ESSCA equips students and managers for a successful and sustainable career while taking fully into account the human and social dimensions of a globalized world. This is achieved through high level academic and professional management programs, developed by research-active faculty, a strong student mentoring system and respect for the traditional humanist values on which the school was founded. Each year ESSCA welcomes 3 000 students and trainees in continuing education. Out of over 5,000 candidates in the competitive entrance examination, 600 have been admitted into the 1st year of the Grande Ecole Program. ESSCA also recruits more than 100 French and international students into its different master programs. ESSCA's alumni quickly join the corporate world--90% of them find their first position in less than the three months following their graduation, and 96% of them state that they are pleased with this first job. Differing from the traditional model of the French Grande Ecole, ESSCA has moved closer to international practices with an integrated five-year curriculum in the spirit of the European "LMD" structure--three years consecrated to mastering fundamental knowledge, developing structured critical thinking and discovering the workings of the corporate world--ESSCA students are guided in their choice of master's programs to acquire a solid specialization in business and a genuine international, professional and cultural dimension.