Firms Host Direct Admit Receptions

School of Business students Ching-Him Ng '15 (on the left) and Najwa Zarook'15 (on the right) chat with a prospective student (center).

The eighth class of Direct Admits, a select group of high-achieving freshman with an interest in business, will be admitted to the School of Business this fall.  Many of them will have attended receptions at Deloitte and Ernst & Young.

Fervent supporter of the School of Business Jeff Black ‘76, Vice Chairman at Deloitte, former chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board and a member of the UAlbany Foundation Board of Directors, and who will offer the School of Business commencement address this spring, understands the importance of recruiting the most promising high school students into the school.  To that end, he hosts Direct Admit receptions at Deloitte’s New York City offices.  Black said, “The only school on my vita is the University at Albany. The School of Business provided the foundation for my success. They did a great job preparing me for the competitive work world. I graduated with not only the knowledge I needed but with a terrific understanding of what it takes to succeed. I am proud to tell people I’m a UAlbany School of Business grad.”

Direct Admit receptions allow prospective students and their parents to meet School of Business staff, alumni, faculty and currently enrolled students. This spring, the firms hosted 115 guests, including 45 students. History shows that the students who attended will most likely join us in the fall: 93% of those who went to receptions held in 2012 enrolled at UAlbany.

Director of Undergraduate Student Services Susan Maloney ’84 said, “The events give us a chance to showcase the program. Jeff Black getting up and talking about his experience, his roots and his status with the firm, has got to be exciting for the kids.  And they get to see the inside of a Big Four firm.  It’s got to make them feel special.” Maloney, who knows what she’s talking about – she’s been advising School of Business students for 26 years, said, “They are a special group: motivated and assertive, they ask questions about the school and the direct admit program.”

Like Maloney, Director of Career Services Deidre Sweeney is impressed with the caliber of students she meets at the Direct Admit events.  She said, “They are coming to us with a significant amount of college credit, highly focused and applying to highly competitive schools.”

A case in point is Jason Breslow from Rivervale, New Jersey. He attended the reception sponsored by Ernst & Young and will join the Direct Admit program this fall. Breslow said, “The event gave me a chance to speak to Jason (Cotugno) who will be one of my advisors which I found very helpful in understanding the program. I also had an opportunity to speak to some current and past students who gave me a real feel for the program and what to expect. They told me about things like class size and internships. Attending the reception made me confident that the Direct Admit program was the right choice for me.” Breslow’s short list of potential colleges included Drexel University, Northeastern University and Towson University. He chose the University at Albany.

Stacy O’Brien, NESA Campus Recruiter, Ernst & Young, was happy to welcome Breslow and his high school peers. She said, “Ernst & Young was enormously pleased to host its second annual Direct Admit reception in our Times Square office.  Given our valued relationship with the University at Albany and its alumni who work at our firm, we are always pleased to have the opportunity to meet the "next wave" of great business students.”  

O’Brien noted that over 20 E & Y professionals who graduated from UAlbany attended the event. She said, “They relished the chance to chat one-on-one with high school seniors and their families about all the great experiences that their collegiate career has awarded them.   They reminisced about their time on campus, while relating their lessons learned to their current professional lives.  Many reflected after the event that they remembered being in the students' shoes not all that long ago and that they hoped their insights would be of assistance to them as they make their college selections.”

Jaclyn Napoleon, Senior Assistant Director in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions said, “They are incredible events because they showcase the success of our alums at the Big Four and the distinction of UAlbany as a target school for these companies. It is a testament to our programs and the committed individuals who teach and support our students. There is a certain cache about New York City for a lot of prospective business and accounting students and to be able to host these events, entirely paid for by Deloitte and Ernst & Young, is a wonderful way to show our admitted students the exciting future that awaits them.”