Diamonds in the Rough: Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business

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Corporate connections are a major selling point at Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business. Located in the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex, the school offers its MBA students access to a large network of corporate representatives and recruiters—from the 20 Fortune 500 companies with headquarters in the area to a 117,000-strong global alumni base. In fact, Dallas is surpassed only by New York City in being home to more top 1,000 public companies and top 1,000 private companies. One highlight of the networking resources Cox provides is the Associate Board, an executive mentoring program that pairs MBA students with business leaders and entrepreneur from every major industry.

The Economist ranked Cox’s small, collaborative program 25th for “potential to network” in 2013. In addition, Entrepreneur magazine has ranked business-friendly Dallas second among U.S. cities for entrepreneurs.

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