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Business Opportunities Summer Session (BOSS)

BOSS 2017 - Will be held June 18 - June 30, 2017


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.

"I participated in BOSS in 2014, the summer after my junior year of high school. I had no idea what I wanted to major in upon graduation or where I wanted to attend college. BOSS exposed me to so many majors, career paths, professional and transferrable skills; this eye-opening experience was one that would not have been attainable elsewhere. BOSS not only informs prospective students of academic opportunities, but builds skills such as confidence, networking, and business literacy. Without BOSS I without a doubt would not be at Penn State today, I would not be an intern with the company I am today, and I would not be the Business student that I am today. I will forever be grateful for the Smeal Diversity Enhancement Programs, and for my time at BOSS." 
- Brittany D., 2014 BOSS Participant

To Apply

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

1. Your 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.

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.

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. All other program expenses (food, lodging, and BOSS events) are covered.

Acceptance Letter

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Download Application

Mail Application to:

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

Contact Information

Phone: 814-865-0938