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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Important Dates

December 21, 2016

Application opens at 8:00 a.m. CT

March 15, 2017

Application closes at 4:30 p.m. CT

April 7, 2017

Notification of application status via email

April 24, 2017

Deadline to respond to offer

July 2017

BEL program begins on July 15, 2017 for Year 1 students and on July 8, 2017 for Year 2 students.

August 2017

BEL program ends on August 4, 2017 for Year 1 students and on August 4, 2017 for Year 2 students.

BEL Program Timeline

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Apply to the BEL Program in 10th grade.

Year 1

Spend three weeks in Madison during the summer after 10th grade.

Year 2

Spend four weeks in Madison during the summer after 11th grade.

Year 3

Spend five weeks in Madison during the summer after 12th grade.

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BEL scholars who are admitted to UW–Madison to study business receive a full-tuition scholarship for four years.