Welcome to B3!!!
What is B3?
We are the Residential Academic Program (RAP) at the Leeds School of Business. We are a living-learning community that challenges its members to excel academically and as leaders and take advantage of all the opportunities available at the Leeds School.
Why Join B3?
- We provide a small, family atmosphere within the larger context of the University. As a member of B3, you will live with your fellow business students, take shared classes, and build friendships that will carry you to graduation and beyond.
- We provide dedicated in-house advising. And we mean “in-house” literally. The B3 offices are in the ground floor of your residence hall, and our doors are always open. As we know the key to success in college is good advising, we offer a unique model of an intrusive advising that supports the personal, academic, and professional development of our students.
- We focus on the business skills you will need as you enter the global environment. Our small weekly seminars include mock interviews, resume writing workshops and critiques, and public speaking practice in addition to special sessions with faculty in the business school’s areas of emphasis.
- We are going global! The global business environment is increasingly interconnected, and students coming out of business schools with a global perspective and international experience have distinct advantages in the workplace. Our Spring First Year Global Experience combines theory with practice as you travel abroad to apply your learning on a spring break study and service trip.
We are selective in the process of welcoming those students who self-identity as motivated, involved, and seeking leadership opportunities. We are looking for students who value an active learning community and truly want to connect with faculty, staff, professionals and current student leaders. If you are entering the University of Colorado at Boulder in the Leeds School of Business and want to get the most out of your experience, we hope you will consider joining the B3 family!
The first year at a university can be very challenging. The expectations are higher than what you experienced in high school. As a member of B3, you are never alone as you navigate this new environment. With our “intrusive advising” model, we help you stay on track and guide you towards any additional resources you might need.
The residential aspect of the program is also designed for your academic success. Living in the dorm with other students taking the same courses allows for spontaneous study groups, and our live-in mentors are there to help.
In addition to the live-in mentors, we have a cohort of 45 students who have been through our program and play an active mentoring role for the first-year students. Once you have chosen your mentor, they will act as a tutor, coach, friend, and guide.
We offer the only opportunity at the Leeds School of Business to live in a community of focused business students who are all striving to achieve a high level of academic and personal success. Community is the heart of the B3 program, and it is the reason why so many of our students return to act as mentors after they have completed their first year.
The three pillars of B3 are Personal, Professional and Academic, and we devote ourselves to creating an integrated, “whole-student” experience through our curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. As a part of this community, you will feel yourself surrounded by the support of your peers and mentors, enabling you to take risks and challenge yourself in new ways.
In addition to the academic support this community provides, we also have a lot of fun together! Just to name a few examples, you might go to a Colorado Rockies game, join in on family dinners, go on B3 hikes, challenge yourself on a ropes course, or carve a pumpkin at the Dean’s house!
We hope you will choose to be a part of this amazing community.
Sample Academic Schedule
Students typically take 14-17 credit hours during Fall Semester and 16-18 credit hours during Spring Semester. Below, you see a sample plan for the first year. Courses do not need to be taken in this order, and your requirements might be different depending on credits you bring in with you.
Fall Semester (14-17 Credits)
- BADM 1250: Fall First Year Seminar (1 credit)
- BCOR 1010: Intro to Business (3 credits)
- ECON 2010: Microeconomics (4 credits)
- MATH 1071: Finite Math (3 credits) or MATH 1081: Business Calculus (3 credits)
- WRTG 1150/1250: First Year Writing or Arts & Sciences Core Class (3 credits)
Spring Semester (15-17 credits)
- BADM 1260 First Year Global Experience with Spring Break trip abroad (2 credits)
- BCOR 1020: Business Statistics (3 credits)
- ECON 2020: Macroeconomics (4 credits)
- MATH 1081: Business Calculus or Arts & Sciences Core Class (3 credits)
- Arts & Sciences Core Class (3 credits)
The First Year Seminar (BADM 1250) and the First Year Global Experience (BADM 1260) both take place in our dedicated classroom in the first floor of your residence hall. You will also attend discussion sections for Intro to Business (BCOR 1010) and Business Statistics (BCOR 1020) in that classroom, further connecting your living and learning.
When applying for Housing, as a first choice select "Residential Academic Programs" from the first dropdown menu. Then you will see a second drop down menu. Select "Williams Village" on the program/hall assignment preference section. Participation is mandatory for all residents who select and are assigned to the B3 program. Please note there is an extra fee for participating in this RAP.
We will contact all interested students via email after they have made application through the housing reservation system.