The Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin–Madison is working to further its vision of a community of diverse students, faculty, and staff, while also bringing the nation’s best students to the School.

The Business Emerging Leaders (BEL) Program is designed for promising students who come from diverse backgrounds and have strong academic records and demonstrated leadership skills. Program participation gives students a distinct competitive advantage when adjusting to college life, learning in classes, and applying for internship opportunities, ultimately preparing them for successful careers in business.

BEL Program students who are admitted to UW–Madison and major in business are granted a full-tuition scholarship for four years of attendance. (Completion of the program does not guarantee admission into the university.) The BEL Program meets every summer for three years, beginning the summer after tenth grade. Learn more on the Program Details page.

About the Application Process

Our goal at the Wisconsin School of Business is to get to know each applicant as an individual. Students are selected based on their demonstrated academic success, leadership skills, commitment to diversity, and potential to excel in business at the university. We encourage all eligible applicants who think they would be a great fit for the BEL Program to apply during the open application period. Learn more about how to apply.

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View the BEL Program Brochure


Important Dates

Application Deadlines*

December 1, 2020

Application opens for BEL 2021

February 19, 2021

Application deadline

Late March 2021

Notification of admission released via email

Early April 2021

Deadline to accept admission to the BEL program

*These dates are subject to change.

BEL Program Timeline

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Apply to the BEL Program in 10th grade.


Students spend three weeks with the BEL program the summer after 10th grade.

Monday, July 5 - Friday, July 23, 2021


Students return for an additional three weeks the summer after 11th grade.

Monday, July 5 - Friday, July 23, 2021

Newly Admitted Business Badgers

Third-year BEL students enroll in a 3-credit business course designed to help prepare them for a successful first year in college.

Monday, July 5 - Friday, August 6, 2021

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*Students will be notified in spring about whether the BEL program will be in-person or virtual for Summer 2021.