The Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver (DU) was among the first schools of higher education in the United States to admit female students to its MBA programs and other studies in finance. In 1945, Ida S. Eggland and Nellie Edith Camblin became the first DU women to earn their MBAs, a full decade and a half before Harvard University’s business school opened its doors to female students. Today, more than 40% of the school’s students are women.
Throughout its history, Daniels has demonstrated its commitment to recruiting the brightest, most capable business students, regardless of their gender. In 1908, the year it was founded, the school’s first graduating class included women, and the first female certified public accountant in its program completed her studies three years later. In the 1920s and ‘30s, fully one-third of the Daniels student body consisted of women. By 1944, almost two-thirds of the college’s students were female.
Today, student groups at the Daniels College of Business include Daniels Women in Business, which works to champion expanded leadership opportunities and professional development for women. In addition, its Delta Sigma Pi co-educational fraternity serves the needs of men and women in business-focused programs.