Message from the Dean

Welcome to the John Cook School of Business.  As you click through our website I think you will be impressed with the accomplishments of our outstanding faculty, staff and students. 

The quality of our students both academically and as servant leaders is what differentiates us from other programs. For the third consecutive year, the average ACT scores and GPA of this years’ freshman class places them among the top 10% of entering freshmen in the country.

The academic programs in the Cook School continue to be ranked nationally by U.S. News and World Report.  Our undergraduate entrepreneurship program is ranked number 9, international business program is ranked number 12, and our undergraduate accounting program is ranked nationally at number 33. Our international business, supply chain management, entrepreneurship, and masters in accounting are ranked number 12, number 13, number 14 and number 24 respectively in the country by U.S. News and World Report.  Further, the business school is ranked number 91 and our part-time MBA program is ranked number 80.

As the only Jesuit business school in the area, we have a long-standing tradition of cultivating business leaders. As the business school enters our second century, and the University enters its third century of excellence, we continue our rich tradition of connecting students with the business community. Our students benefit from these connections through the guidance of our Career Resources Center, special forums such as the Edward Jones Dean’s Breakfast Series, insights from guest speakers in their classes, hands-on class projects, internships, and networking with business leaders.  In fact, all students are required to take a one-credit course entitled “Career Foundations” the second semester of their sophomore year, which requires them to prepare a resume, do a mock interview, develop an elevator pitch and develp other career focused skills.

Our reach is global, with study abroad programs in Hong Kong, Panama as well as at our campus in Madrid. Additionally, we are home to many students and faculty who hail from more than 30 countries around the globe.

With the University’s Jesuit mission in mind, we strive to educate the whole person. One of the many examples of this is our Service Leadership Program. Our students commit to 200 plus service hours where they are not only bettering their community, but walk away with a profound learning experience about what it means to be a men and women for others.  The Cook School also has 14 different student organizations that you can join including the Freshmen in Business Club when you first get here!

I believe the Cook School and Saint Louis University has so much to offer and I hope you’ll join us and become a Billiken.  Come for a visit and join us for a class and see how we educate the whole person, while seeking the truth  and serving others.

Mark Higgins, Ph.D.
Dean of the John Cook School of Business Saint Louis University