Annual feature celebrates graduating business students for achievement and impact.

OAKLAND, CA, April 07, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ — Poets&Quants For Undergrads, the leading news source for undergraduate business education, has released its fifth annual Best & Brightest Business Majors feature, which honors 100 of the most accomplished seniors who majored in fields like marketing, accounting, operations, and human resources.

“This year’s Best & Brightest is bittersweet,” says Jeff Schmitt, Poets&Quants’ senior writer who launched the series in 2016. “Everything ended so abruptly with COVID-19. Most students won’t be able to cement their legacies this spring. There is still a silver lining for them. They’re already so driven and creative. They may not come into the work world they expected, but they’re going to be doing the heavy lifting in starting things back up. That’s a lot of exposure and opportunity. These business majors are the kind of talent who are going to capitalize on that.”

This year’s 100 Best & Brightest feature gifted students like Deven Rodriguez, a St. John’s University Management major who ranked among the top three Army ROTC cadets in its annual merit list. Miami University’s Laura Mena is on track to raise $1.5 million dollars for RedHawk Venture, the school’s seed stage venture fund. Additionallly, she has made the Cincy Inno 25 Under 25, which honors the best young innovators in Cincinnati’s startup ecosystem. Similarly, Cornell University’s Jessica Tao has co-founded a company that produces a patented toenail trimmer for people with limited flexibility – one that garnered support from the National Science Foundation and the New York State Department of Health.

To compile this year’s Best & Brightest students, Poets&Quants reached out to the 50 highest-ranked schools in Poet&Quants’ 2019 undergraduate business school ranking. Each school was asked to choose two students for inclusion, with criteria including academic excellence, extracurricular leadership, personal character, and innate potential. Ultimately, 46 of these programs nominated students, including 23 programs ranked among P&Q’s Top 25. This includes representatives from top-tier programs like the Wharton School, Notre Dame, University of Virginia, Georgetown University, University of Michigan, and New York University.

Each student is given an in-depth profile, which covers areas like their extracurricular activities and awards, proudest achievement, and favorite classmate. Also included is a testimonial from an administrator or faculty member. In the coming months, Best & Brightest will also spotlight the best student responses related to their favorite faculty members, favorite companies, and the biggest lessons they learned from business.

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Poets&Quants for Undergrads is the leading resource for complete coverage of college-bound business education. We feature multiple tools and authoritative content, including: a proprietary ranking of the best undergraduate business schools, news and in-depth features, videos, podcasts, empowering our community of students, parents and guidance counselors with information needed to make decisions along their journey to college as a business major.

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