The W. P. Carey School of Business recognizes and rewards academic excellence through the W. P. Carey Leaders Academy. The Leaders Academy is comprised of academically motivated and talented students, including all Business Honors students (those who are concurrently enrolled in the W. P. Carey School and Barrett, The Honors College). The W. P. Carey Leaders Academy spans the entire college experience, offering programming and opportunities from the first week of the first-year through graduation from the W. P. Carey School of Business. As a Leaders Academy student, you have access to many exclusive academic, professional, and co-curricular opportunities that will help build a network for success during and after your college experience.

Access to Faculty

A Leaders Academy faculty mentor from each academic department within the W. P.  Carey School is available to help guide you through decisions about academics and your future career. The faculty mentors participate in many of the student events and activities throughout the academic year, giving you a great opportunity to know faculty members outside the classroom.

Professional Development and Networking

W. P. Carey Career Management and Employer Engagement offers targeted career support to Leaders Academy students. Take advantage of a semester long professional development course, workshop opportunities, and a career coach, all dedicated to supporting your academic and career goals. You will also receive invitations to community events, such as Economic Club of Phoenix luncheons, the W. P. Carey School's Hall of Fame dinner, and distinguished speaker luncheons, which offer exposure to successful members of the business community. Additionally, monthly dinners are planned with local businesspeople, often alumni, which can spark networking and even lead to informal interviews.

Camp Carey

To start your first year off right, a special session of Camp Carey is hosted for Leaders Academy students during the first weekend of the fall semester. Connect with other top first-year students, and get to know student leaders of the Leaders Academy and W. P. Carey School.

Residential Community

First-year Leaders Academy students will live together in a residential community in Hassayampa. Leaders Academy-Barrett students may also choose to live in the Barrett Business Community — designated floors of Agave within Barrett, The Honors College. In both communities, Leaders Academy student leaders host regular programming and events, and offer support and guidance to ease your transition to college.

Leaders Academy Engagement

You may also participate in unique co- and extra-curricular programming and activities, such as the annual Leaders Academy Spring Mixer, faculty receptions, the professional dinner series, and more. Additionally, you have complete access to an exclusive computer lounge complete with printer and quiet work space, located in McCord Hall.

Become a Leaders Academy Student

There are three ways to join Leaders Academy: 

  1. Incoming W. P. Carey first-year students are automatically admitted based on high school academic records, including grade point average and test scores.
  2. Business Honors students, who are concurrently enrolled in W. P. Carey and Barrett, The Honors College, are automatically admitted.
  3. Other students should plan to apply at the end of their first academic year, for competitive admission into the W. P. Carey Leaders Academy.

For current W. P. Carey students wishing to join Leaders Academy, community involvement and demonstrated leadership in extracurricular activities are considered along with your academic record.  Students must also have at least 25 credit hours of college coursework, a grade point average of 3.25 or higher, and at least three (3) semesters remaining in your degree program.

Submit your Leaders Academy application, and include your SAT (math and critical reading sections) and/or ACT composite scores. If your scores are already on file, there is no need to resubmit them. Additionally, you may include up to two letters of recommendation, though they are not required for admission.

Contact Us

W. P. Carey Leaders Academy
McCord Hall, Suite 102