Summer Business Institute

SBI Sessions

July 7–July 19, 2019

July 28–August 9, 2019 

Get a head start at becoming Career Ready. Join other top high school students on the University of Hartford campus this summer for an experience that will set you apart from the rest. Live in a college dorm with a roommate, experience life on campus, and take a 3 credit college-level course.

SBI Overview

As a young, pre-college student (rising high school seniors and incoming Barney School first-year students) enrolled in this course, you will be introduced to the economic, marketing, financial accounting, ethical, and societal dimensions of business. You will also gain exposure to the academic, residential and social support systems available at the Barney School and the University of Hartford.

Earn College Credit

This is a fabulous opportunity to begin accumulating college credit before you even get to college! You will complete MGT 101: Business Exploration, a 3 credit course. If you enroll at the Barney School, your college credit is guaranteed. Should you choose to attend another college or university, successfully completing MGT 101 would matriculate as college credit upon review and approval of the college you attend.

The College Experience

Stay in one of our residence halls and experience what college is really like. The Barney School students mentoring you in the academic program will be residential advisors in the dorm as well. While there will be homework to complete in the evening hours, there are also planned social activities.

Information and Requirements

Course Overview

At the heart of the Summer Business Institute is a 3 credit business course. MGT 101 will meet daily, typically from 9 a.m.– 5 p.m.

Problem-solving and critical-thinking skills are developed through participation in an interactive team based simulation. The specific modules of the simulation will be preceded and/or followed by analysis and discussion facilitated by our own professional faculty who bring their deep professional expertise to help you understand the intricacies of business success.

You will be introduced to:

  • Fundamentals of business, including leading and managing businesses
  • Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Operations
  • Fundamentals of insurance

Admission Requirements

*No need to complete if you have already applied to the University.

The package of materials can be mailed, or scanned/emailed to:

Celia R. Lofink, PhD
Undergraduate Program Director, Barney School of Business         
University of Hartford
200 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT  06117


Our Location

Hartford, Connecticut is a diverse and exciting hub for business and culture. The city is known as "The Insurance Capital of the World," housing companies like Travelers, Aetna, and Cigna.

There are also plenty of things to do and places to visit in the area, including award-winning theaters, renowned museums, and various sports complexes. Hartford is also located less than three hours away from Boston and New York City.

Some of our favorite attractions include:

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for the Summer Business Institute (SBI)?

The program is ideal for rising high school seniors and incoming Barney School of Business freshmen.

How selective is the process of admission?

The program will consist of approximately 25 students selected from applications well beyond the seat availability.

What is the criteria for selection?

A guidance counselor recommendation is the base requirement. Although high GPA/SAT scores along with a pattern of achievement and involvement are important, particular emphasis is placed on the overall presence and enthusiasm that the candidate exhibits in the personal interview with the SBI program director.

Is there a tuition charge for the program?

Yes. The fee of $2950 for the Barney Summer Business Institute covers tuition, materials fee, room & board for the entire program.

Can the student's parents take part in any of the activities?

Yes. In fact, we encourage it at different times during the program. After residence check-in on Sunday of the first week of the program, there will be a welcome dinner during which there will be a one-hour introduction to the Summer Business Institute. In addition, on the final day of the program there will be final presentations (poster sessions) and brief graduation/awards ceremony that parents are highly encouraged to attend.

When and where will the applicants be interviewed?

The Undergraduate Program Director will arrange interviews for each of the applicants recommended by their Guidance Counselor during the months of February, March and early April. Those who may be unavailable on that date may schedule an on-campus interview at a more convenient time.

When will the students be informed as to whether or not they have been accepted?

The applicants will normally be informed of their status by their guidance counselor by July 1, 2019.

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