Guide to The Best Summer Business Programs

University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce

Name: McIntire Business Institute

Length: Four weeks

Cost: $5,000, not including room and board

Target Audience: Undergraduate students and recent graduates

Details: When this program was launched in 1982, it was the first of them all. Beginning in late May, the program is an intensive dive into management, marketing, finance, accounting and info tech for students without prior business experience. The program is taught by the faculty of the undergraduate School of Commerce—not UVA’s Darden School.

Vanderbilt's Owen School of Management is ranked 28th among the best business schools in the U.S. by Poets&Quants

Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management

Name: Accelerator Business Institute

Length: Four weeks

Cost: $9,000, not including room which costs $1,000 more

Target Audience: Undergraduate students who have completed one year of study and recent graduates

Details: Vanderbilt typically takes in about 65 students for its four-week summer program that starts in early June. Most are economics majors (42%), followed by humanities and liberal arts majors (17% and those in the social sciences (14%).

Villanova School of Business

Name: Summer Business Institute

Length: Nine weeks

Cost: $9,200, not including room and board which costs $2,600 more

Target Audience: Non-business college students

Details: One of the longest programs, Villanova’s Summer Business Institute runs for nine weeks starting in late May thorough early August. Villanova students can actually earn a business minor through the program, while visiting students are given certificates that are the equivalent of a business minor.

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