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Admission to Business Majors on all Campuses

The application for admission in Fall 2017 is now closed.  Fall 2017 class profile is available now.  Next available application period for admission in Spring 2018 will open on Monday, August 28, 2017.

Preparing to Apply:

1. Plan

Work with your current Academic Advisor, utilizing our Prospective Business Advising Record, to plan for success.  Pay attention to both academics (ensuring you are meeting minimum eligible requirements by the time you plan to apply) and experiential opportunities to strengthen your application. 

Students are encouraged to identify an alternate or parallel plan (a non-Business major) in addition to planning for their chosen School of Business major.

2. Explore

Research the majors offered at the School of Business and identify the major that fits best with your professional goals and parallel plan. 

When applying, you may indicate a first and second choice campus.  If you plan on applying to a major not available at your current campus, speak with your current Academic Advisor about campus change request procedures and timeline.

3. Learn

Attend an Information Session to learn more about the admissions process and have questions answered by School of Business staff. 

Continue learning about your major and chosen field, academically and experientially, while keeping your parallel plan intact.

4. Apply

Once you meet all eligibility requirements (typically in your fourth term) apply through our electronic application logging in with your NetID.  The application is available the first two weeks of every Fall and Spring term.

Decisions are communicated before registration and the campus change deadline.  All admitted students are required to attend a New Admit Advising session to help plan for the following term and beyond.

Admission Timeline

Applications for all majors in the School of Business are accepted the first two weeks of every Fall and Spring term.  Decisions are communicated before registration and the campus change deadline.

  • January 17, 2017 - Application opens
  • January 30, 2017 - Application closes at 11:59pm
  • Late February - Decisions communicated via UConn email
  • Early March - New Admit Advising session, School of Business

Admission to the School of Business is competitive and reliant on space available as determined by each campus.

Information Session Schedule

  • Thursday, January 19, 2017, from 12:30-1:20pm - Room 324, Waterbury Campus
  • Thursday, January 19, 2017, from 2-3pm - BUSN 214, Storrs Campus
  • Thursday, January 19, 2017, from 5:30-6:30pm - Multipurpose Room, Stamford Campus
  • Monday, January 23, 2017, from 2:30-3:30pm - BUSN 211, Storrs Campus

Majors Available by Campus

Hartford Stamford Storrs Waterbury
Accounting x
Business Administration x x x
Business Data Analytics x x x
Digital Marketing & Analytics x
Finance x
Financial Management x
Healthcare Management x
Management x
Management Information Systems x
Marketing x
Real Estate and Urban Economic Studies x

Students looking to apply into the Management and Engineering for Manufacturing (MEM) major apply at


Your strengths and determination demonstrated
through performance


  • Cumulative GPA
  • GPA in critical courses
  • GPA in business courses
  • Performance in quantitative courses
  • Grade trends
  • Course load
  • Repeated courses
  • Progress towards graduation
  • Consistency of academic performance
  • Criticals not taken at UConn after matriculation

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

Students seeking to apply to the School of Business must meet the following minimum requirements for their application to be eligible for review.  There are no exceptions to the minimum requirements.

  • Completion of at least 40 credits (earned on transcript, not including courses currently in progress)
  • Completion of (or current enrollment in) the seven critical required courses including:
    • ACCT 2001
    • ECON 1201 and ECON 1202 (or ECON 1200)
    • ENGL 1010, ENGL 1011, or ENGL 2011 (or approved waiver for transfer students)
    • MATH 1070Q and MATH 1071Q/1131Q (or alternate approved sequence)
    • STAT 1000Q or STAT 1100Q (or a STAT 91100 Q-level course)
  • At least a 2.0 cumulative GPA in all 2000+ level Business courses
  • Only courses and credits reflected on your UConn transcript at the time of application are considered
  • Courses planned on for the following summer or winter sessions are not considered


Your current Academic Advisor is a valuable resource who can help you to prepare and set goals.  Use our Prospective Business Advising Record to plan academically, and also discover opportunities and explore resources.

Students are strongly encouraged to identify a parallel plan in addition to their chosen School of Business major.  This serves to strengthen the plan for success for that student, thereby strengthening the overall application of that student. Speak with your Advisor and review the alternate pathways to a career in Business to help you identify an appropriate parallel plan.

If you are eligible to start taking Business courses, you can use our BADM Substitution list to see which Business courses count towards a Business minor that also satisfies Business major requirements.

Review prior admission cycle summaries to see the most common factors negatively impacting an application.

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Think about what makes the School of Business
right for you in achieving your goals


  • Thoughtfulness - goals aligned with actions
  • Intentionality - provide concrete examples
  • Articulation - communications skills
  • Grammar & spelling

Essay Prompt for Fall 2017 Applicants

Explain to the committee why you feel the Business major(s) you are applying for is right for you. To illustrate your answer, choose one of the University’s Core Values and provide one concrete example how you embody this value in your work towards achieving your goal.  If you are applying to two different majors on two different campuses, please address both majors in your single response.

Essays are limited to 3,000 characters (spaces included) and will be submitted in plain text format through the online application.  The essay prompt is subject to change by semester.


We recommend having your essay reviewed by friends, family, or non-Business faculty before submission for grammar and spelling. Additionally, the Writing Center is a great resource to assist with your ideas, articulation and thoughtfulness in answering the specific essay question.

It is important to know that prospective applicants cannot seek guidance or feedback on essay submissions from School of Business Faculty or Staff as many are involved in the admissions review process.  If you are considering applying, you are welcome to come in to speak with our Peer Advisors to help you to reflect on your experiences and think through your major choice.

Review prior admission cycle summaries to see the most common factors negatively impacting an application.

What Makes a Strong Essay?

Your essay should highlight your best and most unique qualities and articulate how business is the right choice for you.  It's not expected that you have your adult career mapped out yet, but your goals and actions thus far should align. Themes from successful essays are visually represented in the image below.

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Engagement and quality extracurricular experience


  • Leadership experience
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Applicable work experience
  • Demonstrated commitment

What is a Résumé?

For current students, the résumé is typically a one-page document that highlights educational background, experiences, accomplishments, skills, and interests. It is important to use appropriate phrasing in your résumé, emphasizing the keywords stated in the criteria in relation to the skills and accomplishments you have decided to highlight. Ultimately your résumé is a guide and marketing tool about you and your abilities. Be sure to relate your experiences with your career goals and desired business major.

It is recommended applicants use the sample résumé below to help communicate experiences that contribute to an application, noting that High School experience should not be included.

What makes a strong résumé?

  • Experiences align with business
  • Demonstrated leadership positions
  • Skills clearly communicated
  • Excellent grammar and spelling

Review prior admission cycle summaries to see the most common factors negatively impacting an application.


We encourage you to visit The University Center for Career Development, located in Wilbur Cross, for a résumé critique. Résumé critiques are provided on a walk-in basis during the academic year. Walk-in hours are held Monday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm.

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View summary profiles from last Fall and Spring admissions cycles. It is important to know that if any misrepresented information is included in an application, that applicant may lose the opportunity to apply this or future terms.


Next application period opens Monday, August 28, 2017.
Deadline will be Monday, September 11, 2017