University of Colorado-Boulder Leeds School of Business
With our home base in Denver,  I meet a lot of MBA candidates who are considering our local business schools.  So I was pleased for the chance to talk with Jen Smith, head of admissions at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado – Boulder, to gain insight into the unique aspects of this MBA program.

Did you know:

      • CU Leeds is known for its outstanding program in corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability.  With a dual degree option in environmental studies, and a strong partnership with nearby organizations like the National Renewable Energy Lab, this track is one of the primary draws—and a popular elective set among students of all disciplines.
      • Among Leeds’ other strengths are its finance and entrepreneurship programs.  This year, a team of Leeds students won the premier International Venture Capital International Competition (VCIC), beating out finalist teams including Wharton, Michigan, Berkeley, Cornell, and Oxford.  Since 2000, Leeds teams have won eight VCIC regional competitions and placed in the top four in the international finals.
      • For those pursing a marketing career, particularly in natural/organic consumer products, Leeds is the place to be.  With a strong marketing faculty, and the mecca of natural products companies in its backyard, Leeds offers students an unmatched ability to gain hands-on experience in the field.
      • Another key draw is for those interested in the outdoor industry.  Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, CU has close ties with companies like Vail Resorts and Coleman and offers ample opportunity to work (and play) outdoors.
      • Leeds’ career center plays a very active role in forging connections with its many, many local alumni and the greater business community. One new addition is the Mentorship Program, which matches students one-on-one with an industry mentor with whom they’d want to work.
      • Leeds also welcomes a brand new Dean, David Ikenberry, from the University of Illinois, whose long term vision includes enhancing the program’s global experience opportunities.
      • CU Leeds has a highly collaborative culture, with team projects a large part of the curriculum.  Its small class size and relaxed atmosphere are conducive to an extremely supportive environment, where Leeds’ phenomenal students truly help one another succeed.

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© Hillary Schubach  May 22, 2012  10:04am MT