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UIC Business Scholars

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A highly selective four-year leadership and development program.

UIC Business Scholars is a selective four-year 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.

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 develop critical thinking and 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 scholarship with managerial 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 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
  • Philanthropy and service events
  • Social and networking 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 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.

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.

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: