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If the world of finance and numbers fascinate you, then consider applying to the Keeley Center Academy. Admission to the academy will put you on the fastrack to a competitive and exciting career in finance.
To learn more, we encourage you to attend an information session hosted by the Department of Finance & Real Estate or to email
Martin Essenburg, executive director of the John L. Keeley Jr. Center for Financial Services:
Details for upcoming info sessions will be posted during the spring quarter through email blasts and announcements from your professors in D2L.
Each new cohort starts in September at the beginning of the academic year.
The Keeley Academy is a two-year co-curricular program.
Yes, but you don't have to decide now. At the end of the first year, after you have had the opportunity to learn more about the career path that best suits your interests, you will be able to choose between the Banking & Capital Markets Track or the Investment Management Track.
The academy meets once a week on Thursday evenings, from 6 to 9 p.m. (Central Daylight Time).
Rising sophomores and juniors who are intended/declared finance majors, accounting/MIS and Strobel Honors students, real estate majors, economics majors, computer science majors, and math majors with either financial mathematics or quantitative analysis & applied research concentrations.
If a non-finance major joins the academy, the student must complete a finance minor.
To be eligible, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and must have taken (or be currently taking) all of the prerequisites for FIN 310.
The recruiting and application process for each new cohort begins in the spring quarter. We encourage you to attend an information session hosted by the Department of Finance & Real Estate or to email Martin Essenburg, executive director of the John L. Keeley Jr. Center for Financial Services. Details for upcoming info sessions will be posted during the spring quarter through email blasts and announcements from your professors in D2L.
The second step of the application process will require you to submit a written application, which will be reviewed by the Keeley Center Academy Admissions Committee.
Your application may be admitted or rejected based on the strength or weakness of your application. If the Academy Admissions Committee decides that you would benefit from an interview, then the third step is for you to be invited for an interview.
Finally, the fourth step is for the Academy Admissions Committee to make admission decisions.
Decisions will be communicated by mid-June.
"The Keeley Center Academy has provided me with the skills, knowledge, experience and network connections necessary to achieve my career goals. Most importantly, it has created a community in which I feel supported and have the opportunity to support others. Through this program, I have been able to work with a very talented group of students and faculty that push me to be the best version of myself."
If you have any questions or comments, contact
Martin Essenburg, executive director of the John L. Keeley Jr. Center for Financial Services, at: