August 18, 2010


Women Biz StudentA recent Forbes article highlights a survey of American freshmen that finds most women choose business for their college major, and that women make up almost half of those receiving bachelor’s of business administration degrees.  

According to the U.S. Department of Education's latest figures, business degrees were awarded to 21% of the 1.6 million graduates who received a bachelor's degree in 2008. Women received 49% of those business degrees. 

“For this new crop of college students, attaining wealth ranks higher than raising a family and becoming an authority in their chosen field. Moreover, they listed their primary factor in choosing a school program as whether the graduates get good jobs,” says Forbes writer Jenna Goudreau.  

The Neeley School of Business at TCU is the most popular school on the TCU campus, with 1,663 undergraduate students in 2009. Of those, 37% were women.  According to Forbes, women with BBA degrees generally pursue careers in management, sales, consulting, and finance. Most women students in the Neeley School study marketing. 

“We are seeing more women students in the Neeley School. I think women want to be successful and make good money so they can live comfortably, just as men do, and business is a high-paying degree,” said Dr. Bill Moncrief, Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies. 

The Neeley School’s undergraduate program is highly ranked by BusinessWeek, U.S. News & World Report and Fortune Small Business, and is consistently included in The Princeton Review’s annual book of best business schools.  

Forbes lists the top 10 most popular college majors for women as:

  1. Business
  2. Health Professions and Related Sciences
  3. Social Sciences and History
  4. Education
  5. Psychology
  6. Visual and Performing Arts
  7. Communications and Communication Technologies
  8. Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  9. English Language and Literature/Letters
  10. Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies, Humanities



Elaine Cole
Public Relations Manager
Neeley School of Business at TCU