Student Resources

Business First Year in Focus

Choosing which college to attend is a difficult decision. Spend the day with us as a CSU Monte Ahuja College of Business Student BEFORE you make your choice.

Did you know Business graduates can potentially earn higher salaries than any other four year degree? The Monte Ahuja College of Business at CSU offers a number of undergraduate business majors and minors, so you can really focus on the area of business that interests you the most.

I'm not sure which area I'm interested in.

Not to worry! The Monte Ahuja College of Business Advising Office is here to help. We offer services to all undergraduate business students to help you achieve your educational and career goals. Our Advising and Career Services staff can help you choose courses, understand graduation requirements and secure internships. We also have a dedicated Business Tutoring Center to assist as you learn business theory and practice.

Are students involved with more than just classes?

Definitely! The Freshman Sophomore Business Association (FSBA) is just one of the many student organizations that offer academic, social and professional support. These groups help students enhance their business skills outside of the classroom with professional networking development and career exploration events. Members of these organizations also have exclusive access to scholarships, book loans and networking opportunities.

What will the day look like?

The program varies slightly depending on what day you choose. What follows is a general schedule of events

9:30am - Arrive at the College of Business Advising Center, Room BU 219, second floor: 
1860 E.18th Street 
Cleveland, OH – BU 219
Check in with Undergraduate Advising Staff
BU 219
Meet with Anne Nelson, Assistant Dean of College of Business Undergraduate Programs and Student Services: Review business academic expectations, scholarship options and student services
Attend Business class lecture: 

Course could be one of the following:

The World of Business
International Business
Operations Supply Chain Management
Financial Management

11:30am – 12:00 noon Meet with academic advisor
12:00pm to 1:00pm Stay for lunch with a staff or student or leave for the day
Attend Business class lecture: 
1:00pm to 2:15

Course could be one of the following:

The World of Business
International Business
Operations Supply Chain Management
Financial Management

2:15pm -2:30pm End of the Day & Wrap up questions from you, if you have any questions
What courses can I sit in on?

During the Business First Year FOCUS program, you will sit in on two of the following business course sessions:

World of Business: This class is a true introduction to Business. You will be introduced to the global environment of business, the strategies that create successful businesses, and the rewards of professional careers in this field.

Intro to International Business: In this class you will find junior and senior-level students learning abou twhat impacts business strategies in global markets. How do cultural, economic, legal, and geopolitical factors influence world trade? This is a highly interdisciplinary class bringing together ideas from HR, Finance, Accounting, Operations and more.

Intro to Operations Management: Get a sneak peak of a junior and senior level class in a high-demand area of business. You will learn about operations management decision-making, supply chain management, quality management and control, location decisions and much more.

Intro to Financial Management: What is Financial Management? Get to know the basics of short-term and long-term financing, financial forecasting, time value of money, investment banking, capital budgeting, mergers and acquisitions, and much more.

We look forward to welcoming you on campus for the Business First Year FOCUS program! 

If you have already been accepted and plan to attend CSU - Congratulations! We are happy to have you! Please be sure to complete registration for our mandatory Freshmen Orientation session.

Sounds great!  How do I sign up?

It’s easy! Fill out the registration form with three dates of availability or contact Anne Nelson, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Programs, with your choice of date, time and possible Major of interest (if known).

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