Tracing its history back to 1910, the Saunders College of Business (Saunders) is one of nine colleges at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York State.
Saunders has nearly 2,000 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate courses across RIT’s global campuses in Rochester, New York, Croatia, Dubai, Kosovo and China.
Its undergraduate majors include: accounting; finance; hospitality and tourism management; international business; management; management information systems; marketing; new media marketing and business exploration. Minors include: business administration; digital business; entrepreneurship and supply chain management.
Graduate courses offered are: master’s of business administration; accounting; MS in business analytics; MS in computational finance; MS in entrepreneurship and innovative ventures; MS in finance; MS in hospitality and tourism management; MS in human resource development; MS in management; MS in service leadership and innovation; Executive MBA.
There are a number of Research and Academic Centers of Excellence that make up Saunders’ diverse research scene. Among the key hubs supporting new ideas and products are the Albert J. Simone Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, The Construct – All Access Makerspace and startup incubator, Venture Creations. Meanwhile, the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship in the downtown Rochester business district focuses on projects in the local area. Centres addressing the qualities of new business leaders are Saunders Leadership Enterprise and the Institute for Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility.
Saunders is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB).
Alumni of note include: Jane Elliot, executive vice president and chief administrative officer, Global Payments; Bob Thomas, president and CEO, Worldwide Speakers Group; Vipul Karundia, MBA executive director, financial services, EY; Pete Giovenco, EMBA president and CEO, Bergmann Associates; Braden Smith, executive vice president, Wintrust Financial; Sean R.H. Bratches, managing director, Commercial Operations, Formula 1; Betty Noonan, chief marketing officer, Cree; Brian Blaser, EVP Diagnostics Products, Abbott Laboratories; Scott Strother, chief revenue officer, Mention My Biz.