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Business Bridge


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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
  • 1-2 p.m. Accounting 101
  • 2-3 p.m. Guest Speaker Series
  • 4-5 p.m. Interviewing Skills 101

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.

Program Details

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The B² program takes place from August 26th- September 19th, 2019

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.

  • Incoming UW freshmen for Autumn 2019 attending the University of Washington
  • All B² applicants must have submitted their Autumn 2019 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: 5-17-2019

Decisions Announced: 6-14-2019

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. The 2019 B² cohort will be will be limited to 25 students.

Q: What do we look for?
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: Participants have the option to live in a UW Early Fall Start (EFS) residence hall. EFS room and board charges are approximately $1,828 and 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.

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. EFS Housing is available for all B² students planning to live in the UW residence hall during the 2019-20 academic year. B² students will be assigned to rooms in Terry Hall or Lander Hall. On-campus EFS Room & Board fees for summer 2019 range between $1,492 – $1,882. Learn more on the EFS Room and Board website.

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

  • Submit – UW Enrollment Deposit: Deadline – May 1st
  • Submit – UW Housing Application for 2019-20 academic year: Priority Deadline – May 8th
  • Complete & Submit – B² Program Application: Priority Deadline – May 17th
  • Complete & Submit – B² Housing Scholarship Application: Priority Deadline – May 17th
  • Complete & Submit – EFS Housing Application: Priority Deadline – June 12th, 2019

*Effective Summer 2013 to be eligible to live in the UW Residence Hall during EFS/B², you must be planning to live in the residence hall during your freshman year.

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.

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B² Contact Information
Undergraduate Diversity Services
UW Foster School of Business
202 Dempsey Hall, Box 353223
Seattle, WA 98195-3223
Email: [email protected]