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Dean's Welcome

“It is my pleasure to welcome you on behalf of the John Cook School of Business.”


scott-safranski-webWelcome to the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University! I never cease to be amazed at the number of opportunities—both inside and outside the classroom—that the Cook School offers to our students. You can major in virtually any area of business from more traditional programs such as accounting to newer ones in fields such as sports management. We boast nationally ranked programs in entrepreneurship, international business, and supply chain management (all top 20 programs in the 2014 U.S. News and World Reports rankings) and our MBA is in the top 100 of several hundred in the ranking.

Our facilities are modern and regularly updated. As examples, this year we have completely renovated the computer labs in the business buildings to add collaboration space and electronic conferencing areas, we have enhanced the wireless network throughout our facilities, and classroom technology is also being upgraded this year). In our classrooms you will be taught by Ph.D. qualified, full-time faculty who are leaders in their fields. You will meet and interact with business leaders from throughout the St. Louis region—many of whom are alumni and continue to serve the school as co-teachers, speakers, executives-in-residence, and on our numerous business advisory boards.

These robust connections with the business community also offer you the opportunity to work in numerous internships that are closely tied to your professional interests, internships that often lead to career jobs upon graduation. Real world experience can be obtained in classes on the stock market where students have the opportunity to invest University funds; funds are also made available through the Billiken Angel Network for students and alumni to invest in new ventures. There is also a full-service Career Resources Center in the Cook School dedicated to assisting our students with career counseling and job searches.

Outside the classroom there are a host of clubs that students can join that offer opportunities for professional networking and practicing leadership. Several events each year bring nationally and internationally known speakers to campus. An award winning recreation center, club sports, student government, theater and arts, and many social events at the University build a vibrant campus community.

In the Cook School we also live our values through the Service Leadership Program, one of the first in the country, and events such as our annual service day and “Business Week.” Spring Break service trips offer the opportunity for students to serve at sites across the nation and globally. And speaking of global, the University offers students the opportunity to study at several sites overseas and, notably, on our own campus in Madrid, Spain where courses are offered in both English and Spanish by faculty who carry the same qualifications as those at our St. Louis campus. At either campus you will work with students from around the world and with staff and faculty who share the Saint Louis University vision of being women and men for others.

Finally, and perhaps most important, in the John Cook School of Business you will get to work and socialize with some of the finest students in the country and will form lifelong friendships. You will also make connections with faculty that you will maintain long after you graduate.

If you visit campus or look through this website you will hear and see lots of testimony about the impressive profiles of our students, and our students’ credentials—both as learners and in service work—grow more impressive every year. But I think the best proof I can offer is the testimony of our own faculty. I can’t tell you how many times my colleagues have talked to me about how much they enjoy teaching and the very high quality of those who come to Saint Louis University—as students, as professionals, and as caring people who are passionate about their future and the mark they will make in our world. I hope you will get some feeling for this as you browse our site, read about our students and hear their stories in their blogs and videos.

 

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Scott R. Safranski, Ph.D.

Interim Dean of the John Cook School of Business

Saint Louis University