Students and Programs

At the Poole College of Management, we instill an entrepreneurial mindset in all our students, so that each of them will bring creative and innovative thinking to bear on business problems. And we build analytical skills into every program, so graduates leave here ready to lead — whether in a two-person tech startup or a Fortune 500 boardroom.

Student Snapsnot

At the end of his address to the NC State University class of 2018, Poole College graduate Patrick Schilling urges fellow grads to “let the strength of our will lead us as we continue our journey forward.”


Poole College enrollment grew 6.2 percent year-over-year, from the fall 2016 to fall 2017 semester for total enrollment of 3,772: Undergraduate (2,829); Graduate (912); Lifelong (31).

Class Profiles


Student Segment Fall 2017 Fall 2016
First Year Freshmen 494 408
     International 31 (6.3%) 27 (6.6%)
     Domestic (non-NC) 53 (10.7%) 52 (12.7%)
     NC Resident 410 (83%) 329 (80.6%)
     Average SAT 1282 1295
     Average ACT 27 27
     Weighted GPA 4.44 4.44
     First Generation 129
External Transfer 187 148
Internal Transfer 296 335

Graduate: Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Enrolled Full-time Professional Evening Professional Online
Total 49 78 83
International 20% 24% 6%
US Minority 38% 35% 20%
Average GMAT 626 617 588
Average Undergraduate GPA 3.42 3.31 3.24
Average Years’ Work Experience 5 9 11

Graduate: Master of Accounting (MAC)

Student Segment Fall 2017 Fall 2016
Full-time Enrollment 119 100
Part-time Enrollment 3 3
Non-NC State Undergrads 50 (41%) 40 (40%)
Minority and International 28 (23%) 20 (20%)
Average GMAT 578 557
Average GPA 3.55 3.53


Poole College Career Center

Focusing on the Future

In FY18, the Poole College undergraduate and graduate career management teams consolidated to create the unified Poole College Career Center, located in a renovated space in Nelson Hall. The updates included new interview rooms and working space for visiting corporate partners. Career results published in FY18 (for 2017 graduates) were equally as impressive.

Graduates of Poole College's undergraduate majors (accounting; business administration; economics) reported an average starting salary of $52,311, up from $50,406 in 2016. Ninety-six percent of 2017 MAC graduates accepted a job offer within three months of graduation at an average starting salary of $54,049. Eighty-eight percent of MBA graduates accepted a job offer within three months of graduation at an average starting salary of $79,246, and 100 percent of first-year MBA students completed a summer internship.

Programs Highlights

Throughout the 2017-18 year, Poole College has tirelessly grown and innovated across a wide array of programs, centers and initiatives. This has included investments in faculty and college leadership – adding a new associate dean for faculty and academic affairs and a director of leadership development – and making physical improvements to the college’s home in Nelson Hall. Renovations included a classroom fitted with the latest technology for delivering live and asynchronous online courses, a new space redesigned to create a consolidated Poole College Career Center, and the lease of a building at 105 Brooks Avenue to create a state-of-the-art space for the Jenkins MBA program staff.

Poole also established new college traditions such as the inaugural Jenkins Graduate Hooding Ceremony and reception; and to better showcase student accomplishments, moved the college’s annual Leadership and Innovation Showcase – attended by alumni and industry contacts – from Nelson Hall to the recently renovated Reynolds Coliseum.

The college created an active Technology Enhanced Education Advisory Council (TEEAC) to determine the best strategy for moving forward with technology enhanced education to improve the learning experience for students and the college’s relationships with the technology industry.

And, we led the way for the growth of graduate certificate and degree programs in line with Poole College’s areas of expertise, including an online Tax Analytics and Technology Certificate, as well as a Master in Management general degree program to pave the way for a future portfolio of specialized tracks.

A few specific highlights are summarized below by unit.

Undergraduate Programs

  • Launched Summer at the Poole, two stand-alone online courses (BUS 225 Personal Finance and BUS 295 Business Essentials) as well as courses counted towards a business minor completion.
  • Restructured the Academic Advising team
  • Diversity & Inclusion Events in 2017-18: Inclusive Leader Breakfast, Inclusive By Design –– Women’s “Herstory” Luncheon, Black by Popular Demand.
  • Global Summer Programs: Australia, Argentina, China, Germany, Spain, Italy. Total summer program enrollment for summer 2018 up 15 percent year-over-year.

