FAQs

Do I have to pursue a business major to participate?
Yes. Students must be actively pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business degree to participate in the Business Leadership Program. Pre-business, business minor, and non-business majors are not eligible.
I didn't receive an invitation to apply. Why not? Can I still apply?
Students do not have to receive an invitation to apply. Invitations are mailed to students who meet the eligibility criteria and have been admitted to the University of Kansas School of Business by December 1. Students who decide to become business majors after December 1 or who become qualified to apply because of improved standardized test scores may apply by the February 1 late application deadline. Therefore, it is not necessary to be invited to apply to submit an application.
I currently do not meet the eligibility requirements. Can I still apply before the December 1st priority deadline and try to increase my ACT/SAT score and/or high school GPA later?
Students must meet the ACT and GPA minimums in order to apply by the by the priority deadline (December 1). Students who increase test scores or GPA by February 1 may apply during the late application period.  Students should contact John Hedeman, Director of the Business Leadership Program at businessleaders@ku.edu if they have any questions about eligibility.
What is the application deadline?
The priority deadline December 1. The late application period deadline is February 1.
Do I have to continue with the program to receive the first-year scholarship?
Yes. Students must meet the program requirements after their first fall semester to receive the second half of their first-year scholarship.
I also want to participate in the University Honors program. Will I have enough time to do both?
Absolutely! A common concern is that students will over-extend themselves if they are admitted to and participate in both the University Honors Program and the Business Leadership Program. While at times it may be challenging, current students involved in both programs have successfully balanced the classroom and co-curricular requirements. We believe that being associated with either or both programs at KU will greatly enhance your educational experience.
Am I automatically admitted to the Business Honors program if I accept admission to the BLP?
No. Students will typically apply to the Business Honors program during the second semester of the sophomore year. While participation in the BLP can certainly help students build a strong application, admission to the Business Honors program is an independent process and candidates are evaluated based on their academic achievements and experiences at KU.
Once I am a member Business Leadership Program, what standards must I meet to remain in the program?
To continue in the Business Leadership Program, you must successfully complete BUS 200 in the fall and spring semesters of your freshman and sophomore years with a grade of “B” or better each semester.  You must maintain a 3.0 or higher KU and KU Professional (business courses & ECON 142 & 144) GPA.  You must be in good standing within the University of Kansas School of Business.  Business Leadership Program students who fail to meet these requirements will be dropped from the program and will lose any associated scholarships.

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