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Business Bridge

The 2019 Business Bridge cohort at ropes course

The 2019 Business Bridge cohort and UDS Program Manager Zach McKinlay at the Ropes Course in Woodinville, an annual team-building event.

The next four years will lay the foundation for your future career. Here’s your chance to get a head start, expand your network, and raise your stock with your business savvy. Consider Business Bridge!

B² gives students first-hand experience with both the UW and Foster School of Business, thereby fostering a greater understanding of college life and academic expectations. B² will take place four weeks before Fall quarter. Students will enroll for a 5-credit college-level writing course (BA490) offered by the Foster School. Offering a broad overview of core business topics, the B² program integrates leadership and strategy skills throughout the curriculum. Professional development, career exploration and leadership activities focus on tools and resources that students can use to become more effective students. A diverse group of facilitators present information in their areas of expertise and then engage the class in thought-provoking discussions where participants are encouraged to share their experiences and learn from one another. Approximately 25 students are admitted to the program every year.

B² Program Overview

  • B² is a four-week, total-immersion program for pre-business students.
  • B² sessions take place at the Foster School of Business on the University of Washington Seattle campus.

B² Day in the Life
Standard program days and times are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

  • 9-12 p.m. BA490 Writing Course
  • 12-1 p.m. Lunch
  • 1-4 p.m. Professional Development & Leadership Workshops

Program also includes team building socials and site visits to Seattle area companies.

What are the benefits?

  • Get ahead of the game.
    B² allows you to take a lighter load during autumn quarter. The 5 credits you earn duringB² (BA490) count toward autumn quarter, which means you only have to enroll in 10 credits to be considered a full-time student.
  • Connections are key.
    B² students will have direct connections with faculty and staff within the Foster School of Business before the academic year begins.
  • Explore your options.
    B² is a perfect opportunity for you to learn about business as a major as well as network with professionals from Fortune 500 companies.
  • Develop your network.
    Through the course of the program, B² provides opportunities for you to work with other B² students and make valuable connections that will benefit you over the next four years.

Business Bridge 2021 Application to open in April 2021!

Program Details

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The 2020 B² program takes place from August 24th – September 17th, 2020

Standard program days and times are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. In addition to your weekday activities there will be some evening and weekend activities scheduled during the program.

The B² 2021 dates will be confirmed by April 2021.

For the 2021 Business Bridge program:

  • Incoming UW freshmen for Autumn 2021 attending the University of Washington
  • All B² applicants must have submitted their Autumn 2021 Enrollment Deposit to the University of Washington prior to submitting their application
  • Interested in pursuing a business major
  • First generation college students (strongly encouraged to apply)
  • B² is open to all incoming UW freshmen who are interested in pursuing a business major and getting a head start on their freshman year at the UW Seattle Campus. B² focuses its resources on serving the following underrepresented minority groups: African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Pacific Islander and Southeast Asian.

B² Priority Application Deadline: TBD for B2 2021

Decisions Announced: TBD for B2 2021

Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Academic Performance
  • Leadership experience & activities
  • Quality of the personal statement

If selected, all B² participants are required to enroll in a 5-credit academic course (BA490) offered by the Business School.

Q: Who should apply?
A: B² is open to all incoming UW freshmen who are interested in pursuing a business major and getting a head start on their freshman year at the UW Seattle Campus. B² focuses its resources on serving the following underrepresented minority groups: African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Pacific Islander and Southeast Asian.

Q: What makes a strong candidate?
A: Students are selected based on their stated interest in exploring business as a major, high school academic record, resume and essay. The ideal B² applicant will have a strong academic record and demonstrated leadership activities in their school and/or community.

Q: If I participate in B² is it guaranteed that I will get into UW Foster School of Business?
A:  Participation in B² does not guarantee admission into the UW Foster School of Business.

Q: What are the program requirements?
A: All B² students are required to enroll in a BA490, a 5 cr. academic course offered for only B² students. B² students also agree to participate in daily sessions focused on exploration of a variety of business topics as well as college transition and professional development workshops.

Q: What is the B² course?
A: B² students will be registered automatically in the mandatory B² academic course (BA490). The 5 credits you earn during B² count toward autumn quarter, which means you only need to enroll in 10 credits to be considered a full-time student in the fall. Or, take 18 credits and get ahead. NOTE: B² students should register for a maximum of 13 credits for Autumn quarter (not including BA490) so you will not be charged additional tuition (a surcharge) for each credit over 18 credits.

Q: What are the program costs?
A: As mentioned, the 5-credits from BA490 count towards participant’s Fall Quarter credit load and tuition. Students can use Autumn Quarter Financial Aid received to pay for tuition. Additionally, EFS room and board charges will be applied to your Autumn Quarter Tuition bill. All students planning to live in the residence hall are required to pay a $500.00 housing deposit. It is possible to have your Autumn Quarter Financial Aid cover some or all of the housing costs. Please see the following UW resources for the most up-to-date information:

Q: Do you provide housing scholarships?
A: We offer full and partial scholarships based on financial need. Students who wish to apply for the scholarship need to fill out an additional essay in the application.

Q: Do I have to live on campus?
A: B² students are not required to live on campus during the program. However, it is highly encouraged. If you have questions, you are welcome to contact the UDS Program Manager directly at [email protected], and we also recommend exploring the UW Housing & Food Services (HFS) website to learn more about rates and room information.

To apply for a B² EFS Housing, please complete the following steps:

  • Submit – UW Enrollment Deposit
  • Submit – UW Housing Application
  • Complete & Submit – B² Program Application
  • Complete & Submit – B² Housing Scholarship Application
  • Complete & Submit – EFS Housing Application

Q: Is food and personal item money necessary? If not, then how do we receive the money and how much? Meal cards?
A: Participants should bring money for personal expenses and food.  B² students who choose to live in the UW EFS Residence Halls will be provided a dining card to cover their meals throughout the program.

Q: Is transportation necessary to Seattle area company site visits or teambuilding activities?
A: Transportation will be provided for all B² activities.

Q: Is there a dress code for the program?
A: Yes. B² participants are required to dress in business casual attire. For corporate visits, students are expected to wear business professional.

Inappropriate attire includes but is not limited to:

  • T-shirts or tank tops
  • Sneakers
  • Flip-flops
  • Spaghetti strap shirts
  • Jeans with rips, tears, or holes

Q:   Are there B² activities on the weekend?
A:    In addition to your weekday activities there will be some evening and weekend activities scheduled during the program.

Q:   I am planning to participate in sorority or fraternity fall recruitment. Can I participate in both programs?
A:    Due to the limited time we have with our participants, it is required that students attend all programming which may conflict with Greek recruitment activities/events.

Q:   Are parents/guests welcomed anytime during the program (lunch)? What about after hours?
A:    B² workshops are only open to participants who have been admitted to the program.  After sessions are concluded participants are welcome to meet up with friends and family.

Since 2010, B² is thriving and creating connections with diverse incoming freshmen scholars before the start of the academic year at UW. This academic and residential immersion program has graduated over 150 leaders.

B² Contact Information
Zach McKinlay
UDS Program Manager
[email protected]

Undergraduate Diversity Services
UW Foster School of Business
202 Dempsey Hall, Box 353223
Seattle, WA 98195-3223
Email: [email protected]