Chicago Booth | Mr. Unilever To MBB
GRE 308, GPA 3.8
Chicago Booth | Ms. Indian Banker
GMAT 740, GPA 9.18/10
Kellogg | Ms. Big4 M&A
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. Army Engineer
GRE 326, GPA 3.89
Chicago Booth | Mr. Healthcare PM
GMAT 730, GPA 2.8
Harvard | Mr. African Energy
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4
Columbia | Mr. Energy Italian
GMAT 700, GPA 3.5
UCLA Anderson | Mr. SME Consulting
GMAT 740, GPA 3.55 (as per WES paid service)
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Quality Assurance
GMAT 770, GPA 3.6
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Salesman
GMAT 700, GPA 3.0
INSEAD | Mr. INSEAD Aspirant
GRE 322, GPA 3.5
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Army Aviator
GRE 314, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Mr. Renewables Athlete
GMAT 710 (1st take), GPA 3.63
Harvard | Mr. Healthcare PE
GRE 340, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. Military Quant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Wharton | Mr. Future Non-Profit
GMAT 720, GPA 8/10
Kellogg | Mr. Concrete Angel
GRE 318, GPA 3.33
Kellogg | Mr. Maximum Impact
GMAT Waiver, GPA 3.77
MIT Sloan | Ms. Rocket Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.9
Wharton | Ms. Interstellar Thinker
GMAT 740, GPA 7.6/10
Harvard | Mr. Finance
GMAT 750, GPA 3.0
Harvard | Mr. Defense Engineer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Kellogg | Ms. Sustainable Development
GRE N/A, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Ms. Female Sales Leader
GMAT 740 (target), GPA 3.45
Tuck | Mr. Liberal Arts Military
GMAT 680, GPA 2.9
Harvard | Ms. Gay Techie
GRE 332, GPA 3.88
INSEAD | Mr. Product Manager
GMAT 740, GPA 63%

Guide to The Best Summer Business Programs

Berkeley's Haas School of Business is ranked ninth among the best U.S. B-schools by Poets&Quants.

University of California-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business

Name: The BASE (Business for Arts, Science and Engineering) Summer Program

Length: Six weeks

Cost: $7,020, not including housing

Target Audience: Undergraduates who major in arts, science and engineering subjects or recent graduates

Details: Berkeley’s program takes about 50 or so sophomores, junior and seniors along with students who have graduated in the last two years. They learn the basics of financial accounting, organizational behavior and marketing and take field trips to local investment banks, tech firms and consulting companies. Career counselors conduct interview and resume workshops to help students gain an advantage for a career in business.

University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Name: Summer Business Scholar Program

Length: Three weeks

Cost: $6,300, including room and board

Target Audience: Undergraduates to grads

Details: A deep dive into the fundamentals of business with class trips to several major companies headquartered in Chicago, including Kraft, Abbott Laboratories, United Airlines and Sears Holding. The program typically starts in mid-July and runs through early August, drawing about 45 students each summer.

The average age of a student in this program last year was 22, though it drew a range from 19 to 25. Some 37 colleges and universities were represented, with majors as diverse as engineering, art history, business, and sociology. Roughly half the students were from North America, with 25% from Europe, 13% from Asia, and 11% from Central and South America.

University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler School of Business

University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School

Name: UNC Business Essentials

Length: Online, maximum four months

Cost: $3,200

Target Audience: Undergraduate students and recent graduates who are not business majors

Details: There may be other online offerings out there, but UNC’s Business Essentials program is one of the few at a nationally ranked business school with big cred. Kenan-Flagler started this program only three years ago in 2009 and has enrolled nearly 600 students since then. The curriculum is taught in six modules which cover an introduction to business, financial accounting, economics and finance, marketing, business operations, and business communication.

The school says that students will spend an estimated 60 hours to complete the business certificate program, which equates to approximately 10 hours per module. Once the program is started, students must complete their work within a four month period of time. Each of the six Business Essentials courses takes an average of 10 hours to complete. The entire program can be completed in four months if a student spends just four hours a week taking the courses.

The biggest advantage of the program is the price and the convenience. At $3,200, it’s one-half to a third of the typical costs of a summer business program. The downside, of course, is that you’ll never step foot on a campus and meet (and bond) with a group of like-minded students who might end up as valuable friends and colleagues for a lifetime.

About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.