The EY Partners in Education Program is an exciting initiative at the Isenberg School to help promote diversity in business professions. The initiative includes a first-year residential academic program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for students from underrepresented populations who are interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in business. The program provides services to student participants in their first year of college as they work to gain entry to the Isenberg School. Students in the EY Partners in Education program are guaranteed admission to the Isenberg School BBA program upon successfully meeting specific requirements by the start of their sophomore year.
Students considered for participation in the program must have applied to the Isenberg School as incoming freshman. Eligible students have a strong academic record and are selected by the Isenberg School and the University’s Undergraduate Admissions Office for participation. Any student who meets the requirements will be considered and contacted by the Isenberg Undergraduate Programs Office.
In the first year, students will take the Isenberg School and the University general education requirements. A typical first-year schedule includes:
First Semester Courses
AL or AT or I Gen-Ed Course
SB Gen-Ed Course
SCH-MGMT 191P "Corporate Seminar"
Second Semester Courses
Economics 103 or Res-Econ 102
DU or DG Gen-Ed Course
BS or PS or SI Gen- Ed Course
Non-Business Elective Course
SCH-MGMT 192P "Corporate Seminar"
Participants of the Ernst & Young Partners in Education Program will receive assistance and advice from professional and student mentors. A professional from Ernst & Young, LLP will meet once per semester with the participants. Also, students will meet twice per month with a student mentor throughout their first year.
Students will participate in corporate visits to the Ernst & Young offices in Boston, Hartford, and New York City. Through these visits students will learn about the various professions available at a large public accounting firm as well as how the firm works with its clients.
The Ernst & Young Partners in Education Program is part of Isenberg’s Diversity in Management Education Services (DiMES) program. For more information on this and other diversity programs at Isenberg contact Melvin Rodriguez at 413.545.5610.