Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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I’m a graduating senior. Can I still attend YEBW this summer?
Yes, students in the graduating class of 2017 may attend YEBW 2017.
I will be entering my freshman year of high school in the fall. Can I still attend YEBW this summer?
YEBW serves high school students at all grade levels, entering freshmen to graduating seniors. If you are an incoming freshman and are concerned about 'keeping up,' YEBW is available to review school transcripts and schedule a phone interview to help determine if the program will be a good fit this summer.
What is the age breakdown of the first-year program?
No matter your stage of high school, you will find value in YEBW. Although the exact breakdown changes each year, typically 60-70% of the first-year students are sophomores or juniors. Freshmen and seniors make up about 15-20% each.
I don’t have any business experience and have never taken a business class. Will I be overwhelmed?
The first-year program is designed to benefit students with and without business experience. Specific background or knowledge is not required to succeed at YEBW.
I have a lot of business experience. May I skip the first-year program?
This experience will be different than any other. Students involved in DECA, FBLA or other business organizations will not be underwhelmed or bored at YEBW. All students are encouraged to complete Business Week before entering Investing Week or Entrepreneur Week.
Will I get accepted?
YEBW registration is a first-come, first-serve process. You may be placed on the waitlist if your campus of choice or program is full, so register as early as possible.
Can I complete multiple YEBW programs in the same summer?
Yes, depending on your age and other factors, you may attend Business Week, Investing Week and Entrepreneur Week in the same year. Upperclassmen—juniors and seniors—who want to complete our series of programs during the same summer will be granted preference over underclassmen—freshmen and sophomores—who have the option to return for the program the following summer.
How much is YEBW?
Tuition is $995 for Oregon students and $1,395 for out-of-state residents. Tuition covers room, board and curriculum materials for the full week.
I don’t think my family can afford the full tuition; can I still attend?
Our mission is to provide all Oregon high school students the opportunity to experience YEBW. We want to ensure you are able to attend regardless of financial circumstances.
Sponsorships are granted at the discretion of YEBW staff. Aid is issued on a first-come, first-serve basis; please apply early for consideration. The Financial Aid Application for YEBW 2018 opens December 2017.
When is YEBW?
YEBW 2017 takes place at University of Portland, July 9-15, University of Oregon, July 23-29, and Oregon State University, Aug. 6-12. Program activities run for seven days, from Sunday check-in starting at 9 a.m. to Saturday check-out at 2 p.m. For more details, please preview Student Instructions.
What is the schedule during the week?
The YEBW schedule is jam-packed with activities, company meetings, career exploration opportunities and guest speakers. A typical day begins with an all-program meeting at 8:30 a.m., followed by activities through 10 p.m. Students who would like to retire to their dorm rooms early are not required to participate in Life Balance Activities, which typically begin around 9 p.m. Each day, lunch and dinner are a full hour long.
What is an average day at YEBW?
While there is no such thing as an average day at YEBW, most days have some similar elements: meetings with your 'company' of peers, interactive business leadership seminars, guest speakers and Life Balance Activities.
Is there free time?
Yes, there are Life Balance Activities each day, including fun games, challenges, sports and movies. You may also relax, read a book, go to the campus bookstore or interact with new friends.
How are students supervised?
We want your week with YEBW to be safe and productive; all students must abide by YEBW's Code of Conduct and remain on campus for the entire program. Each night, university staff and YEBW staff supervise every dorm floor and wing. Campus security is also present and available throughout campus.
Where will I eat and sleep?
At University of Portland, you stay at Fields Hall and most meals will be at the Bauccio Commons. At Oregon State University, reside in Weatherford Hall and dine at West Dining Hall. At University of Oregon, reside at Global Scholars Hall and eat at Carson Dining Hall.
Can I select a roommate? How are “random” roommates determined?
Yes, you may choose a same-gender roommate. Dorm floors are separated by gender and monitored all week to ensure a safe environment for everyone. If you do not choose a roommate, you will be assigned a roommate similar in age—likely from a different high school.
How is my 'company' determined?
You will be randomly placed in a mock company of 8-10 students from different high schools. We take geography, educational background, age and other factors into account to create an intentionally diverse team.
Is transportation provided to and from campus?
Please arrange your own transportation to arrive on campus on Sunday for check-in between 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and depart from campus on the following Saturday for check-out by 3 p.m. We suggest students traveling via airports or other transit stations contact us for recommendations before making reservations. We strongly encourage parents to attend the Check-In Welcome Ceremony on the first day and the Closing Ceremony on the last day; YEBW will provide additional information during online registration. For more details, please preview Student Instructions.
What do I need to bring to YEBW?
Please refer to YEBW's Packing List, which is also provided during your online registration. You may wear casual attire for the entire week with the exception of Wednesday evening and Friday, when you will want to wear more formal attire for business presentations, our etiquette dinner and the dance.
I don’t have access to business-formal attire, what do I do?
Please notify YEBW as soon as possible and we will be able to accommodate your needs.