- When is the program held?
- Where is SBI held?
- What is the cost of the program?
- Is financial aid available?
- Where do SBI students live?
- How do I apply?
- Are there any special requirements or minimum GPA requirements for applying?
- How will I be notified about my application decision?
- What credentials do I receive upon completion of SBI?
- Can students from other schools attend?
- If I’ve already taken a few of the required courses for a business minor, can I finish my minor at the Summer Business Institute?
- What's my next step?
- More Questions?
SBI is typically held from end of May through end of July.
Classes take place in Bartley Hall, the home of the Villanova School of Business at Villanova University. Villanova University is located on a picturesque, 254-acre campus, 12 miles west of Philadelphia. Commuter rail, high speed trolley, and bus transportation are available on campus, making trips to Philadelphia very convenient. You can easily take advantage of the many cultural and historic venues, fabulous restaurants, and athletic events available in this world class city.
Tuition for SBI '14 is $9,500 and includes books, the use of a financial calculator, the use of a laptop computer if needed, and a subscription to the Wall Street Journal. For students accepted into the program, a non-refundable deposit of $500 is required upon enrollment; this deposit is applied against the program's tuition. Additional charges apply if you choose to live on campus. The cost of room and board (meals) for SBI '14 is approximately $3,000. The meal plan includes 19 meals/week and $50 in points for the 10 week period.
There is no financial aid available through SBI. Questions concerning additional grants and loans through PELL, Parents PLUS or other funding sources should be addressed to the Office of Financial Assistance. Students from institutions other than Villanova University should contact their respective financial assistance office.
Students have the opportunity to enhance their SBI experience by living on Villanova’s campus. This residential component expands the learning environment beyond the walls of the classroom and facilitates group discussions and team projects. Please contact the Office of Residence Life to learn more about housing options. Villanova has also earned recognition for the quality and variety of its campus dining options. While living on campus is encouraged, it is not mandatory. Students are free to make their own arrangements for housing and meals.
The SBI application can be completed online or downloaded and mailed with your transcript, essay, and resume. SBI employs rolling admissions, so you will learn your status shortly after we receive your complete application package (beginning in mid-January). Enrollment is limited so applying early is strongly encouraged.
You must be in good academic standing at your institution and have successfully completed, or be in the process of completing, your freshman year (generally 30 credits). While there is not a minimum GPA requirement for admission, a holistic review of credentials is conducted and students must demonstrate a strong academic history in order to be considered for the program.
Application decisions will be sent to students via email and hard copy notification - to your permanent address - typically within two weeks of submitting all requested application materials.
Villanova students who successfully complete SBI earn a business minor. Students from other universities earn an SBI certificate. In both cases, your SBI experience will broaden your skill set, strengthen your academic foundation, build your professional confidence, improve your problem solving and decision making skills, and serve as an impressive credential on your resume.
Absolutely! The Summer Business Institute is open to qualified students from any accredited school or university located in the United States or abroad*. SBI can also help recent non-business graduates gain business insights that can help them be more productive in their first job. *Note: International students must be matriculated in a full-time course of study at a U.S. institution prior to applying to SBI.
If I’ve already taken a few of the required courses for a business minor, can I finish my minor at the Summer Business Institute?
Due to the integrated design of the curriculum, the Summer Business Institute is not an appropriate way to complete a business minor already in progress.
Interested Villanova students should discuss SBI with their academic advisor to ensure they understand how SBI credits will be handled within their school. Additionally, students from outside Villanova should discuss this opportunity with the appropriate advisor(s) at their institution.