Advising Services—Current Students

Kauffman Entrepreneurial Year

Qualified students may propose to devote as much as an entire academic year to internships, special projects, business plan development, research into various facets of entrepreneurship, or analysis of how culture and public policy influence entrepreneurial activity. Students may apply from the time that they have been accepted into a major through the first semester of their senior year. Participation is open to all undergraduates in the College and the Eastman School of Music with the following exceptions:

  • Transfer students may not apply during their first semester at the University;
  • Take Five Scholars may not apply for the KEY Program.

Applications are available at each of several information sessions held each semester, at the Academic Services Counter outside Lattimore 312 and at

Applications are due no later than November 1st in the fall semester or the first Thursday after Spring Break in the spring term. Students should submit their KEY Program materials to Lattimore 312. Letters of recommendation are due the same day as the application and should be sent directly to Lattimore 312.

A list of courses that has been developed with entrepreneurship in mind can be found at Students should also consult the faculty with whom they want to study, and/or the appropriate departmental administrators to be sure that the courses they want to take will be offered, and that they are adequately prepared for the courses they intend to take. Each applicant needs to arrange for two full-time faculty members to send letters of recommendation to the KEY Review Board on his or her behalf.

A special review process exists for all proposed courses taught outside the College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering and the Eastman School of Music; such courses are normally not approved. Undergraduate courses taught at the Simon School are acceptable.

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