Master of Accounting Program (MAC)

  • Summer Leadership Conference Fair (11 firms; 45 students), Accounting Networking Night (16 firms; 30 students), Firm Fellows (6 firms on campus interviewing 10 incoming MAC student candidates)
  • New MAC rankings: Public Accounting Report: #35 of all schools nationwide (up from #46 last year); #19 for Schools with 24+ Full Time Accounting Faculty (up from #22 last year); #10 for Schools in the South Region, and College Choice: #14 in 50 Best Master’s In Accounting Degree for 2018

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

  • Delivered new MBA Residency focused on key management topics – managing people, empowerment and relationship building, and global leadership and leading teams.
  • New MBA rankings: Financial Times 2018: #17 online MBA program (and #1 in program delivery and online interaction among online MBA programs), and US News & World Report, 2018: #9 best online MBA programs for veterans

Master of Management (Global Luxury and Management concentration)

  • New leadership: new director Kristie McGowan and assistant director Kathleen Black.
  • Students participated in a range of study tours to New York City, North Carolina, France (Paris and Champagne), Monaco and the Netherlands
  • Kristie McGowan led the discussion “Who Is the Woman Luxury Consumer?” at the Women in Luxury 2018 conference.
  • Held first Global Luxury and Management Masterclass Series in New York, Marketing to the Evolving Luxury Consumer, with 82 attendees

Graduate Economics Program

  • Master’s degree program: Modified class schedules to accommodate working professionals, including three online classes in progress
  • Ph.D.: Math placement exam for new PhD students; New classes: 753, 752; 715 and 716 are co-taught by several instructors for students to get exposed to more faculty without increasing the number of field courses

Executive Education

  • Projecting highest financial results in Executive Education in the past 7 years.
  • Hired the first director of development management
  • New programs: Women in Tech Leadership Program (planned for June 2018), Additional Data Analytics open programs, New short topic offerings (summer 2018)

Business Sustainability Collaborative (BSC)

The Business Sustainability Collaborative is an academic initiative that brings together students, leading faculty and the business community to drive social, environmental and ethical business practices among local and global companies.

  • B Corp Clinic: BSC linked students with B Corporations through a semester-long consulting experience (30 students from NC State, Duke, UNC Chapel Hill and NC Central worked with 7 B Corp Clinic companies from across the country)
  • B the Change: In collaboration with Elon’s Love School of Business, BSC hosted B the Change, a networking event where students and alumni connected with local B Corporations (participants included Forrest Firm, HQ Raleigh,, Participate, Protopia, TS Designs, Redwoods Group, Southern Energy Management, and Vert & Vogue)

Center for Innovation Management Studies (CIMS)

The Center for Innovation Management Studies (CIMS) is a global, virtual research center located in the NC State Poole College of Management. It is focused on how to manage innovation and is dedicated to fostering a collaborative environment among scholars, researchers and business executives.

  • New Executive Farm Management Program: CIMS, together with the NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and East Carolina University’s College of Business, launched a new Executive Farm Management Program, tailored to North Carolina sweet potato and tobacco farmers during its first year. Future programs will focus on different segments of the agricultural industry and be open to farmers from throughout the Southeast. The program was funded in part by a grant from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission and with gifts from farmers Johnny Barnes of Spring Hope and Richard Anderson of Nashville. It covers such topics as strategic planning, financial management, human resource and labor issues, and management style.
  • CIMS Annual Meeting/Conference: Digital transformation was focus of the meeting. Speakers included Scott Deitz, vice president of public affairs, VF Corporation; Larry Blue, chief operating officer, Bell and Howell, LLC.; Veena Pureswaran, global research leader, IBM Institute for Business Value and others
  • Rakesh Ravi, research assistant professor and CIMS data scientist, joined the center

Consumer Innovation Consortium (CIC) and Consumer Behavior Lab

Under the guidance of faculty experts in the CIC, Poole students work on interdisciplinary project teams to deliver insightful consumer research to corporate partners. The Consumer Behavior Lab opened in fall 2011 with the objective of providing dedicated research support to faculty (primarily Marketing) and to the Consumer Innovation Collaborative. In the lab, applied consumer theory research is conducted for joint projects with CIC corporate partners such as Bayer, Cotton, Inc., Clorox, Cisco, Quintiles (now IQVia), and AmerisourceBergen. The lab space provides a tightly controlled experimental environment.

