Prospective Students

Application information to the Sapphire Leadership Academic Program


2023 application is now closed as of March 30th, 2023 at 5:00 pm (ET). 

The Sapphire Leadership Academic Program is designed for high-achieving students who have been accepted to the Smeal College of Business and would like to enhance their business school experience. By providing unique academic content, leadership and professional development opportunities, and real-world application of knowledge gained inside the classroom, the Sapphire Leadership Academic Program empowers student leaders to make an impact on business and society.

High school students interested in applying to the Sapphire Leadership Academic Program can only do so provided they have been offered admission into the Smeal College of Business at University Park. Students should submit their Sapphire application, which is available through their MyPennState account.  The 2023 application opened in November and closed in March.

In addition to the application form, students are required to submit two letters of recommendation. Further details can be found on the application site.

If you have any questions, please call the Smeal Undergraduate Education Office at 814-863-1947 or email at