Business Opportunities Summer Session (BOSS)

Information about the Business Opportunities Summer Session (BOSS).

2025 BOSS Applications will open October 7, 2024

2025 BOSS will be held June 15-27, 2025.

BOSS is a two-week, residential program, for residents of the U.S. and Puerto Rico only, held on Penn State's University Park campus for high school juniors 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.  This is a sample schedule of what the two weeks would entail.

To Apply

Complete the online application. 

  1. Your Personal Statement/Information
    Write a one or two-page essay in a word document or pdf version 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. High school transcript
    Ask your school counseling office to send your high school transcripts from grade nine through the most recent marking period.
  3. 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.
  4. Letter of Recommendation (must be sent from the recommender)
    You need to obtain one letter of recommendation from a high school teacher or guidance counselor. The recommender should comment on your academic achievements, potential, and ability to contribute to and benefit from BOSS.

Frequently Asked Questions

Information for Parents

What are the Program Fees?

A $50.00 registration fee is required only if you are accepted. Please do NOT send the $50.00 registration fee along with your application. Only if you are accepted will you have to pay the registration fee, which is non-refundable. Parents/guardians are responsible for getting their student to and from the University Park campus. There are no other fees associated with this program.

Acceptance Letter

An acceptance letter will be emailed to you once a decision has been made.

You can also mail application materials to:

Diversity Enhancement Programs
Smeal College of Business
The Pennsylvania State University
Attention: BOSS Program
204 Business Building
University Park, PA 16802

Contact Information

Phone: 814-865-0938