College of Business and Innovation

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Quite simply, COBI = Careers! Throughout each business student’s collegiate journey, the College of Business and Innovation’s Business Career Programs office provides the workshops, career fairs, connections and more to enable 90 percent of spring 2018 COBI graduates to have jobs in their chosen fields shortly after graduation. The job placement rate for our sales students is nearly 100 percent.

For these reasons, among others, Bloomberg Business Week has, since 2016, ranked UT COBI in its top 100 best undergraduate business schools in the nation. Our engaged faculty, high-tech facilities and a growing international reputation also contribute to COBI having a record high enrollment of nearly 2,900 undergraduate students and 500 graduate students in 2018.

Your support of the UT College of Business and Innovation through The University of Toledo’s Day of Giving can have an immediate and lasting impact, especially when your gift goes to one of these two crucial funds that support students: COBI’s Scholarship Fund and the COBI Progress Fund.

Funding Priorities:

College of Business and Innovation General Scholarship Fund (2402266) 

COBI has long declared that its mission is “Developing Lifelong Leaders for the World of Business.” For hundreds of students, the life-changing reality can only begin if supported by scholarships. The need is great: some 500 students apply for COBI scholarships each year, with COBI annually awarding approximately $300,000 in scholarships to help students achieve their dreams.

College of Business and Innovation Progress Fund (2400089)

The COBI Progress fund is a significant source of funds to support students, faculty and the regional community. This support addresses a variety of important projects and activities, including:

  • Travel, registration and participation in national leadership conferences and competitions by our students who belong to 13 professional student organizations within COBI.
  • Job fairs. COBI’s remarkable and sustained 93 percent job placement rate does not just happen. Productive relationships are maintained and enhanced throughout the year with hundreds of companies whose representatives know they will find the talent they need during our semi-annual job fairs.
  • Student and community outreach activities, such as the Jones Leadership Academy, Young Executive Scholars (Y.E.S.),  the be-WISE-er event, and important multicultural events, such as the UT Indian Students Cultural Organization DIYA celebration.
  • Faculty research. The COBI faculty is intensely engaged in both research and community outreach.
  • Professional development programs, job placements, research, community involvement and more are directly impacted by contributions to the COBI Progress Fund.

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