Participation and leadership in student activities are some of the best ways to invest your time as a student. These organizations give you the opportunity to distinguish yourself and to connect professionally with other talented Valpo students — and with students and professionals around the world.
College of Business students are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities on campus, including the following organizations.
Delta Sigma Pi is America’s foremost professional business fraternity for men and women. The group serves to foster the study of business in universities, to encourage scholarship and social activity, to connect business students with the commercial world, and to raise the standards of commercial ethics. The Kappa Phi chapter at Valpo, which has received a variety of regional awards, is open to all business, economics, and actuarial science majors.
Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) is the largest student business organization in the world. The Valpo chapter of FBLA-PBL is open to all majors across campus, and members benefit from professional development activities such as guest speakers and film screenings. Members also travel to state and national competitions, at which Valpo FBLA-PBL excels. In 2013, Valpo earned the national championship at the FBLA-PBL National Leadership Conference.
The Financial Management Association (FMA) is an international organization that offers students the opportunity to be part of an exclusive network of finance professionals, practitioners and students around the world. The FMA provides resources for job searching, careers in finance, finance certifications, networking, and much more. The Valpo chapter of the FMA brings prominent financial leaders to campus through the Distinguished Leaders Speaker Series.
The Accounting Club at Valparaiso College of Business was established in 2021. The Accounting Club seeks to engage students with accounting related activities and accounting homework support from senior peers. Trips to large and small accounting firms are organized annually and accounting professionals are regularly invited to speak to students on a one-to-one basis about the profession. Students are supported by an Accounting faculty member and are encouraged to take positions of responsibility in the club, encouraging leadership and growth as they mature into young professionals.
The Business Analytics Club was established in 2021. The Business Analytics Club engages with local businesses and provides opportunities for students to consult on real business problems. Students in the club identify a real-world business problem, discuss it, analyze data, examine findings, converse on possible solutions, and present analysis to companies. Additionally, the club occasionally hosts local business speakers on campus.
The Society of Women in Business is a club dedicated to building a community for the female identifying students completing a business major or minor in the College of Business. Through workshops, guest speakers, and social events, this club is meant to help female students build their confidence and professional skills to successfully transition from their roles as students to employees and future business leaders.
Beta Gamma Sigma is the international honor society for exceptional students of AACSB-accredited business programs. At universities with AACSB accreditation worldwide, membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest honor that a business student can receive.
Alpha Iota Delta is the international honor society in the decision sciences and information systems. It recognizes undergraduate and graduate students with a love and aptitude for problem-solving. Inductees are chosen for their exceptional coursework in Decision Sciences and Information Systems. Valpo has hosted a chapter since 1991.
The Dean’s Leadership Council is composed of student representatives from each academic level: freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior. The Council serves in an advisory capacity to the dean. During the College of Business strategic planning process, the Council was active in organizing focus groups, gathering student input, and providing their feedback to a draft of the plan.