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The Foster Effect

The Foster School earns high marks for employer satisfaction, academic reputation, alumni advancement, and return on investment – but the bottom line of any business school is economic impact. Read more about Foster’s proven impact here.

17,100Companies Founded
909,378Jobs Created
$100.7 billionAnnual Revenues Generated

Across programs, the Foster School alumni survey found a significant impact on both alumni careers and the economy of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Hear directly from Alumni about their experience at Foster and beyond.


Reuters Top 100 named the University of Washington the #1 most innovative public university in the world. Over the last 10 years, over 540 companies have been launched by graduate students with more than $350M in fundraising and investment. The annual Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge is just one of the many opportunities hosted by Foster’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship – solving some of the world’s most pressing environmental problems with innovations that have market potential.

Student Teams Engage in Virtual Environmental Innovation Challenge

Student teams redefined the term “showcase” at the all-virtual 2020 Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge (EIC). The event, hosted by the UW Foster School’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, utilized virtual meeting rooms to connect nearly 200 students and judges. After several hours…

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April 3, 2020

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Beyond the classroom

Take your learning experience outside of the classroom and engage with companies and organizations through Applied Strategy consulting projects, our famed Executive Mentor Program, Challenge for Charity (C4C) competition, or the Board Fellows Program – just a few examples of experiential learning at Foster.

Board Fellows Program

The Board Fellows Program at Foster is the largest Board Fellows Program in the country, impacting over 2.5 million people annually! Foster MBA students serve as advisory, non-voting board members of local nonprofit organizations throughout Washington State as well as California and New York.

Students develop a technology plan or data dashboards, or assist with succession planning and plan onboarding for new board members, as well as advise on strategies for fundraising, engagement, recruitment, or changes in bylaws and best practices. Students who are passionate about supporting environmental justice, human rights, equity, strong communities, health, food access, the arts, and many other causes help to affect change while gaining valuable leadership experience.

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Foster Wins the C4C Competition!

At approximately 11:30 pm on April 13th2019, a crowd of 200+ Foster students, huddled together in front of a stage on the Stanford campus, erupted in joy. Foster School of Business was declared the 2019 C4C champions and people in…

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April 30, 2019

Applied Strategy Projects at Foster

As part of the Foster curriculum, every full-time MBA student participates in a consulting project during winter quarter. This academic course, called Applied Strategy, pairs teams of students with companies to solve complex business problems. Applied Strategy projects provide students…

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October 19, 2018

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