Business Leadership Program


How does the program define leadership?
We have a broad definition of leadership. We view a leader as a person who uses their own skills and strengths to motivate others toward positive change. The way that any particular leader accomplishes that feat will depend very much on that leader’s own strengths, style and aims.  One key goal of the program is to help you develop your own leadership strengths, style and aims. 
I didn't receive an invitation to apply. Why not? Can I still apply?
Students do not have to receive an invitation to apply. Students who meet the eligibility criteria and have been admitted to the University of Kansas School of Business by December 1 will receive invitations. 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 15 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 15 priority deadline and try to increase my ACT/SAT score and/or high school GPA later?
Students must meet the eligibility requirements in order to apply by the by the priority deadline (December 15). Students who increase test scores or GPA by February 15 may apply during the late application period. Students should contact Jennifer Harrison, Director of the Business Leadership Program, at if they have any questions about eligibility.
What is the application deadline?
The priority deadline is 11:59 p.m. December 15. The late application period deadline is 11:59 p.m. February 15.
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! Current students involved in both programs have successfully balanced the classroom and co-curricular requirements. Being associated with either or both programs at KU will enhance your educational experience. However, you do not need to be admitted to the University Honors Program to apply for BLP. In fact, part of our application mirrors part of the Honors Program application.
Am I automatically admitted to the Jack Dicus Business Honors program if I accept admission to the BLP?
No. Students will typically apply to the Jack Dicus Business Honors program during the second semester of their freshman or 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.
I still have questions about BLP. Who can I contact?
Feel free to contact Director Jennifer Harrison at or, for the student perspective, contact Francisco Flores, BLP’s recruitment chair, at

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