The Sophomore Year of Purpose program will be piloted in Chicago during the Spring 2022 semester. Below are a few important points. For further questions, feel free to email us at


The following courses will be offered through the Chicago Hub: ACCY 202, BUS 201, BADM 211, BADM 275.

In addition, students will enroll in BUS 199, which will involve a project-based learning experience around the theme of Food Security. Students will engage with their courses in either an online or hybrid format, with the exception of BUS 199. For the course, students will:

  • learn the basics of human-centered design
  • learn about the challenges in Chicago related to food security from local experts
  • explore one organization related to food security in-depth
  • develop and innovate solution to addressing one piece of the larger food security issue

We will also be partnering with a local institution, so students will be working in groups with local students.


A shared housing complex in the heart of Chicago -- The Flats – walking distance from Millennium Park – will be offered to all students. Furnished apartments are either 2 or 3 shared bedrooms, with a kitchen and living room. Rates include all utilities, cable, internet, laundry facilities (Located on each floor) and building amenities. Groceries are available within walking distance. Housing costs have been negotiated to be consistent with housing opportunities on campus.  Building amenities are as follows:

Yoga Studio, Weight Room, Exercise Room, Basketball Gym, Computer Labs, Resident lounges (Located on each odd floor), On site security, On site management

Professional Development Opportunities:

  • Fireside chats with Gies Alumni
  • Networking Events
  • Hands-on real world experience through the BUS 199 course and beyond

Other excursions and activities:

  • Each student will receive a UVentra Pass to use public transportation to participate in BUS 199 course and excursions
  • Each student will receive a number of passes to enable visits to local museums and sights to be incorporated in the curricular and co-curricular experiences

Cost and Financial Aid:

Students pay their normal tuition/fees and an amount for housing in downtown Chicago at a subsidized cost of $2,500 for the semester. The program covers the cost of additional programming, selected activities, transportation to sponsored activities, and some meals.

In addition to any financial aid you receive, scholarships will be available specific to this program.

Application Process:

Please apply by October 18th for consideration (the application is closed, but if you are still interested, email us at!)