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Goolsby Leadership Academy BNSF Early Leader Program

For over a decade, the Academy has enhanced conventional learning by challenging students to be problem solvers and ethical leaders. Focusing on integrity, courage and impact, the Academy has developed outstanding alumni that are excelling in their professional careers. Now, thanks to a gift from the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company (BNSF), the Goolsby Leadership Academy has created the BNSF Early Leader Program. This extension of the Academy will accept incoming business-intended freshman and is dedicated to strengthening the leadership ability of students. The program is designed to help students transition into Goolsby Scholars in their junior year, yet acceptance is not guaranteed.

For their freshman fall semester, the students will enroll in a special section of the Freshman Interest Group (FIG) course.  In the spring semester of the freshman year, the students will have monthly activities, scheduled on a weekday or weeknight, which will vary depending on the semester. Some of the activities that might be planned will be guest speakers, team building exercises, and field trips.

During the fall semester of the sophomore year, students will enroll in a special section of Communications in Organizations (MANA 2302), taught by a Goolsby Academy faculty member. Additional non-class activities will be scheduled as well. During the spring semester of their sophomore year, the students will enroll in a business writing class.

To be considered for the freshman cohort, the student should:

  • Be an incoming freshman.
  • Have less than 15 hours of college credit.
  • Be a Business-Intended student or business major throughout the program while completing business curriculum and making adequate progress toward a business degree.
  • Maintain full-time enrollment
  • Preference will be given to students with a score of 1250 on the SAT or a score of 23 on the ACT.

To be enrolled in the sophomore cohort, the student should:

  • Have 25 hours or more of college credit.
  • Be a Business-Intended student or business major throughout the program while completing business curriculum and making adequate progress toward a business degree.
  • Maintain 3.1 GPA.
  • Maintain full-time enrollment.

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