Business Honors Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Can a Business Honors student still participate in the University Honors or Finance Scholars program? In all three programs?

Absolutely. The School of Business encourages all qualified students to participate in the University Honors Program. Check with your University Honors advisor to find out which Business Honors courses also count for University Honors. Several Business Honors Program students are also members of Finance Scholars. There are a few students each year in BHP, Finance Scholars, and University Honors.

Who's the target audience?

Students with outstanding academic records (3.5 overall KU GPA at minimum), strong records of involvement and leadership at KU, and the intellectual and professional passion to contribute to high-quality honors classes. The Business Honors Program is not looking for resume builders but students with genuine intellectual curiosity and strong interest in leadership and impact in the KU community.

What do I have to do to graduate with Business Honors designation?

Will graduating with the Business Honors designation be included on my diploma and transcript?

No

What benefits will a Business Honors student receive?

  • Honors classes with small class size
  • Honors classes in wide range of business academic areas
  • Honors classes taught by gifted faculty
  • Honors student network.
  • Honors lounge in Capitol Federal Hall. Room 2048.
  • Devlin Fellowships
  • Designated Business Career Services advisor
  • Opportunities for involvement with guest speakers and other distinguished visitors to campus
  • Graduation with Business Honors designation

What are the downsides of being a Business Honors student?

Honors courses will not necessarily be harder than regular business classes, but they will be different. In Business Honors courses, faculty and students collectively endeavor to master course content beyond the traditional mastery expected in non-honors courses. You will be challenged by others of similar aptitude, and you will be expected to live up to your potential. Business Honors Program students are expected to contribute to the overall success of the class.

How much more do I have to pay to be in the Business Honors program?

Zero! Your regular tuition and fees cover the added expenses of the Business Honors Program.

How much longer will it take me to complete the Business Honors program instead of the regular program?

The Business Honors program is the same length as other programs.

How will the Business Honors Program interface with specific majors in the School?

You should see no difference in your program of study. Every major in the school is expected to offer a handful of Honors courses, so you should have no difficulty finding 12 hours of courses to take your final four semesters.

The application requires that I describe my plans for "experiential learning." I'm not familiar with that term.

The Business Honors Program believes that participation in activities outside of the classroom enhances and enriches the undergraduate experience, helping students connect their education to the larger world. Therefore, Business Honors Program students must demonstrate that they have participated in three experiential learning activities during their undergraduate education. These should be in the areas of

  • Leadership,
  • Global competence,
  • Service,
  • Research and leadership,
  • Academic service,
  • Entrepreneurship/social entrepreneurship/consulting,
  • Research,
  • Civic engagement,
  • Business internships, or
  • Participation in the University of Kansas Honors Program.

Learn more information about the experiential learning requirement.

If I have below a 3.5 overall KU GPA, can I still apply and be considered for the Business Honors Program?

Students who do not meet the requirements to apply for the Business Honors Program but may be able to meet the requirements in a future semester and still fulfill the graduation requirements for the program should contact the director of the Business Honors Program, John Hedeman, at hedeman@ku.edu to discuss potential options.

What do I do if a Business Honors Program class is full, and I am unable to enroll in the class?

Students may submit a petition at www.business.ku.edu/petition. You will be accommodated based on availability, room size and whether you are in the final semester and need to class to meet BHP requirement. If you have additional questions about the petition process, please contact Polly Beatty at pbeatty@ku.edu.

What do I do if I need an Business Honors Program class to meet the minimum 12 honors credit hours in order to graduate, but I am not able to take any of the schedule classes?

BHP students should contact the director of the Business Honors Program, John Hedeman, hedeman@ku.edu, about procedures and policies to enhance a regular business school course to become an business honors course. Contacting the BHP director is the required first step in this process.

If I meet all the application requirements for the Business Honors Program, do I need to apply or am I automatically admitted?

Students must apply for the Business Honors Program. See the eligibility and deadlines.

If I apply, when will I know if I have been admitted to the Business Honors Program?

Students will be notified of decisions approximately one week after the deadline for application.

I am interested. How do I apply?


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