For 2020, SBI begins on Wednesday, May 27 (full day of classes) and runs through Wednesday, July 29, with a 1 p.m. dismissal. Classes are held M-F | 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. throughout the program and include some Saturday morning sessions.  

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.

The majority of students apply during their first year and sophomore years, followed by juniors and graduating seniors.  A small percentage of recent graduates consider and apply to SBI as well.  Interested students are welcome to discuss their candidacy with Trish Burdo, Associate Director of VSB’s Business Minor Programs.  Call 610-519-5532 to schedule an in-person or phone appointment.

Interested students must be in good academic standing at his/her home institution and have successfully completed, or be in the process of completing their first year (generally 30 credits) when applying. 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.  Interested students are welcome to discuss their candidacy with Trish Burdo, Associate Director of VSB’s Business Minor Programs.  Call 610-519-5532 to schedule an in-person or phone appointment.

SBI typically maintains 3 sections of 30-35 students per section.  This includes students from Arts, Engineering, Nursing and the Sciences.  For the past 8-10 years, the majority of the class is comprised of rising sophomores and juniors, followed by rising seniors and current-year graduates.  Alumni, 1-5 years out are eligible to apply, and make up a small percentage of enrolled students.  Note, students from other universities are welcome to apply and enroll in SBI.

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 2020 is approximately $3,000. The meal plan includes 19 meals/week and $50 in points for the 10-week period.

Admission decisions will be sent to students via the on-line application portal, typically within 2-3 weeks of submitting all required application materials.

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 home institution.

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.

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.

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.

Tuition for SBI 2020 is $14,500 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 students choose to live on campus. For deposit information, please click here.

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.


Trish Burdo
Associate Director, Business Minor Programs
The Clay Center at VSB - Bartley Hall 1054
Villanova School of Business | Villanova, PA  19085