

“The Tepper School is thrilled to welcome our incoming freshmen. This year we welcomed our largest freshmen class ever of 146 students,” said Burton Hollifield, head of the Undergraduate Business Administration Program.

The students were greeted with a whirlwind week during Orientation, with activities ranging from a welcome session for the students and their families on move-in day, advising sessions with their academic advisors, and Academic Day, which featured a welcome from Dean Robert Dammon.

But the highlight of Orientation was the Downtown Adventure, which was designed to help students become more familiar with their new home city and encourage them to explore and enjoy the many amenities that Pittsburgh has to offer. For the first time this year, the Downtown Adventure included a reception at PNC Financial Services’ new downtown tower, where students had the opportunity to hear welcome remarks from Justin Krauss, MBA ’09, and mingle with Tepper School alumni during a reception.

“During orientation week, our incoming students visited one of the nation’s leading financial institutions on the 28th floor of their brand new high-rise tower and got a magnificent view of their future,” Hollifield said.

The class brought in students from a variety of backgrounds, with 45 percent incoming female students (up from 40 percent in 2015) and 16 percent international students, also an increase from last year. Read on for additional information about the class profile.UBA Orientation jpg

  • Seven countries represented: Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and United States
  • 20 U.S. states represented: Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington
  • Average SAT score on the math section: 746 (39 students received a perfect score of 800)
  • Average SAT score on the verbal section: 678 (nine students received a perfect score of 800)
  • Average SAT score on the writing section: 701 (13 students received a perfect score of 800)
  • Five students earned a perfect score of 1,600 on the SAT’s math and verbal sections
  • Two students earned a perfect score of 2,400 on the SAT’s math, verbal and writing sections