Media Relations

February 12, 2016

High school students experience business school rigor in W. P. Carey summer program

The W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University is offering an opportunity for high school students to experience the excitement and rigor of attending one of the top business schools in the nation.

The Business Scholars Institute (BSI) is a selective, one-week residential summer program for high-achieving students who are currently juniors in high school (graduating in 2017) and are interested in pursuing business education and career opportunities.

BSI provides exposure to business careers, access to top business faculty, connections to collegiate honors programs, and information on postgraduate education. Attendees are surrounded by ambitious peers, experience challenging business projects and begin building a network for their future.

“We know that driven high school students are excited about going to college, but are also uncertain about what might be expected of them or what they might expect,” says Amy Hillman, dean of the W. P. Carey School, which has an undergraduate business program ranked Top 30 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. “BSI offers them a chance to get on campus and in the classroom with our faculty and get a feel for what they might experience when they head to college.”

Thirty high school students will be chosen to participate in the session held from June 27 to July 1 and will stay in Barrett, the Honors College on ASU’s Tempe campus. Applications are currently being accepted with a priority deadline of March 21 and a final deadline of April 25. Interested students are encouraged to apply early. Applications are available at or by calling 480-965-5187 or email The cost is $750.

“Attending BSI gave me the opportunity to become immersed within ASU in a business environment,” says Frank Vitiello, a student who participated in the 2015 program while in high school and now attends the W. P. Carey School of Business. “Working and learning with people interested in a business background was a lot of fun while being educational.”

Information about all W. P Carey summer programs can be found at