Student Experience

How hard could it be? You’re given 20 sticks of spaghetti, three feet of string and tape, and 18 minutes to crown a free-standing structure with one delicious marshmallow. Turns out, the Marshmallow Challenge isn’t as easy as it sounds.

Scott Gates is the vice president and general manager of Western Window Systems, an international window and door manufacturer based in Phoenix. A 2004 graduate of the W. P. Carey School and current Executive MBA student, this Sun Devil says donning maroon and gold for a second time was his obvious — and only — choice.

We like to say that the W. P. Carey School is where business is personal®. It means a lot to us and it also means a lot of different things. For example, we emphasize smaller class sizes, because it fosters relationships with your fellow students, who also become vital teammates as you work through the program.

The W. P. Carey School of Business is honored to sponsor Forté Foundation, a nonprofit consortium of corporations and top business schools working together to pioneer change for women in business. Forté helps launch women into fulfilling and significant careers in business, through access to business education, career opportunities, and a community of successful women.

There are different kinds of business schools. Some foster a more competitive environment; the thinking is that it prepares you for the rough-and-tumble real world. There are some that have massive lecture courses with hundreds of students. There are b-schools that seem to believe just having their name attached to your LinkedIn profile is benefit enough. But that's not how we do things at the W. P. Carey School.