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Finance is one of five concentrations in the business administration major. Business administration majors often choose more than one concentration, and may also combine with other majors.

→ See Business Administration.

What are new grads doing (and how did they get there)?

Michaela Magee ’23 works for Ernst & Young in Tysons, Va., a job offer she received after a summer internship. In high school Michaela was shy and "lacked confidence," but at Augustana she grew to become a leader on an Augustana team in the 2023 CFA (Chartered Financial Analysis) Research Challenge, in her sorority, and as a varsity tennis captain.

Virgel Ross Carillo ’23 is an auditor with Crowe LLP. Coming from Manila, Philippines, Virgel was a "typical" Augustana student in the ways he succeeded at balancing all of his interests and experiences—which included enlisting with the U.S. Army Reserve. He was a member of Augustana’s outstanding business simulation team of students who scored in the top 10% of all teams worldwide

Celine Pham ’23 became interested in financial engineering after participating in the 2023 CFA Research Challenge (see story below), and now she is pursuing a master’s in engineering in financial technology at Duke University in Durham, NC.

Nate Sammer ’23 is a business and finance manager for O’Neal Builders in Bloomington, Ill. He exemplifies how a student can come to Augustana without a major in mind, and have plenty of time to try out different fields and learn a lot (including Swedish throughout his first year) until finding the perfect fit.


Van Bui '24, Celine Pham '23 and Ghita Belaid '23
Van Bui '24, Celine Pham '23 and Ghita Belaid '23

Augie sends two teams to CFA Challenge finals

Augustana’s two CFA Institute Research Challenge teams presented their research at Morningstar, Inc., hosted by the CFA Society Chicago in early March. Out of 16 teams, seven advanced as finalists, including Augustana’s two teams.

“The competition was fierce, and the bar gets higher and higher every year,” said Dr. Lina Zhou, faculty advisor for Augustana’s teams. → Continue reading

Danny Ford in Greece

How to start a dream job right after (or before) graduating from Augustana

Three 2024 grads show what can happen with curiosity, internships, good challenges and support from their Augustana success team.

Leadership Academy

Students attend national character and leadership symposium

Four students represented Augustana at the 31st annual National Character and Leadership Symposium (NCLS) at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. NCLS is an annual two-day symposium in which participants hear distinguished scholars, military leaders, corporate executives and world-class athletes share stories of character and leadership.

Phuong Lu with Doug Tschopp and Andy Shearouse

'Fruitful Oasis' pitch wins top prize at Business Plan Competition

Eight Augustana students won honors and prize money at the eighth annual Business Plan Competition.