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Building Business Leaders

What is Building Business Leaders?

Building Business Leaders is a small cohort program for pre-business students who identify with historically underrepresented minority family backgrounds. It is a multicultural Academic Residential Community that combines a supportive environment with a high-performance culture designed to generate student leaders who confidently progress through the rigorous first-year curriculum. Building Business Leaders and the College of Business Residential Community live together as one community. Students who complete Building Business Leaders are inducted into the Lundquist College of Business CEO Network, the organization of students of color pursuing business and their professional success. They continue with professional events and cohort activities up to their graduation and beyond.

What is the benefit of living and learning in a business community?

The community was designed to combat stereotype threat, a common hindrance to peak performance of minority students in a rigorous academic setting. In this community, you will:

  • live alongside other first-year students taking similar prebusiness courses
  • connect with a support group of friends with similar family experiences and backgrounds
  • be mentored by previous community participants and Lundquist College of Business faculty
  • increase your confidence on applications for internships and scholarships
  • get a clear plan for completing your degree in four years.

What courses will we take?

Students selected for Building Business Leaders will enroll in courses designed to give the students a head start on business curriculum during their first year.

  • BA 101 Introduction to Business, fall term (4 credits)
  • SUBS 199 Sports Business and Society, winter term (4 credits)
  • BA 199 Building Business Leaders for two consecutive terms (1 credit)
  • These courses satisfy specific pre-business administration requirements, and BA 101 is also Social Science group satisfying.


Building Business Leaders is currently located in Earl Hall. Please note that Academic Residential Communities can be moved to different residence hall buildings if the size or need of the community changes. 

How do I apply?

All first-year students are eligible. 

  • First - Apply for University Housing and select Building Business Leaders on the "Community Preference" section.
  • Second - Complete the "Community Questions" section on the housing application. This will ensure that the faculty director will be able to review your application to live in this community. The faculty director will be in contact with you before summer to determine your placement in this community.

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