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U.S. and International High School Students Explore Wall Street and Campus Life at Bentley University
A group of 45 U.S. and international high school students gathered at Bentley University this summer to get an inside look at the financial industry and a taste of college life. Wall Street 101 is a week-long residential business camp held on the Bentley campus in Waltham, Mass. First offered in 2000, the educational summer camp gained immediate popularity among future financiers and has been featured in USA Today and on CNBC.
The interactive program allows students to explore the stock market, learn about investing and portfolio management, and develop leadership and teamwork skills as they conduct simulated trading sessions in Bentley’s state-of-the-art Trading Room. The facility is equipped with real-time market data that is provided by Bloomberg, FactSet, Morningstar, S&P NetAdvantage, and ThomsonOne.
According to Richard Gibble, director of the Hughey Center for Financial Services at Bentley, “The campers are exposed to college level financial concepts taught in a dynamic fashion using Bentley’s Trading Room. They get a very real college experience, complete with a group presentation at the end of the week. We cover a lot of ground in one week and the campers come away with a greater appreciation for what the capital markets are, how they work and why they are important.”
Through these resources student teams learned the fundamentals of valuing securities and constructing a winning portfolio. The week concluded with a formal presentation to parents and members of the Bentley community that will include the rationale for each student's portfolio selection and a detailed financial analysis of the two chosen companies.
All of the Wall Street 101 material is drawn from university-level courses. The program also featured guest lecturers and field-based learning opportunities including trips to Deloitte and Fidelity where students interacted with analysts, traders and portfolio managers.
In addition to gaining a broad overview of the university-level classroom environment, students sample college life by living on campus for the duration of the week and attending a workshop on the application process. Other activities include the use of Bentley's athletic center and cafeteria, movie nights, and field trips into Boston.
BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit www.bentley.edu.
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