Every summer, the Carlson School invites highly driven and exceptional high school sophomores and juniors to engage in a unique and exciting opportunity at the University of Minnesota. GopherBusiness is a week-long business challenge program in which students will immerse themselves in case study competitions, business simulations, and corporate and non-profit site visits all while spending a week at the University of Minnesota. Students will be mentored and taught by world renowned Carlson School faculty and will engage with Twin Cities business leaders.

Not only is GopherBusiness absolutely free for students, but they also receive a small stipend for successfully completing the program. Once students graduate from the GopherBusiness program, they will be offered a scholarship to the Carlson School of Management if admitted to the college.



    The GopherBusiness Experience

    Past participants share their experience and why this is not your typical business camp.


Program Benefits

GopherBusiness participants will:

  • Engage with Carlson School faculty and learn business fundamentals.
  • Connect with a non-profit in the Twin Cities and help solve a real organizational challenge.
  • Visit prominent Twin Cities companies and meet corporate executives.
  • Live on the thriving University of Minnesota campus for a week.
  • Meet Carlson School faculty, staff, alumni, and current students.
  • Make lifelong friends and have a ton of fun!

Selection Criteria

The GopherBusiness program will admit up to 50 high-achieving students. To be eligible, applicants must be:

  • Current high school sophomores or juniors.
  • Interested in business, non-profit or organizational leadership.
  • From a diverse background; a future first-generation college student; from an economically disadvantaged background; students with disabilities; or students of LGBT and related identities.

Ideal program candidates have a minimum 3.4 cumulative grade point average, strong math and science coursework, and demonstrated leadership and involvement.

Dates & Deadlines

Program Dates: July 22 - 29, 2017

Application: Will be available in early 2017. Check back for more details.

If you have additional questions regarding the program, please contact gopherbiz@umn.edu.