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UIC Business Scholars

UIC Business Scholars

A highly selective four-year leadership and development program.

UIC Business Scholars is a selective leadership development and scholarship program for top performing, highly motivated undergraduates. Working closely with faculty and business professionals, Business Scholars receive a solid foundation in business coupled with in-depth knowledge and technical skills to ensure they excel in the competitive world of international business.

Innovative Curriculum

Business Scholars offers special activities and cohort classes designed to develop critical thinking and leadership capabilities.

  • Business Scholars-specific section for business core courses
  • Simulation courses and experiential learning designed to foster leadership and management skills
  • Capstone course integrating business scholarship with managerial decision making
  • Business Scholars seminars led by industry experts
  • Designated academic adviser
  • Faculty mentor from the student’s major
  • Skill-enhancing service opportunities
  • Tours of Chicago-area corporations with Q & A sessions with corporate leaders
  • Internships and job shadowing with leading Chicago-area companies
  • Plentiful alumni networking opportunities
Collegiate Association of Business Scholars

The Collegiate Association of Business Scholars is a student organization designed specifically for Business Scholars. CABS provides Business Scholars with a range of resources, including professional and service opportunities.

Below is a list of CABS activities and programs:

  • Peer mentoring program
  • Social, networking and service events
  • Collaboration with other student organizations
  • Tutoring opportunities

Recent Guest Speakers

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Mary Dillon

UIC Business alum and CEO of Ulta

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Sally Washlow

President of Cobra Electronics

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Joseph V. Tortorice

Founder, Chief Executive Officer and President, Deli Management, Inc.


Application Requirements

Business Scholars is a specialized program for high-acheiving students. Our admission criteria is:

  • 27+ ACT
  • 3.4 Unweighted High School GPA
  • Ranked in top 10% of High School Class


Students that meet these requirements will be contacted for an interview.
How to Apply

To apply for the Business Scholars program, please fill out the supplemental application found in the Common Application. If you have questions, please contact Rachel Marten at

Our priority deadline is December 1 and the final deadline is January 15, 2017.

Meet our Scholars

William Perkins, Class of 2019

William Perkins, Class of 2019

"Already in my first semester, I have learned so much about professional presence from my BA 100 class that I've noticed the lessons have become a part of my daily life. Also, since I have been at school, the thought that I am a 'Business Scholar' has inspired me to work harder and to truly represent this title. What I like the most about the Business Scholars Program is that I have a  smart group of peers that motivate me each day, which is why I never have to worry about not knowing anyone or being alone." - See more at:

Michael Martinez, Class of 2019

Michael Martinez, Class of 2019

"The Business Scholars Program is wonderful for professional development and networking. The skills that I am learning in this program already provide me with confidence. Thanks to UIC Business Scholars, I know that whatever my career path may be, I will possess a strong professional presence." - See more at:

Britney Scott, Class of 2019

Britney Scott, Class of 2019

Freshman Britney Scott sees a lot of value in the family relationships among the Business Scholars. “There is a wide variety of skills and experiences among the different members, some of whom have been through courses I’ll be taking, and some of whom already have an internship under their belt,” Scott said. “Between Professor Spanjol’s [Scott's mentor] advice and the insight I get from older family members, I have a strong sense of the necessary steps to reach my goals.” - See more at:

Scholar Activities

Outings and Field Trips

Business Scholars is a rigorous program, which is why we build in plenty of fun. Each year, scholars and faculty go on outings such as Cubs and Sox baseball games, or head down the street to the United Center to watch the BlackHawks. We also get together in Student Center East for an annual bowling party. Scholars are afforded ample opportunity to build friendships among the cohort and get to know their professors, all part of graduating from UIC Business with a strong professional network.

Company Visit

Company visits give scholars the opportunity to make valuable industry connections as well as see the inner workings of area companies. Seeing a work environment up close and meeting those who spend their days there can help you determine the best path for your own career.