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Immaculata University’s Business, Fashion, and Leadership Department develops ethical, service-oriented business leaders for the global community.

Our faculty are expert business, management, and fashion professionals who bring their real-life industry experience into the classroom.

Our students participate in service learning projects and supervised field work that help them apply their learning and develop their analytical, technological, and communication skills. As a result, our graduates are prepared to take on leadership roles in a variety of business and fashion endeavors, guided by integrity to make a difference in the world.

Business and Accounting Accreditation

ACBSP logoACBSPImmaculata’s business and accounting programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes within the business programs meet the rigorous educational standards established by ACBSP. Receiving accreditation for the business programs and specialized accreditation for the accounting program shows that Immaculata is committed to providing the highest quality business education for our students.

Immaculata’s business programs have been accredited by ACBSP since 2011. Since 2013, Immaculata’s accounting programs have been accredited separately by ACBSP. 

ACBSP Accredited Programs

Quality Assurance Reports for Immaculata’s Business and Accounting Programs

Submitted to the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

SAP University Alliance

Immaculata is a member of the University Alliance program of SAP, the world’s largest business software company. Through this alliance, SAP’s software is integrated into various courses, allowing students to learn to use it through case studies and test scenarios. SAP software is widely used across multiple industries to help businesses with operations management, enterprise resource planning, business intelligence, and more. Our students gain a broad familiarity with SAP software and how it can improve business processes, which gives them marketable skills and an advantage in the job market.

Undergraduate Business Student Achievements and Outcomes

Supervisors Give High Ratings to IU Interns

All of Immaculata’s traditional undergraduate students in the business, accounting, finance, HR management, and marketing management majors are required to completed one or more internships as part of their programs. About 80 percent of our student interns were paid for their internships. According to a 2016 survey of employers created and administered by Immaculata’s business faculty, 100 percent of employers said they would hire their intern again.

  • Employers rated students very well (average of 4.6 on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the highest) in their overall preparation for the internship.
  • Employers gave students high ratings for professional demeanor (4.7 out of 5 on average).
  • Employers said students had leadership skills (4.3 out of 5 on average).

Retention, Graduation, and Job/Graduate School Placement Rates

When traditional undergraduates in College of Undergraduate Studies major in business, accounting, finance, HR management, or marketing management, they tend to stay in that program, graduate on time, and quickly find jobs or enter graduate school.

Job or graduate school placement rates within six months of graduation, as self-reported by
accounting alumni:

  • 2015—100%
  • 2016—90%
  • 2017—100%

Freshman-to- sophomore retention rates:

  • 2014—88%
  • 2015—84%
  • 2016—63%

Four-year graduation rates:

  • 2015—71%
  • 2016—64%
  • 2017—59%

Enactus Competition

Immaculata’s Enactus team was selected as champions in their league at the 2017 Regional Competition. The team spent 3,455 hours contributing their business skills to support a variety of non-profit organizations:

Humankind Water

  • Raised awareness of Humankind Water’s mission to address the global clean water crisis by selling bottled water and giving the proceeds to fund drinking water projects around the world
  • Raised $2,000 and promoted sales of Humankind Water’s bottled water at Immaculata and at Turkey Hill Minit Markets
  • Developed a social media communications and marketing plan

Emilia Wojtyla Women’s Shelter in Bolivia

  • Raised $5,625 through donations and sales of crafts made by Bolivian women who are victims of domestic violence
  • Launched a U.S.-based non-profit that qualified as a 501(c)(3) corporation
  • Developed and tested a sponsorship program to encourage ongoing donations
  • Launched website and increased social media following

Kiddos Kare

  • Sold T-shirts and raised $500
  • Donated supplies to 85 at-risk students at General George Meade Elementary School
  • Built awareness of high poverty and academic challenges in the Philadelphia school district.

The Weekly Fight

  • Raised awareness about veterans and members of the military who suffer from PTSD and suicidality
  • Launched “The Weekly Fight” on Facebook Live
  • Expanded strategic partnerships with CrossFit gyms and developed partnership standards

Internal Auditing Competition

A team of five IU students earned second place at the 2017 Student Case Competition hosted by the Philadelphia Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors. The institute holds an annual case study competition for local college students. Teams were challenged with identifying red flags, risks and controls in the case study, as well as potential fraud.

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