Undergraduate Business Honors Program
The Business Honors Program allows an elite cadre of undergraduate Business School students to participate in a special set of enrichments. Graduating with Business Honors requires that students admitted to the programs complete at least 12 hours of Business Honors classes. They will also be expected to be deeply involved in the life of the School, routinely assuming leadership positions and taking advantage of experiential learning opportunities.
Business Honors students are asked to prepare an aspirations profile as part of their membership in the program. Each aspirations profile details how students will enrich their time as a business student at KU. You can view each class' profiles on their roster.
Honors classes are taught by award-winning faculty and are both challenging and interactive.
If you're ready to apply to the honors program, you can apply online.
Frequently Asked Questions
Strictly speaking, applicants should have at least 45 credit hours counting toward graduation with at least one semester completed at KU.
Students will be expected to have at least four semesters remaining before graduation so those with more than 65 credit hours will typically not be accepted.
Applicants will normally demonstrate high academic achievement and potential with cumulative and Business GPAs of at least 3.75.
Just as important as high academic achievement and potential is exceptional involvement and leadership in the Business School. Successful applicants will have well documented profiles on such dimensions at KU.
Agree to publication of your Aspirations Profile on the School's web page and elsewhere. The Aspirations Profile is where applicants articulate what they intend to accomplish outside the classroom during their junior and senior years, describing accomplishments.
Agree to update the Aspirations Profile near the end of each semester of the junior and senior years.
Maintain no less than a 3.50 cumulative GPA. Remain a student in good standing in the School of Business.
Honors students will also have special access to resources of the School such as:
- A special point of contact in the Business Career Services Center for internships and permanent placement.
- A mentoring program with distinguished alumni and other successful members of the business community.
- Opportunities for involvement with guest speakers and other distinguished visitors to campus.
You will be challenged by others of like aptitude and gifts. You will be expected to live up to your potential. The Aspirations Profile will celebrate your accomplishments publicly.
- Some classes, especially in Entrepreneurship, primarily involve client contact.
- Finance Scholars experience the capital markets directly, such as the Jayhawks on Wall Street program and through the Applied Portfolio management course.
- Having a business executive serve as your mentor provides special insights.
- Studying abroad lets students experience new languages, business practices and cultures.
- The list could continue, but the purpose is to let you figure out how you plan to enrich your time in the Business Honors program.