University graduates have more ambitious goals for their futures
By LISA BRANDENSTEINAssociated PressStudents at the University of Florida are learning more about the importance of building a solid foundation for their future in the coming years as the school prepares to open its new campus in Orlando.
The school’s enrollment of undergraduates grew by 15 percent to more than 4,500 students last year from about 2,000 in 2016, according to the university’s enrollment report.
More than a third of the students enrolled last year are expected to graduate by 2025.
A third of them will work full time or in part time.
And they are more likely to have advanced degrees and are more confident in their abilities.
But there is a big gap between what graduates are learning in the classroom and the job they are looking for, said University of Miami graduate and CEO of UF Global Marketing, Alex Hildebrand.
He said the need for graduates to have a solid grounding in business, finance, and marketing is greater than ever.
“We are seeing a big uptick in the percentage of students that have actually applied to the UF business school, and we’re seeing that increase from about 6 percent last year to about 11 percent this year,” Hildebrand said.
“And that’s really a reflection of the fact that they’re more willing to apply to the business school.”UF launched a new business school this year that will be focused on marketing, accounting, and leadership.
That’s the only business school on the campus.
The university has also launched a second business school that will focus on finance, finance management, and financial advisory services.
The campus will be located on campus, but it will be more like a university campus, with buildings and offices that will become more of a community center, Hildebreit said.
The new school is expected to open in early 2021.
The college will be the first of three campuses to open.UF is in a unique position, Hildereit said, because it is part of a larger region of the U.S. where business schools have historically been less prevalent.
“If you’re an elite school and you’re the leader in business and you’ve got a great reputation, you’re going to attract a lot of people to come to your campus,” he said.
In the future, the campus will attract a large amount of students from around the country.
“There will be a lot more students from other areas of the country that will want to come and be educated here.
There’s a lot that will appeal to the local market that will have a very large impact on the area,” Hildebreit said.”
We think we can be an even better place for the future because we are a university that has the capacity to attract and attract students from all around the world,” he added.
The business school has received a $1 billion gift from the U of M’s endowment, which is one of the largest gifts ever given to a university.
The goal is to expand to other states and abroad, Hillebrand said.
He is optimistic the school can continue to grow as a business school.
“It’s important to remember that we’ve been in business since we were four years old, and I think it’s an awesome opportunity to be able to bring a bunch of kids here that they haven’t seen in decades,” Hillebrand, said.