Student looking at a large white board filled with financial equations
Warrington student Anna Potts (BSBA '19, MIB '19) studies for the CFA Level I exam. Anna was among the 41 percent of candidates who passed.

What you think you know about Warrington students is wrong

We hear the misconceptions. We’ve seen the memes. Let us clear up some of the myths you may have read online with the facts. 

Myth: You can only fail into Warrington as an undergraduate student

Fact: Sure, you can fail into Warrington if it doesn’t work out at another college on campus, but you can also fail out of Warrington. Have you struggled through Business Finance? Did you pull multiple all-nighters to pass Financial Accounting? The road to a Warrington degree isn’t packed with easy A’s – no matter what your friends on Facebook may say.

Myth: Warrington students are a bunch of rich kids

Fact: Warrington students need scholarships just like students from every other college. You don’t have to come from a wealthy upbringing to stand out and succeed. Warrington students have access to and take advantage of many scholarship opportunities. From the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program, which benefits students who are first in their families to attend college, to the Baldwin, Little, Sun and Wu Sunshine Scholarship, which was started by one of our many standout alumni, Warrington ensures there are no barriers to an elite business education.

Myth: There is zero diversity at Warrington

Fact: No matter your background, you’ll find a home at Warrington. Of the more than 7,000 Warrington students, 44% are from underrepresented ethnicities and 44% are female students. The Master of Science in Information Systems and Operations Management, Master of International Business, Master of Science in Management, Doctor of Business Administration and Ph.D. programs are each made up of more than 50 percent of students from underrepresented ethnicities. In the Fisher School of Accounting and Master of International Business, female students are in the majority, representing more than 50 percent of each program. Organizations like Florida Women in Business, Latin American Women in Business and Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting help undergraduate students gain experience and build their network, while graduate students have access to the Black Business Student Association, National Association of Women MBAs and more.

And besides the diversity of our students, 50% of Heavener students graduated with an international experience in 2019. We make sure that students are pushed out of their comfort zone to gain unique cultural and professional perspectives from around the world, and scholarships are available to make it a reality for all students.

Myth: Warrington students have a lot of free time

Fact: Ask Nelly Wilson, Christine Haworth or these three MBA students if they have a lot of time. If you have a lot of free time at Warrington, you’re not maximizing the student experience. Even with many electronic platform classes lined up for underclassmen, students still take advantage of more than 35 organizations with like-minded peers. There are also more than 10 student organizations in which UF MBA students can get involved. Some of the most respected businesses in the world frequent the Warrington campus to speak with students and recruit.

Students also prioritize internships throughout their experience at Warrington. They benefit from direct experience in professional environments, which sometimes even turn into a job offer. Professional development opportunities are available for students of all majors and programs. If a Warrington student finds themselves with too much time on their hands, we recommend checking out the college’s student organizations and calendar of events

Myth: Warrington is all about the large paychecks

Fact: Warrington students are motivated by innovating and solving problems. No matter their major or graduate program, they set their sights on what it takes to stand out in their industry. Often times, the large paychecks come from their desire to fill a gap in the market.

And not all of our students even go into the corporate world. Many are fueled by their passions for helping others – like Master of International Business alumni Nicolette Duong and Javier Castano – or innovating their family businesses – like Thomas S. Johnson Master of Science in Entrepreneurship alumnus Walker Flynn – or building their own companies – like MBA alumnus Alfonso Tejada or Thomas S. Johnson Master of Science in Entrepreneurship alumna Isabella Silverio. A Warrington degree jump starts a career in many different fields, including non-profits, startups and companies that prioritize social issues.