Why Willumstad? Explore the six ways we’ll give you an edge on your path to success.

You want a business degree that gives you the skills to step into a successful career. We use a streamlined, innovative approach to educate tomorrow’s business leaders. Our personalized programs give you the skills, credentials, connections and hands-on experience you’ll need to get ahead. They’re taught by world-class business leaders and scholars who are passionate about unlocking your leadership potential.

And we’re on New York City’s doorstep, giving us access to and resources from the most dynamic center of business in the world.

Whether you’re looking to launch a career in finance, accounting, management, economics or marketing, Willumstad has what it takes: motivated students, engaged professors, internships and an opportunity to join a global network of alumni and employers.

Together, they’re the Willumstad Winning Edge.

1. Career Readiness

Career exploration, résumé guidance, job shadowing, internships and more.

2. Tech Credentialing

Microsoft Excel training and certification options.

3. Innovative Academics

World-class faculty who are business researchers and leaders.

4. Learning for Leadership

Build your leadership skills through NYC cross-cultural experiences, academic clubs and opportunities to make a difference on campus.

5. Networking Opportunities

Throughout the year with business alumni, faculty, staff and students.

6. Personalized Education

Throughout the year with business alumni, faculty, staff and students.

1. A Powerful New Approach to Career Readiness

At Willumstad, we’ll help you carry into the real world what you learn in the classroom. Our students board the fast track to success in their first semester, when our co-curricular specialist personally advises you about career-building activities. In cooperation with our Center for Career and Professional Development, we offer all the help and advice you need: résumé-writing workshops, interview practice, individual career coaching and even a business etiquette dinner.

We ensure that you enter the workplace with an internship, job-shadowing experience or mentorship before you graduate. Our team of career-oriented professionals will guide you to experiences that fit your interests.

Through our Internship Office, you’ll gain hands-on job experience and the chance to earn credits toward a degree at the same time. Adelphi has close ties to companies and organizations all over the New York City area—like IBM, Marks Paneth, KPMG, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch and EY—that recruit our students for internships, giving you opportunities to build résumé-ready experience and expand your network. Our Internship and Mentorship Program, featuring a dedicated internship director, will guide you through every step, from research to creating a standout résumé to landing a position.

My internships have been more valuable than I even thought they’d be. I went in trying to gain experience and build my résumé, but I’ve ended up learning so much more about employers—what they’re looking for and how they expect you to perform, ask questions, work with others and act. It’s been eye-opening, and it’s the reason I was able to land a great job at Marks Paneth and get started on my career.

Joseph Lucito ’17 BBA in Accounting

2. Real-World Tech Credentials to Kick-Start Your Career

Start your business career with a visible advantage, equipped with Microsoft certification. This worldwide industry standard is a valuable addition to any résumé, showcasing your technology skills and broadening your career opportunities.

Adelphi’s Garden City campus is an authorized certification site for Microsoft Office Specialist and Microsoft Expert in Excel credentials. These widely recognized certifications lift you above other job applicants—one of the many ways we sharpen your Willumstad Winning Edge.

Adelphi has given me the opportunity to become proficient in Microsoft Office through information technology classes offered and online resources available, such as LinkedIn Learning. Microsoft Office products, such as Excel, are a necessity when entering the job market and my Excel skills have been very helpful in my search for internships and a full-time job after graduation. In my time at Adelphi, I learned many Excel skills, including financial modeling, data analysis, and shortcuts to use Excel without a mouse.

Nicholas Sterlacci ’19 BS in Finance

3. Academics With an Innovative Approach

Set your sights on a rewarding business career with sophisticated courses in accounting, finance, economics, marketing and management, created by industry leaders and top scholars.

We offer small classes with personalized attention from world-class professors with the knowledge, integrity and insight to give you a winning edge in tomorrow’s business world. You’ll get clear, forward-thinking instruction on business techniques and strategies for the 21st century.

Project-based classes pose real-world challenges for you to solve.

The Willumstad Winning Edge includes:

  • Finance students manage a portion of Adelphi University’s endowment through the Student Investment Fund. You’ll review the fund’s $350,000 portfolio, prepare investment analyses and present recommendations to University and business leaders.
  • Finance students will research and analyze investment instruments on our Bloomberg terminals—the same specialized equipment that finance professionals use—in the James Riley, Jr. Trading Room.
  • Under the guidance of marketing leaders, you can design semester-long projects with corporate partners like GEICO, 1-800-Flowers.com and UPS to develop branding and communications plans, launch new products, and make cost-saving recommendations.

