The Business Fellows program blends classroom learning and real-world experience to prepare you for the world of business, nonprofits or government. You and your classmates will learn how to work as a highly effective team, completing coursework and collaborating on consulting projects and other assignments. Learn more about the Business Fellows on the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business website.

If you plan to major in entrepreneurship, finance, management, marketing, international business, international economics, economics, economic consulting or accounting, consider the opportunities you will have as a Business Fellow:

  • Take at least one course each semester offered exclusively to Business Fellows, taught by leading teacher-scholars in Elon’s AACSB internationally accredited Martha and Spencer Love School of Business.
  • Junior and senior fellows head to Wall Street and other parts of New York to learn about business in the Big Apple. While there, fellows meet Elon alumni at a networking reception, visit the New York Stock Exchange, and spend time at companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Credit Suisse, David Beahm Designs, Thomson Reuters, UBS, Merrill Lynch and Bloomberg.
  • Work as a consultant on projects that might include marketing research, human resource management practices or operations, or manage a $250,000 financial portfolio.
  • Recently, fellows have visited Poland, Mexico, Argentina and the United Arab Emirates to gain valuable insights on global business issues.

Who should apply?

Applicants should have a GPA of at least 3.8 and a combined evidence-based reading and writing and math SAT score of 1380, with a minimum of 600 on the math section, or an ACT score of 30 or higher. International applicants may apply without a standardized test. Sharp analytical skills and a strong interest in majoring in entrepreneurship, finance, management, marketing, economics, international business, accounting or economic consulting are also required.

Thirty Business Fellows will be selected annually based on academic criteria, business interest and experience, essays and interviews.

Program Benefits


Twenty-two Fellows will be awarded scholarships valued at $5,500, which are renewable annually as long as the student remains a Fellow in good standing. This is in addition to any Presidential Scholarship received.

Real Investment Experience

During their senior year, Business Fellows divide into two groups—a portfolio management team and a consulting team.

The portfolio management team manages a $250,000 portion of the university’s endowment over the course of eight months. The team develops an investment strategy supported by in-depth research and analysis and is challenged to maintain the fellows’ past performance, which has nearly always exceeded the performance of major financial indices.

The consulting team conducts various consulting projects for Elon University and local clients. Last year’s team was introduced to the world of management consulting by working on a project with Trivantage, a trademark of Glen Raven. The team conducted research and analysis on Brazil, Chile and Colombia and their respective markets to explore the option of Trivantage expanding into these markets.

Global Study Grant

All 30 Business Fellows receive a $1,000 grant to support a university-approved study abroad or Study USA experience.

Professional Development

Fellows engage in a comprehensive four-year career development plan led by the Porter Family Professional Development Center in the Love School of Business. The center helps fellows create and execute an action plan to achieve professional goals. All fellows complete at least one internship for academic credit—a valuable opportunity to get real-world business experience before your first job.