Why I Chose Golisano Institute for Business & Entrepreneurship

July 1, 2024

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On the journey to success, being in an environment that aligns with your strengths can speed up your progress. After trading a traditional college experience for the working world, I realized what I didn’t want and was ready to build my own path to business success. I sought an opportunity to enhance my skill set and find a career path that matched my strengths and talents. This led me to explore local business programs, and my search brought me to Golisano Institute for Business & Entrepreneurship due to its innovative approach and entrepreneurial-minded community. After a stress-free application process, I’m now in my third quarter of the program and am reflecting on how this learning environment has positively impacted my life. Here are my top reasons to attend Golisano Institute for Business & Entrepreneurship: 

Sense of Community

As part of our inaugural cohort, I have experienced the progressive community-building phases and cultural development at Golisano Institute firsthand. It has been amazing to feel welcomed and a part of such a growing family. With small class sizes of no more than 25 students, we spend a lot of time together over multiple courses. This fosters the development of deeper relationships and encourages meaningful conversations that link our coursework. Each student can provide unique value to the community and can leave their mark on the program.

Networking Opportunities

It’s not all about what you know but who you know and who knows you. I come from a small town where the opportunity to grow through networking was almost non-existent. At Golisano Institute, local business owners share their success stories every Wednesday during “Speaking from Experienceand provide new opportunities to meet Rochester’s best and brightest on campus. Not only do I have the chance to meet established business owners and industry-leading minds, but I also consider every one of my peers to be part of my expanding network.  


Cost was the primary factor when I was considering continuing my business education. Still managing previous educational debt, I needed a place that would provide quality programming at an affordable price. Tuition set at $8,900 covers my courses, books, and technology, and the financial assistance and quarterly payment options here made the decision even easier.  I have been impressed with the number of doors opened for me during my time so far, whether it’s career and internship opportunities or networking wins, giving me the sense of a return on my investment already.  

Entrepreneurial Environment

When you get a group of entrepreneurs in the same building, you can feel the excitement of big ideas in the air. From the staff to the students, we all share a similar growth mindset and are driven by creativity, innovation, and a desire to improve daily. Self-improvement and career development are encouraged here as we all strive to become the best versions of ourselves. With new actionable tips being discussed daily, the energy is always high as we share our wins, lessons, and breakthroughs.

Accelerated Timeframe

As an entrepreneur and active community member, I needed my education to fit my busy schedule. Taking 32 courses within two years was the accelerated path I was looking for. My coursework is strategically integrated, providing a holistic and thorough learning experience. The time commitment from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. and intentional course structure allows me to dedicate every day to enhancing my business acumen while still having time to spend with family and friends and pursue personal projects. Taking four courses each quarter enables me to set healthy goals and be appropriately challenged. Even with the flexible schedule, the program emphasizes business rigor and challenges me to gain a deeper understanding of complex ideas, enabling me to immediately apply my learning to new situations outside the Institute. 

There’s no better time than now to pursue your goals, and with an educational option that provides these five things, you’re sure to be set up for success. If you are ready to grow and explore your future business career, I encourage you to visit our website and schedule a visit.   

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