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Business Opportunities Summer Session (BOSS)

Information about the Business Opportunities Summer Session (BOSS).

June 16 - June 28, 2013

BOSS is a two-week program for high school students interested in pursuing a business education in college. It’s an opportunity for these students to take college prep and business fundamentals courses taught by Penn State faculty. BOSS ParticipantsParticipants will also get a glimpse of what college life is like by living in residence halls during their two-week stay on Penn State’s University Park campus.

"I learned a lot while I was here. I was very hesitant about coming here. But during these two weeks I learned a lot, met new friends, and had some good times. This program really makes me want to go to Penn State for college."
- Aaron G., BOSS Participant


Frequently Asked Questions:

Who is eligible?

The BOSS Program is for students who are entering 12th grade and have a strong interest in pursuing a business education at the college level.

What are the program fees?

A $50.00 non-refundable registration fee is required after the student has been accepted. All other program expenses are covered.

What if I can’t afford the program?

Some scholarships are available for students with financial need.

Where does the program take place?

BOSS takes place at Penn State’s University Park campus in State College, Pennsylvania. The campus can be reached by car, bus, or plane. Students are responsible for their transportation to and from University Park campus.

How do I apply?

Complete the application form (hyperlink to pdf form). Sign it and obtain your parent/guardian’s signature. Submit the application and supporting materials, including:

1. Your Personal Statement/Information
2. Scholarship statement of financial need by guardian (if applicable)
3. High school transcript and school profile
4. Recent standardized achievement test scores
5. Letter of RecommendationBOSS Participants

"This program was very helpful. I feel that I am now more prepared for college. I got used to campus life on a big campus and I met new people. It was a wonderful experience."
- Jordan M., BOSS Participant


Additional Information to Complete the Application


Some scholarships are available for students with financial need. To be considered for a scholarship to attend the BOSS program, enclose a statement written by your parent/guardian explaining your family's financial situation.

Personal Statement/Information

Write a one or two-page essay that answers the following questions:

  • Why do you want to attend BOSS and what do you hope to gain from the experience?
  • Discuss other academic or educational programs in which you have participated.
  • Discuss your academic awards or honors and what courses you will take as a senior.

Letter of Recommendation (mailed separately)

You need to obtain one letter of recommendation from a high school teacher. The teacher should comment on your academic achievements, potential, and ability to contribute to and benefit from BOSS. The letter may be included in application, if envelope is sealed and signed across sealed.

Supporting Data (mailed separately)

Ask your school counseling office to send the following materials:

High school transcripts from grade nine through the most recent marking period, as well as a school profile, if available, explaining the grading system.

Recent standardized achievement test scores (SAT, PSAT, NEDT, if taken; otherwise, another achievement test administered by your school).

If you have not taken a standardized test and your school does not administer another standardized test, please have your school guidance counselor contact our office.

Acceptance Letter

An acceptance letter will be mailed to your address once a decision has been made.

Download Application

Mail Application to:

Diversity Enhancement Programs
Smeal College of Business
The Pennsylvania State University
203U Business Building
University Park, PA 16802

Contact Us

Jamie Campbell
Assistant Dean for Diversity Enhancement Programs


Terry Cummins


Tammy Houser
Program Assistant