Undergraduate Leadership Program

The Albers Undergraduate Leadership Program is a special opportunity for freshmen and sophomores in the Albers School. The program provides personalized attention to develop your leadership skills so that you can take a leadership role within Albers, jumpstart connections with the business community, and earn special recognition upon graduation. Admission to the program is competitive and by application only.

When you successfully complete this program, you will:

  1. Discover a variety of ways to define and express leadership
  2. Increase self-awareness in relation to your leadership skills and begin to develop a personal philosophy of leadership
  3. Identify opportunities for you to exercise leadership at Albers, at Seattle University, and in our community
  4. Develop evidence of your leadership experience to include in your portfolio for future employers


BUAD 2820 (WQ)/2830 (SQ)

  • Readings, discussions, and reflections on leadership
  • Weekend leadership retreat
  • Project-based leadership experience in advocating for real change in front of real decision-makers
  • Mentorship by more senior leadership students
  • Albers Undergraduate Leadership Club activities

How it Works

Once accepted onto the program, you’ll enroll in BUAD 2820 (three credits) for Winter Quarter and in BUAD 2830 (two credits) for Spring Quarter. Since as an undergraduate you pay a flat rate for a fulltime load of 12 to 18 credits, you can still take up to 15 credits in other courses each quarter with no additional tuition fee. Both courses must be taken for credit to be awarded.

Time commitment

Our structured time consists of class most Mondays from 3:40 to 5:45 p.m. in WQ and SQ and one weekend retreat the start of WQ. You’ll also have project time and readings outside of class on your own schedule.

Perks of the Program

  • Academic credit and evidence of leadership skills for your employment portfolio
  • Quick immersion into Albers
  • Participation in the Mentorship Program a year earlier than your peers
  • Recognition upon graduation
  • Continuing opportunities for leadership development

As a student-athlete, the Albers Undergraduate Leadership Program has given me the mindset and tools to become an impactful leader in the classroom, in the community, and on the tennis court. I now know how to think like a leader and I enjoy bringing out the best in other people to create real change.

Matt Alderson BABA ’18, Finance major and Entrepreneurship minor, Men’s Tennis Team and President of the Albers Investment Club

The Albers Undergraduate Leadership program was one of the most rewarding experiences of my undergraduate career at Seattle University. Through UGL, I led projects to improve our university, mentored others, made lifelong relationships, and most importantly, developed skills that will carry on throughout my life. I am grateful that UGL has provided opportunities to discover the leader in me.

Jayna Funakoshi BABA '16, Marketing & Management Double Major, Entrepreneurship Minor

UGL has given me the opportunity to identify my strengths and work on my weaknesses within an organization of elite Albers students. For me personally, it has helped me immensely with my confidence to speak to superiors and network with community leaders.

Will Cohen BABA '17, International Business & Spanish Double Major, UGL President of Leadership.