A Willumstad education extends far beyond the classroom to a carefully selected lineup of leadership opportunities, corporate internships and partnerships, and campus events that attract market-leading executives, government leaders and scholars.

While studying at Adelphi, I had the pleasure of learning from a multitude of different professors in the business school. I really loved how the last few courses I took for my HR specialization had no more than about 15 students per class. This made the class more of an open discussion rather than a one-sided lecture. I think the business professors really value their students’ time and aim to focus on teaching through real-world-applicable experience rather than solely relying on textbooks.

Eileen Donlon ’17 BBA in Management

4. Learning for Leadership: A Critical Business Skill

We offer opportunities for growth and responsibility that you won’t find anywhere else—all part of our personalized approach to learning with world-class faculty.

Leadership opportunities open to undergraduates include:

  • Willumstad Leadership Scholars Program, a highly selective program for seniors that provides the opportunity to work on a cross-disciplinary team, think creatively, research a university issue and then present findings to Adelphi leaders.
  • Beta Gamma Sigma Global Leadership Summit, a prestigious annual conference for select high-achieving students from top business schools around the world.
  • Business Plan Competition, an annual Shark Tank-stylecontest for the chance to win cash prizes to fund your ideas.
  • University Trading Challenge, where students compete with teams from other universities. Experience an incomparable simulation of real-world trading while demonstrating your ability to analyze, strategize, make decisions and give presentations.
  • Women’s Leadership Conference, a networking event for recruiters, business leaders, alumni and students. Presentation topics include negotiation, entrepreneurship and innovation in the workplace and women in leadership roles.
  • Student-led clubs and organizations, help you build your professional network and gain leadership experience with a career focus.

Adelphi is a great place to cultivate leadership skills and develop a sense of responsibility. Through my experience as vice president and president of the Human Resources Society, I have learned how to lead a team and network with professionals. My leadership experience not only helped me earn two scholarships in the Spring 2018 semester, but has better prepared me for my future career.

Sabreena Khan ’18 BBA in Management

5. A Global Network to Help You Connect

As a student, you’ll join an energetic, diverse student body drawn from across the nation and around the globe and start connecting right away at campus events and social mixers led by executives, government leaders and scholars. Online, you’ll learn to leverage the world’s largest business networking platform as we help you develop an effective customized LinkedIn profile. And you’ll be eligible for Alumnifire, a networking group exclusively for Adelphi students and alumni. As you step into your business career, you’ll find Willumstad connections everywhere you go—evidence of the Willumstad Winning Edge.

Our graduates benefit from a powerful network of more than 35,000 alumni at top organizations worldwide. You’ll connect with managers, executives and entrepreneurs from top firms, and attend Practitioners’ Perspective lectures or through student-led club meetings with guest speakers.

Our alumni often return to campus to share their stories. Recent alumni lecturers include:

  • Loretta V. Cangialosi ’80, senior vice president and controller, Pfizer Inc.
  • Michael Hurley ’06, MBA ’09, strategic account manager, App Annie
  • Nicholas Iadevaio Jr., vice president for human resources, L’Oréal USA
  • Curtiss Jacobs, co-founder and managing partner, Uptown Advisory Group
  • Katherine Quintana Malone ’09, MBA ’10, senior global compensation analyst, Latham & Watkins

Students also have the opportunity to connect with upperclassmen through our Peer-to-Peer Coaching program. To participate in this program, contact Lori Cary at lcary@adelphi.edu.

The connection is still there. I want to give to students who, like me back then, don’t have these kinds of opportunities all the time. [Returning to campus regularly to recruit for IBM is] a way of giving back.

William Fuessler '79 Partner, Global Business Services at IBM

6. Personalized Learning From Top Faculty

Willumstad professors are leading scholars, entrepreneurs and executives with a passion for teaching. They’ll give you the personalized attention and guidance that set our programs apart.

They are your mentors and guides through our high-impact, hands-on courses. They’ll encourage you as you develop skills and gain knowledge, and they’ll help you find internships and shadowing opportunities that prepare you to succeed. We place students into internships—which are either paid or for academic credit—in more than 200 organizations nationwide and around the globe.

Willumstad faculty members are top innovators and researchers, known for their expertise in key business disciplines. They’ll help you explore and solve complex issues just like the ones they’ve faced in the business world.

Having professors who truly knew who I was and cared about me as an individual helped me make the right decisions—that’s [a] reason I ended up where I am today, at IBM.”

Danielle Hyatt ’16 BS in Marketing

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