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. Participants 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.
"Attending the BOSS program put me ahead of the game. It was not only fun but also very informative. Being able to experience the 'college-life' as well as having the opportunity to meet and interact with the remarkable faculty here at Penn State, as well as other noteworthy professionals, was an incomparable opportunity.
-Alexis W., 2011 BOSS Participant
1. Your Personal Statement/Information
Write a one or two-page essay that answers the following questions:
2. Scholarship statement of financial need by guardian (if applicable)
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.
3. High school transcript and school profile
Ask your school counseling office to send your high school transcripts from grade nine through the most recent marking period, as well as a school profile, if available, explaining the grading system.
4. Recent standardized achievement test scores
Ask your school counseling office to send your most 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.
5. Letter of Recommendation
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 seal.
- Alexis S., 2009 BOSS Participant
What are the program fees?
Program attendees are required to provide their own transportation to and from the University Park campus. While personal vehicles are not permitted (i.e. attendees cannot drive themselves and park their cars on campus), attendees can be dropped off at campus by a parent/guardian, take public transportation, taxi, private bus, or airplane to State College. A $50.00 non-refundable registration fee is required after the student has been accepted. All other program expenses (food, lodging, and BOSS events) are covered.
An acceptance letter will be mailed to your address once a decision has been made.
BOSS was an invaluable opportunity that gave me an intense, but well-structured, exposure to business concepts that I still use to this day. My experience as both a participant (pre-college) and a counselor (post-graduation) have provided me with unique insights into Smeal and the business world from all angles.
-Diag D., 2009 BOSS Participant
Mail Application to:
Diversity Enhancement Programs
Smeal College of Business
The Pennsylvania State University
Attention: Pauline McCarl
203U Business Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814) 865-0938