Investing In The Future

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College of Business & Public Administration


The University of North Dakota was excited to host more than 2,000 visitors on campus on Thursday and Friday for our annual admissions Fall Open House. High school students from both Minnesota and North Dakota as well as across the country attended.

Prospective students and their families took part in tours and activities all around campus. At the CoBPA we were excited to welcome CoBPA Alumnus, Greg Syrup, Entrepreneurship and MBA grad, to share some insights with students about experiences “Beyond the Classroom” with specific mock exercises related to investment opportunities and testimonials shared from students involved with the Student Managed Investment Fund and Dakota Venture Group.

The synergy between the current students and alumni engage in conversation with prospective students about experiential learning opportunities outside the classroom was excellent. The current students and alumni all agreed that their experience in organizations such as Dakota Venture Group and SMIF, as well as studying abroad, were the highlights of their educational experience while at UND. Representatives from SMIF and DVG also stated the positive impact it had when looking for jobs after graduation.

As students, we were responsible for well over a million dollars and carrying out ordinary business for these investment funds. It was fun to see the reactions of the high school students when we told them about these opportunities! I can only imagine that I had a similar look on my face when someone told me that I could do this as a student. I still can't believe it, the experience was one of a kind,” Greg Syrup, Entrepreneur Consultant.