Published on June 23, 2014 by Kara Kennedy  

This spring Samford University's Brock School of Business finance students once again excelled on the Bloomberg Aptitude Test (BAT). The global test is designed to aid employers in identifying and screening students who wish to pursue careers in investment management and financial services. The test encompasses current events in business, finance and economics, as well as business skills and aptitude. 

Samford students scored high on the BAT relative to other university students from around the world, including Europe, North and South America, Asia and the Pacific Rim, and the Middle East and Africa. 

The Brock School of Business made the investment in this state-of-the-art program to provide students the opportunity to learn to analyze and perform research with economic and financial market data in real-time, according to Howard Finch, dean of the Brock School of Business.  In addition, students can become certified in their Bloomberg proficiency skills while still enrolled in school. 

"The BAT results provide concrete evidence of our return on this investment," Finch said.  "Our students demonstrated a level of performance that indicates they are well-prepared to make immediate contributions as research and investment professionals following graduation."  Employers worldwide have access to the test results from Bloomberg when seeking to fill positions at their companies.    


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.