This academy has been created to expose first year business students to business concepts and practices, and serve as a guide for the successful college student from freshman year to graduation.

The Academy Experience

Leading Yourself…….Freshman and Sophomore Years- Leading Yourself (Making Good Decisions)

  • Seminars on professionalism, writing, leadership, diversity, budgeting, and business etiquette
  • Students will also attend academic, social, and sporting campus and community activities

Leading Others…….Junior and Senior Years- Leading Others (Developing Leadership Characteristics)

  • Leadership in student organizations, class projects, and service activities
  • Students will add one additional experience: internship, externship, double major, certificate program, study abroad, or international student exchange

Leadership Academy Students at BB&T Lecture
Leadership Academy students attending a BB&T lecture given by Warren Brown (owner of Cakelove)

Preparing Tomorrow's Business Leaders Today

In the first year, various seminars will be offered by the Richards College for academy students that are designed to assist students in understanding various majors in business and learning how to lead themselves and make good decisions.

Who can join the academy?

  • First year students who have declared a business major
  • Information about the academy is shared during the summer orientation sessions

What will academy participants experience?

  • Professional seminars given by UWG faculty/staff and guest speakers who are current leaders in various organizations
  • Opportunities to attend campus events with academy participants
  • Mentorship from current seniors/graduate students during your freshman year
  • Competitive opportunities for awards, recognitions, etc

When does the academy meet?

  • One Friday a month from 10am-12pm during the first year

What happens after the first year?

  • Academy students will discuss their “plus one” activities with their academic advisors (internship, externship, double major, certificate program, study abroad, or international student exchange)
  • Students will have the opportunity to participate in various career and leadership trainings

Richards College Fellows

Students who successfully complete the freshman year programming, additional training opportunities, and the “plus one” additional experience will qualify for the “Richards College Fellow” distinction. All Richards College Fellows will be given medallions to wear at graduation to represent their successful Leadership Academy journey.