Carlson School of Management

GopherBusiness Program - July 19-26, 2014

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 seven-day 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 renown 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.

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

Each year, we select approximately 45 students to be a part of the GopherBusiness program. It's a highly selective program. GopherBusiness applicants should 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; females; 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

The application deadline has passed and we have selected the participants for the 2014 program. If you have questions regarding the 2015 program, please contact


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