For those sophomores who dream of corporate ladders and corner offices, a normally laid-back syllabus week becomes days of essay-editing, interview-prepping and resume-polishing as they draft an application for UNC’s renowned Kenan-Flagler Business School.
The lead-up to the application deadline is a busy time for University Career Services as well, which held a resume workshop specifically for business school applicants Monday afternoon.
“We knew it was going to be a busier time [of year] because [the application period] would be compressed a bit,” said Jeff Sackaroff, associate director of Career Services. “So we decided to dedicate some specific hours just for the students to come in and get some drop-in help.”
The resume is just one part of the application, but Sackaroff said it’s a key component.
“They certainly have some expectations when it comes to the resume,” Sackaroff said, but mentioned that applicants must also have well-written essays and an impressive GPA.
Because Kenan-Flagler is ranked as one of the top ten programs in the nation, admissions are competitive. Sackaroff said the school often receives upward of 800 applications, competing for about 350 spots.
Sackaroff notes that many students do not get into the school. For some, this may be their first major academic obstacle. However, he said he doesn’t see admittance to the business school as a critical element of success.
“This is not going to make or break your college experience or your career,” Sackaroff said. “Employers really tend to focus not just on the major but on your interests and skills and abilities and experience.”
Sophomore Richie Adams cites the prestige of the school and the wealth of opportunity as his reasons for applying. Adams learned about the business school from his father, a Kenan-Flagler alum, and knew he wanted to apply as soon as he came to UNC.