The Sellinger Scholars Program is an honors program in business administration. The program provides highly motivated students with increased academic rigor beyond the traditional curriculum of the B.B.A. Business and management education is further developed through unique opportunities to interact with business professionals and community leaders. Driven by the University’s mission, “to inspire students to learn, lead, and serve in a diverse and changing world,” these interactions enhance understanding of leadership, the business environment, corporate social responsibility, justice issues and reflection upon personal and professional choices.
Students majoring in accounting or business administration who have completed their first semester of the freshman year with 15 credits applicable to a degree (excluding AP credits) and a 3.500 cumulative GPA will be invited to apply to the program. Admission is competitive. Scholars are selected in the spring of the freshman year on the basis of academic achievement, leadership experience and potential, commitment to service, and community involvement. Although the program does not begin until the fall semester of the sophomore year, accepted students must successfully complete 15 credits applicable to their degree with a 3.500 cumulative GPA during the spring semester of their freshman year in order to maintain their eligibility.
Once in the program, Sellinger scholars must successfully complete courses totaling a minimum of 15 credits applicable to a degree per semester (excluding pass/fail courses and courses assigned a grade of W) and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.400 sophomore through senior year. Should a student complete fewer than 15 credits as defined above and/or the cumulative GPA falls below a 3.400 in a given semester, the student may be allowed one semester to demonstrate successful completion of 15 credits and/or to raise the GPA to the minimum standard. Ordinarily, if this is not achieved, the student will not be allowed to continue in the program.
The program has two primary components: three-credit core curricular coursework and the one-credit Sellinger Scholars Experience (BH 199 ) taken each semester. Students are usually expected to complete all required courses as a cohort. These courses offer increased rigor in the form of outside reading, discussion, and class presentations. Coursework begins in the fall of the sophomore year and must be taken in sequence. Required courses fulfill degree requirements as indicated for the B.B.A.: