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Preparing tomorrow’s leaders – today

The Emerging Business Leaders (EBL) program at Gies College of Business is a summer program designed for high-achieving Black, African-American, Hispanic, Latinx/a/o, and Native American students entering their senior year of high school.

Program Dates: July 10-21, 2022

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Program Activities

  • Interactive discussions featuring Gies Business staff, students, and alumni around career possibilities in business and the Gies student experience 
  • Work in groups to solve business problems
  • Learn about college admissions
  • Have fun and make new friends

Application Criteria

The EBL Program is open to underrepresented students entering their senior year of high school. You must have:

  • 3.2/4.0 GPA or higher
  • Demonstrated leadership through extracurricular, volunteer, or work experiences
  • Ability to attend the entire program (July 10-21, 2022)

Admission to the Emerging Business Leaders program does not guarantee admission to Gies Business and/or UIUC.

Program Benefits 

All students who successfully complete the Emerging Business Leaders Program will receive a University of Illinois application fee waiver. Students who apply, are admitted, and enroll into Gies Business will qualify for a renewable scholarship up to $5000 to help cover their academic costs.

Gies News and Events

Gies ranked #5 public business school by Poets&Quants

Jan 27, 2022, 08:00 AM by Aaron Bennett
Gies College of Business is once again ranked as a Top 10 public undergraduate business program in the nation, according to the latest rankings released by Poets&Quants.

P&Q banner*An earlier version of this story listed Gies ranked #6 among public undergraduate business programs and #13 overall. Poets&Quants has since made a change to their rankings, listing Gies as the #5 public program and #12 overall.

Gies College of Business is once again ranked as a Top 10 public undergraduate business program in the nation, according to the latest rankings released by Poets&Quants, the preeminent source for information on undergraduate and graduate business education. Gies Business was ranked #5 among public business schools and rose five spots to #12 overall. For this ranking, Poets&Quants considers factors such as admissions standards, the college experience, and career outcomes.

Gies is intentional about providing opportunities and experiences that allow students to explore why they are getting a business education and how they can use it to bring value to society. In 2021, the College launched the largest experiential learning course in the nation – Business 301: Business in Action – to further its commitment to learning by doing. Gies officially launched the Disruption Lab to drive innovation for students, faculty, and corporate partners, and the College also continued its push to go global by receiving a federal grant to secure locations for its new Sophomore Year of Purpose program. To cap it all off, Dean Jeffrey R. Brown was named the Dean of the Year by Poets&Quants in December.