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 leadership-based living-learning community for 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. Leadership House students are provided with opportunities to improve their leadership skills, network with influential leaders on and off-campus, and make a difference in their community. Students will live with other leaders, learn with other leaders, and be an active and engaged student on campus!

Apply to Leadership House

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

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

Applications are due June 10!

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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Live with Other Leaders

Students who are accepted into Leadership House live together on a specific residence hall floor in Dewey Hall in the Governors Complex on UB’s North Campus. You’ll gain valuable skills and experiences to add to your resume and you’ll be paired with an upper-class mentor who lived in Leadership House so they can help guide you throughout the year.

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 600+ alumni, and jump start your leadership development journey.

Learn Together

As part of the Leadership House program, you’ll be encouraged to spend time learning about yourself, others and your community as you enhance your leadership abilities and potential.  

Leadership House is a year-long commitment, with one required class each semester. During the fall semester, you’ll learn about different leadership skills and strategies and how they relate to your own leadership journey so you can better prepare yourself for future leadership opportunities. The spring semester course focuses on applying your leadership skills, learning about leadership opportunities on campus, connecting with the community through networking opportunities, and creating change through a community engagement project. 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.

Be an Active, Engaged Student

Campus involvement is an essential part of the Leadership House experience, which is why you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a certificate program focused on leadership development, community and civic engagement, and experiential learning. Leadership House students also participate in various student clubs, organizations, and experiences on and off campus. Together, these experiences help you build new leadership skills, give back to the community and make a positive impact during your first year at UB.

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