  • 12 new 17” laptops in fall 2017, outfitted with University compliant hardware and software
  • Undergraduate Consumer Behavior Lab Internship Program, launched in fall 2017, jointly benefits interested undergraduates in support of career exploration and skill-building, and faculty in the form of research support.

Enterprise Risk Management Initiative (ERM)

The NC State ERM Initiative is pioneering the development of this emergent discipline through outreach to business professionals, with our ongoing ERM Roundtable Series; research, advancing knowledge and understanding of ERM issues; and undergraduate and graduate business education for the next generation of business executives.

  • Second annual one-day workshop: Targeted for individuals leading the ERM process at a college or university. Attendees include representatives from Harvard, Indiana, MIT, Stanford, Syracuse, University of Texas, among others.
  • ERM Training Videos: in the process of creating online courses targeted to business professionals who are interested in advancing their ERM understanding, draft title “An Introduction to Enterprise Risk Management.”

The Entrepreneurship Collaborative (TEC)

TEC provides several curricular and co-curricular opportunities for professionals, startups and future entrepreneurs to learn and take on real market challenges.

  • Record Enrollment and new courses added for students who want to study a non-technology entrepreneurship path
  • 24 diligence team students were selected in Sep 2017 to work with the Wolfpack Investor Network (WIN), an angel investing platform that brings together entrepreneurial NC State alumni to support businesses with a connection to the university.
  • In March 2018, Tethis, a company incepted during the TEC program and which is set to disrupt the diaper industry with a super-absorbent natural polymer, received the largest investor contribution yet in WIN’s short history.

NC State Entrepreneurship Clinic

Inspired by the university teaching hospital model, the NC State Entrepreneurship Clinic integrates research, teaching and real world experience by providing a place where faculty, students, entrepreneurs and service providers go to teach, learn and build the next generation of businesses in Raleigh.

  • The NC State Entrepreneurship Clinic tripled its footprint in HQ Raleigh. This expansion provides dedicated classroom space for 50+ students, a break-out room for team meetings and private collaborative spaces.
  • For the first time, entrepreneurship is offering a global experience through a summer study abroad in Adelaide, Australia. An added bonus is the use of the NC State Entrepreneurship Clinical model in this program.
  • Recognized by USASBE as the 2018 Excellence in Co-Curricular Innovation award winner.
  • Since the launch of the NC State Entrepreneurship Clinic in Spring 2015, 608 students have worked on 280 partner company projects. For 2017-2018, 20+ concentrations participated in the Entrepreneurship Clinic.
  • Three Corporate Partners were onboarded and engaged in the NC State Entrepreneurship Clinical model, Wells Fargo, Credit Suisse and PVH.
  • Seven faculty members representing the Poole College, College of Agriculture, College of Engineering and SKEMA utilized the NC State Entrepreneurship Clinical model and Clinic space for their respective classes.
  • Global Consortium for Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC): 2017 GCEC Finalist in Excellence in Entrepreneurship Teaching & Pedagogical Innovation & invited to submit proposal to host fall 2020.

Supply Chain Resource Cooperative (SCRC)

The Supply Chain Resource Cooperative serves as a thought leader in the increasingly complex and competitive supply chain industry; documenting and disseminating new supply chain management knowledge to help companies, practitioners, and students.

  • In 2017-18, director Dr. Rob Handfield published ten peer-reviewed articles, five trade journal articles, a book (The Living Supply Chain) and three major technical reports –– two for IBM and one for the Center for Advanced Purchasing Studies. He has collaborated with faculty from the Center for Environmental Farming Systems in CALS on a USDA-funded grant to improve the supply chain operations connecting small local growers to distribution centers and larger markets. Additionally, he had worked with colleagues at Duke University to produce two reports on the current state and economic impact of the bio-based products industry in the U.S.
    New SCRC website and social media platforms for disseminating information (SCRC Twitter)
  • Working with 20 companies in 14 different industries