The Business Emerging Leaders (BEL) Program includes experiences in all aspects of college life. This helps participants know what to expect—and how to be successful—when they actually begin their college careers.

  • BEL Program participants have the opportunity to explore business majors and related coursework, visit regional corporations, complete self-assessments, explore their identities, and participate in applied learning activities.
  • Students live on the UW–Madison campus in Dejope Residence Hall, located right along the shore of Lake Mendota.
  • There is no cost for students to participate in the BEL Program once they arrive on campus.

Every day in the BEL Program is different. Weekends include experiences such as overnight visits to Chicago and Milwaukee, a day trip to Devil’s Lake (an outdoor destination in Wisconsin known for excellent hiking and water sports), and tours of popular campus sites such as the Kohl Center. Here is a typical program day on Monday through Thursday.

BEL Program Days at a Glance

Time Activity
7:30–8:30 a.m. Breakfast with other BEL Program students
9:00–11:00 a.m. Learning Session: Explore majors and career opportunities through hands-on learning.
11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Lunch with current undergraduate business students, faculty, and staff
12:30–4:30 p.m. Learning Session: Discover personal potential through self-exploration and team-building activities.
5:00–6:30 p.m. Dinner and conversation with your classmates
6:30–7:00 p.m. Take a break to relax, study, or spend time with new friends
7:00–9:00 p.m. Meet and enjoy activities with student counselors. Learn from current undergraduate business students, discuss the day’s topics, and share ideas and experiences.

The BEL Program in Pictures