The Cameron School of Business is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) . This accreditation places us in the top 30% of business education programs.
About the Cameron School of Business
The business world is transforming itself from the industrial age into the information age. Business education at the Cameron School of Business is focused on the technical, analytical and interpersonal skills students will need to lead this fundamental change in the business world through the 21st century.
Through excellence in teaching, scholarship, service and executive involvement, the Cameron School of Business provides students with the skills, knowledge and practice to think critically and act responsibly in meeting global challenges.
The school achieves a leading position among regional public universities through:
- teaching and faculty responsiveness to student needs
- interaction between students and business leaders
- quality scholarship regarding business theory and practical application
- selected programs that achieve national reputations
- responsivesness to the region, including scholarship and service
Young but Fully Accredited
Although UNCW was established in 1947, the first bachelors degrees were not
awarded until the mid 1960's. In 1979, the Department of Business and
Economics became the Cameron School of Business. You will find that we are not steeped in traditions;
rather, we are focused on the needs of today's students and the business
world of tomorrow.
All our degree programs are fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). This recognition places us in the top 30% of business education programs.
Your professors are full-time faculty holding doctorate degrees in their fields from a variety of leading American universities. Additionally, where appropriate, they also hold professional designations including Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP). We also have a number of Executives-In-Residence, business people with senior management experience who teach in their areas of expertise. The principal focus and dedication of the faculty is teaching our students in a small class environment. They use a multitude of teaching styles that emphasize student interaction. Lectures, case studies, computer-based simulation, team-based projects and field studies are utilized to challenge students and promote active learning.
To your professors, you are much more than a face in the crowd. Students tell us the faculty is accessible, approachable and involved with the learning process. Every student will be assigned an advisor who will typically be involved with the student's major field of study.
While dedicated to teaching, the faculty keeps pace with the rapidly changing business world by undertaking selected business research projects. Such activities are usually focused on industries or businesses which contribute to the recent rapid growth and development of the coastal North Carolina economy.
Our Diverse Students
There are approximately 2,200 undergraduate students in business degree programs; and more than 200 graduate students.
Undergraduates who have completed a broad foundation of basic studies courses, including prescribed business courses, and have attained an overall grade point average of at least 2.7 at UNCW may apply for admission to the Cameron School.
Typically, successful candidates for admission to Cameron will have achieved scores of 1100 or better on the math and reading portion of the SAT.
While the mix of students changes over time, the Cameron School of Business is approximately equally divided between male and female. About 20% of the students in the Cameron School come from out of state, with the remainder drawn principally from the Coastal Carolina, Triangle, Triad and Charlotte areas. Approximately 15% commute from home, 20% live on Campus, and the remainder live in nearby apartments or at the beach.
State of the Art Facilities
Cameron School of Business is housed in two academic buildings on the UNCW campus. Cameron Hall houses a state of the art computer and communications facilities, multi-media facilities, computer labs, executive conference center, 300 seat auditorium and modern classroom facilities which are all computer and communications equipped. This setting complements and completes the high quality instruction provided by our faculty. In addition, Cameron School of Business expanded to the new Computer Information Systems Building (CIS) in the spring of 2007. This building houses the Information Systems and Operations Management Department, as well as state of the art Financial Trading Room and access to 24-hour computer labs for our students.
Twenty-four hour access to a personal computer is fundamental for Cameron students. The school has a local area network readily accessible by faculty, students and staff which provides access to a variety of up-to-date business software, databases and, most importantly, the Internet.
Technology is routinely used for classroom learning, homework assignments, research projects, ongoing communications between students working on project teams and interaction between faculty and students outside the classroom. All of the classrooms in the Cameron School, as well as the major regions of the campus, are part of the university's wireless network.
Day to day utilization of Cameron's computer and communications capabilities is considered a vital learning experience for students who aspire to be business leaders in the information age unfolding in the 21st century.
Real World Experience
A key component of business education for students is real world experience. The Cameron School of Business offers students several options to gain such experience. Many class projects are conducted with a cooperating local or regional firms. Student business fraternities and clubs offer a variety of field visits to organizations and attract a variety of business leaders to campus to relate first-hand to students their experience. Our annual "Business Week" program each spring brings over 60 business leaders from the area, region and nation to campus to share insights. In addition, students may participate in local, regional and national internships with selected businesses and firms on a part-time or full-time basis for a semester and receive academic credit.
The Community in Which We Live
Clearly located on the Atlantic coast, the Wilmington area is a family oriented, progressive and fast growing community with a diversity of business, sports and cultural activities. In recent years, the area has witnessed substantial immigration of people and businesses, further contributing to its overall diversity. The City of Wilmington has been ranked 13th in Forbes Magazine's "Best Places for Business and Careers," as well as 14th in Fortune Small Business Magazine's "Best Places to Launch a Business."
The mild climate and coastal locale make the area a year round recreational haven, ideal for water and beach sports, biking, roller blading, golf, tennis and other outdoor activities.
Several theaters in downtown Wilmington, as well as Kenan Auditorium on campus, offer a variety of cultural activities including plays, concerts, symphony orchestras and musicals featuring local, regional and nationally recognized talent.