Frequently Asked Questions

When is the program held?

For 2015, SBI is tentatively scheduled for May 26 - July 29, with no classes July 3, in observance of Independence Day.

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Where is SBI held?

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. Students can easily take advantage of the many cultural and historic venues, fabulous restaurants, and athletic events available in this world class city.

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What is the cost of the program?

Approximate tuition for SBI '15 is $9,800 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 students choose to live on campus.

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Is financial aid available?

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.

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Where do SBI students live?

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 cost of room and board (meals) for SBI '15 is approximately $3,000. The meal plan includes 19 meals/week and $50 in points for the 10-week period.

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What is the application process?

The SBI application can be completed online.  The applicant's transcript, essay, and resume should be emailed to sbi@villanova.edu. SBI employs rolling admissions, so applicants will have acceptance status shortly after the complete application package is received (beginning in mid-January).

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Are there any special requirements or minimum GPA requirements for applying?

Interested students must be in good academic standing at his/her home institution and have successfully completed, or be in the process of completing, 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.

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How are decisions communicated with applicants?

Application decisions will be sent to students via email typically within one month of submitting all requested application materials.

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What credentials do students receive upon completion of SBI?

Villanova students who successfully complete SBI earn a business minor. Students from other universities earn an SBI certificate. In both cases, the SBI experience will broaden skill sets, strengthen academic foundations, build  professional confidence, improve problem solving and decision making skills, and serve as an impressive credential on resumes.

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Can students from other schools attend the program?

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.

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Can students finish an in-progress Business minor through SBI?

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.

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What's the next step?

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.

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More Questions?

Please contact Samantha Wheeler, Assistant Director, Business Minor Programs, at the Clay Center at VSB, by email sbi@villanova.edu or by phone (610) 519-6669.

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