Executive Leadership
Honors Program

Attracting students who have graduated at the tops of their classes, with exceptional SAT/ACT scores and GPAs, the School of Business Executive Leadership (SBEL) Honors Program provides a truly challenging and personalized experience for students who want more from their college educations.

Program Components


    Experience-based Learning through Competitive Case Competitions

    Students form multidisciplinary teams to engage in case analysis and problem solving. Top performing teams are recognized through corporate sponsors and alumni at the program's year-end banquet.


    Exclusive Corporate Contact, Networking and Professional Development Opportunities

    Corporate sponsors conduct networking dinners, panel discussions and training exclusively for Honors Program students.

    Site visits to many sponsors through winter and spring corporate retreats.


    Study Abroad Opportunities

    Spring retreats are often held in a different country to directly expose students to the global business environment.

    Student participation in one of the many study abroad opportunities offered through the School or University is highly encouraged.


    Designated Honors Advisor

    Honors Program students have access to a designated advisor that is specific to the Honors Program, in addition to the advisor to all students.

    Honors Program students have priority class registration with access several days before general registration opens.


    Personalized Academic Experience

    In the freshman and sophomore years, Honors only sections are offered for most core courses. These are smaller sections which provide academic rigor and often utilize a case-based approach to learning, ensuring that advanced students are intellectually challenged and rewarded.

    An Honors Seminar connects all Honors Program students in personal and professional development workshops, advanced case competitions, and corporate networking.


    Service Learning

    Students are encouraged to be thoughtful and active members of the community by connecting with vulnerable populations within the Washington Metropolitan community, building an understanding of their challenges, and the ways their expertise in business can help.


    Leadership Development

    Honors Program participants are offered added opportunities for leadership through team-based learning. All program participants are strongly encouraged to engage in ongoing leadership roles while the program provides the tools to assess one's leadership style, acumen, strengths and weaknesses.


    Program History

    As an outgrowth of the PEW Retention Grant Initiative, a formal Honors Program was established in the School of Business during the 1995-96 academic year. The establishment of this program provided much needed services, support and challenges for high excelling new entrants. Program has offered a liberal education so that students understand the issues and values of a broad spectrum of disciplines and prepared students for graduate and professional school, as well as the business world, through their experiences with independent research and case studies. It has ensured a diverse cadre of students with excellent skills and training is available to corporations, non-profits, the public sector and small businesses alike, by developing advanced students with the necessary training and exposure to become world-class business leaders.


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