Q: How many applicants are admitted into the Business Scholars Program?
A: Although the Business Scholars Program is selective, we admit as many qualified individuals as apply. The goal is to be inclusive rather than exclusive.
Q: What is the GPA requirement for the Business Scholars Program?
A: There is no GPA requirement. GPA is one factor in several criteria aimed to give us a well-rounded look at each applicant. To remain in the Program, Business Scholars must maintain good standing with the College. For more information, check the Admission Information.
Q: How will my academic interests be integrated with my experience in the Business Scholars Program?
A: Each Business Scholar has an opportunity to personalize their course of study within the Program through electives, projects, Project-based Internships and co-curricular requirements . For example, let’s say you are a Psychology major. The Business Scholars Program would enable you to explore careers such as Marketing Research or Human Resource Management, which both emphasize Psychology as the basis for decision making.
Q: Can I study abroad and still participate in the Business Scholars Program?
A: Definitely! The Business Scholars Program wants to enhance your educational experience, not limit it. All College-approved off-campus opportunities are available to you. Business Scholars have studied in Washington, Australia, Belgium, and Philadelphia. Each program may have its own requirements, so plan ahead. Contact Uschi Appelt for study abroad programs, and for the Washington and Philadelphia Centers, contact the Office of Experiential Learning.
Q: Do I have to find my own internship?
A: No. One of the benefits of being a Business Scholar is that you will complete a Project-based Internship matching your interests. The Business Scholars Program will help you find potential internship hosts and develop projects that will be mutually beneficial to both you and your host company. A list of past placements is listed on the Project-based Internship Placements page.
Q: Will I get paid for my internship?
A: Some Project-based Internships are paid by the host, and some are not. Where the host does not pay, the Business Scholars Program provides Business Scholars with a stipend. We don’t want to make Business Scholars choose between having a valuable learning experience and working a summer job to pay for school. If you are placed away from home, the Business Program will also help you find housing.
Q: Will I be able to handle the Business Scholars Program and complete my major as well as degree requirements?
A: You bet! The Business Scholars Program has fewer required courses than a major and most minors. Entering the Program does take planning, view the Curricular Requirements and Curriculum Planning Sheet.
Q: What is the time commitment outside of class?
A: Business Scholars are expected to attend at least nine workshops and co-curricular activities by the end of their senior year. The time commitment is more than in most courses, but all requirements are meant to help you prepare for your career.
Q: How is the Business Scholars Program different from a Business Major?
A: Very different. The Business Scholars Program is modeled after MBA programs and other top business programs. It is unabashedly practical. Through Project-based Internships and consulting projects, Business Scholars gain business experience. The curriculum integrates business principles throughout the core and elective classes. The value of this integration is the continual application of concepts through the use of cases and real world business examples. As a graduate of the Business Scholars Program, you will have tools that separate you from other applicants for employment or graduate school.