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The Freshman Experience

The Freshman Experience: Biz 1+2


What sets Saunders apart from other business schools?

Incoming freshman students at Saunders College are immersed in their business education from day one. Unlike other schools that focus on general electives, students in The Freshman Experience: Biz 1+2 jump-start their business education with rigorous and comprehensive curriculum that provides an introduction to the fundamentals of business and serves as a valuable reference throughout their business degree program.

Whether students enter Saunders with a specific major in mind or pursue Business Exploration, Biz 1+2 is a unique approach to get our students off to a fast start from day one.


What is The Freshman Experience?

Our unique approach gets business students off to a fast start. Incoming Saunders students are introduced to the functional areas of business as well as the key vocabulary and concepts students will find essential to their business education. Students can expect:

  • Develop a complete business plan from ideation to creation in their first year
  • Gain an understanding of entrepreneurship that students refer back to throughout their education
  • Work in a cohort model that facilitates active group work and team building
  • Experience small class sizes caped at 20 students allowing faculty to provide individualized attention
  • Take a “third hour” seminar for all freshman students to learn about career options and keys to success
  • Work in teams on a business simulation provising an early experience in understanding business strategy
  • A team of dedicated full-time faculty that work alongside Saunders Student Services to track students’ progress throughout the program
  • Are introduced and interact with alumni and the local business community


Biz 1+2 Business Plan Competition Winners

Biz 1+2 provides freshman students opportunities to create, innovate, and lead through
comprehensive business plan development. In partnership with D&C Digital, Saunders College of Business recognizes past Biz 1+2 winners. View past Biz 1+2 Business Plan Competition Winners, as also recognized in our plaque in our building.