Business Leadership Program


From the Director

The Business Leadership Program provides paths and peers to help talented student leaders prepare to lead in their communities and professions. Each year, we welcome approximately 30 of our intellectually curious and committed incoming business school freshman who support, encourage, and challenge each other. 

There is no one perfect leadership style, and many directions in which leadership may take you. The program provides coaching and curriculum to help you find your own strengths, hone your skills, and chart a professional path that excites you. The program supports the students, and ultimately the students support the community with their projects and their leadership.

If you are looking for a supportive community where you will learn and lead together, join us!

Jennifer Kimball Harrison

How do we 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.


  • High school senior directly admitted to the School of Business
  • ACT Superscore must be 28 or higher (or 1310 or higher Evidence-Based Reading/Writing and Math SAT)
  • High school GPA must be 3.5 or higher on a 4-point scale
  • Students must also indicate one of the eight business majors on their application to KU to be considered

The school and accounting program are accredited by AACSB International, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
Our Finance Scholars travel to Wall Street every year
Students in Applied Portfolio Management class manage a fund valued at $1 million
Business students get hands-on experience valuing and analyzing investments
Top 20 undergraduate accounting program —Bloomberg Businessweek
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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