Leadership House

Get access to exclusive leadership opportunities, learn how to thrive in a professional setting, and work with outstanding mentors to get the most out of your time at UB.

About Leadership House

Leadership House is a highly-selective emerging leaders program that is only open to first-year students attending the University at Buffalo. We accept up to 30 students each year to participate in this one-of-a-kind program.

This program is geared towards making sure students get the most out of their time at UBuffalo, providing members with opportunities to gain and improve leadership skills, apply these skills in meaningful ways, network with successful Leadership House alumni, and establish a supportive community of peers. Challenge yourself to make the most out of your first year at UBuffalo by applying for this exclusive program.

Apply for Leadership House

Apply to Leadership House

Leadership House is a competitive program, but our application process is simple! We'll ask for some basic information in our online application and have you send us a personal statement through a media of your choice. 

If you have questions regarding the program or the application, please contact Sarah Schauer, LEAD Coordinator – Leadership Education at (716) 645-6469 or email our office.

Applications for the 2022-2023 academic year have closed! Check back in February 2023 for more information about next year's class!

Learn More

From finding your best friends and mentoring new students as a Peer Mentor to making a positive and lasting impact on UB's campus, Leadership House offers a wide range of opportunities and experiences to our students. Check out some of what you can expect in the tabs below!

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Find Success

In Leadership House, you’ll live with students who are interested in improving their leadership skills, allowing them to be more successful in their chosen career paths. Here, you’ll find support from peers, attend leadership retreats and workshops, connect with our network of 700+ alumni, and jump start your leadership development journey.

Just this year, Leadership House students have...

  • Been elected as President and Vice President of the Undergraduate Student Association
  • Served as the Director of Engagement and Director of Finance of the Residence Hall Association
  • Won SUNY Chancellor's Awards for Student Excellence
  • Were honored with several different distinctions and awards at their graduation ceremonies
  • Made a positive impact on UB and Buffalo's communities

From medical school to law school, SpaceX to Facebook, our students are trendsetters, innovators, and leaders in all that they do.

Learn to Lead

Leadership House is a year-long commitment, with one required class each semester. Here are some of the topics we cover in these courses:

Fall Semester - UBE 102

  • Individual leadership styles
  • Communication strategies
  • Adaptive leadership
  • Grit and perseverance
  • Leading effective teams
  • Global leadership

Spring Semester - UBE 496

Social Change Model of Leadership Development

  • Consciousness of self
  • Collaboration and common purpose
  • Commitment
  • Controversy with civility

Through the study and practice of leadership, you will acquire the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to become an effective, collaborative leader in a global society.

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