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UIC Business Scholars

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A highly selective four-year leadership and development program.

A cohort of top performing, highly motivated undergraduates are chosen for this highly selective four-year leadership development and scholarship program. Working closely with faculty and business professionals, they receive a solid foundation in business coupled with in-depth knowledge and technical skills to ensure they excel in the competitive, international business world.

Important Application Information

If you did not submit an application via the Common Application, you can submit a supplemental application here.
Please do not submit another essay if you filled out the CommonApp supplemental question. Contact Rachel Marten, Assistant Director of the Business Scholars Program at with any questions.


Innovative Curriculum

Business Scholars offers special activities and cohort classes designed to challenge students' minds and expand their leadership capabilities.

  • Business Scholars section for business core courses
  • Scholars develop leadership and management skills through simulations courses and experiential learning
  • Capstone course focusing on integrating business knowledge for effective decision making
  • Weekly Business Scholars seminar
  • Personal Support
  • Designated academic adviser
  • Faculty mentor from the student’s major
  • Cohort design enhances peer relations among fellow business students
  • Skill-based workshops
  • Job search and interviewing tips for career success
  • Skill-enhancing service opportunities
  • Tour Chicago-area corporations with Q & A sessions with corporate leaders
  • Intern with leading Chicago-area companies
  • Job shadow successful professionals in one’s field
  • Network with successful alumni
Collegiate Association of Business Scholars

The student organization designed specifically for Business Scholars seeks to identify resources, professional and service opportunities for students in the program.

Below is a list of CABS Activities and Programs:

  • Peer mentoring program
  • Coordination of philanthropy and service events
  • Coordination of social events
  • Collaboration with other student organizations
  • Tutoring opportunities
  • Hosting speakers and other professional development activities

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.


Scholar Activities

Outings and Field Trips

Business Scholars a rigoorous program, but we want you to have a little fun too. Each year, scholars and faculty go on outings to sporting events like Cubs and Sox baseball games or head down the street to the United Center to watch the BlackHawks. They also get together in Student Center East for a bowling party. It's a great way to build friendship among the cohort and get to know your professors better.

Company Visit

Company visits give scholars the opportunity to make valuable industry connections as well as see the inner workings of 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. Talk to new hires and experienced staff members and see what the office layout is like.

Application Requirements

Are you a high achiever? Interested in enhancing your business education? Become a UIC Business Scholar, where you will have access to a proven education that connects the classroom’s big ideas to one of the world’s great business centers—Chicago.

Students are accepted into the program based on:

  • ACT score
  • High school percentage ranking
  • Essay
  • Interview
How to Apply

All UIC Business applicants are considered once you have submitted the UIC Common Application. If you are a candidate, we will reach out to you for an interview.