Business Leaders Program launched by WCBA

The Williamson College of Business Administration at Youngstown State University has created the new Business Leaders Program, a selective program designed for students who excel academically and demonstrate a high level of commitment to their professional and leadership development.

The Business Leaders Program will provide incoming freshmen with a variety of opportunities to increase their knowledge of business, accelerate their involvement with the business community, and enhance their professional preparation.

Students selected for the program will be admitted directly to their business major of choice: accounting, advertising/public relations, business economics, finance, general administration, human resource management, international business, management information systems, or marketing. They will also participate in a variety of academic, leadership and professional development activities throughout their freshman and sophomore years.

Eligible students must have a 3.5 high school grade point average and an ACT score of at least 25 or SAT score of at least 1150. A limited number of spaces are still available for fall 2012. Students interested in the program for this fall should contact Leigh Ann Waring, director of WCBA undergraduate student services, at or 330-941-3066. Students must apply and be admitted to YSU prior to being selected for the Business Leaders Program.

Meanwhile, the WCBA has established a direct admission policy allowing students with a 3.5 high school GPA and minimum ACT score of 25 or SAT score of 1150 to directly enter their business major of choice. In addition, students transferring into the WCBA will now be required to have at least a 2.3 college GPA if they have earned less than 32 semester hours and at least a 2.5 GPA if they have earned more than 32 semester hours.

“The faculty and staff of the Williamson College of Business Administration are committed to providing our students with rigorous academic preparation and outstanding professional development opportunities so they are positioned for success as they enter a very competitive business world,” said Betty Jo Licata, WCBA dean.

WCBA is accredited by AACSB International. Less than 5 percent of the business schools in the world are accredited by AACSB.