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Special Programs

Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations. —Peter Drucker

We offer several ways to serve others and develop your leadership abilities.  You can join BE-related clubs, leading others and directing projects (sidebar).  Or you can take part in one of several competitions, described below. 

Bear Innovate

The  Bear Innovate Competition, sponsored by the U-Imagine Center, is a “big idea” competition for students from any major in any year of study at Ursinus.  It encourages independent and creative thinkers to develop an entrepreneurial idea that satisfies a particular need — social, environmental, artistic, market, or some combination of the four.  The spring competition is structured so that entering teams produce a series of preliminary reports that culminate with a written overview of their project and an oral presentation to a panel of judges.  Winning teams receive cash prizes as well as summer housing on campus to continue development of their innovative ideas.  

Fed Challenge

The Fed Challenge is an opportunity for students to experience the challenges central bankers face in managing the economy.  Students gather with a faculty member weekly to discuss the current macroeconomic events and develop monetary policies that would address current and future issues.  These policies are presented to professional observers of the Federal Reserve system at a regional competition.

Equity Research Challenge

Each year, under the advisement of a BE professor, a group of three to five Ursinus students enters the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute’s Equity Research Challenge. The competition gives the students an opportunity to write a professional analysis of a publicly traded stock while networking with financial professionals and students from other colleges and universities who are interested in finance.Members of and advisors to the Ursinus CFA Challenge team after winning the Philadelphia region CFA challenge in February 2016.Members of and advisors to the Ursinus CFA Challenge team after winning the Philadelphia region CFA challenge in February 2016.

Simon School Case Competition

Ursinus students, both Applied Economics majors and students from other majors, take part in the University of Rochester Simon School of Business’s annual Early Leader Case Competition. The competition groups Ursinus students with students from across the country to work for a weekend on solving a real-world business challenge. Students from Ursinus take home prize money from the competition every year.

Phil Gianolio-Falk ('16), left, and his teammates, who won first place in the 2015 Simon School Early Leaders Case Competition.Phil Gianolio-Falk ('16), left, and his teammates, who won first place in the 2015 Simon School Early Leaders Case Competition.

Direct Admission to MBA Program at Saint Joseph’s University

Your undergraduate education at Ursinus College has prepared you with the critical thinking, complex reasoning, and written communication skills essential for success. Now, as an Ursinus graduate, you can take advantage of our partnership with Saint Joseph’s University to further enhance your credentials with an MBA from SJU. As a continuation of a partnership that has spanned more than 30 years, Ursinus graduates can matriculate to the MBA program at Saint Joseph’s University immediately after or within two years of graduation to earn program benefits. All graduates, regardless of major, are eligible to apply. Details