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Portrait of Robert Sumichrast, dean of the Pamplin College of Business.

Pamplin continues to expand and improve. This helps us provide the best business school experience to our students and promote economic development for the commonwealth and beyond.

The strength of Pamplin is demonstrated in many ways, including the improvement in many key rankings: top 10 rankings for our undergraduate business analytics program, finance program, master of information technology, and hospitality and tourism management program, to be named in honor of Howard Feiertag (see story).

Our hardworking students have taken advantage of the resources at Pamplin to exceed the career success goals we established four years ago. Over 90 percent of May 2017 graduates accepted job offers shortly after graduation with an average starting salary of $59,000 (not including bonuses and commissions).

Pamplin’s programs also significantly contribute to economic development. A recent study estimated Pamplin’s economic impact on the commonwealth to be more than $40 million annually.

That number has been increasing and will increase by nearly $20 million, as Virginia Tech constructs the Global Business and Analytics Complex in the upcoming years. Economic development will increase for many reasons related to Pamplin, including the pipeline of ambitious and even better educated graduates filling jobs in key industries.

In the 2016-17 academic year, over 84 student-led companies were started and built from ideas from students active in Pamplin’s Apex Center for Entrepreneurs.

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