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Admission to Business Majors on all Campuses

Application for admission in the Spring 2018 term is now closed. Next application cycle for admission in the Fall 2018 term will open Tuesday, January 16, 2018.

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.  Your application will be for a specific major at a specific 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.

  • August 28, 2017 - Application opens
  • September 11, 2017 - Application closes at 11:59pm
  • Early October - Decisions communicated via UConn email
  • Prior to registration in October - 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

  • Wednesday, August 30, 2017, 12:30-3pm, Room 203, Waterbury Campus
  • Thursday, August 31, 2017, 12-2pm, HTB 220, Hartford Campus
  • Thursday, August 31, 2017, 2-3pm, BUSN 214, Storrs Campus
  • Thursday, August 31, 2017, 2-3pm, Room 109, Stamford Campus
  • Tuesday, September 5, 2017, 1-1:45pm, Room 203, Waterbury Campus
  • Tuesday, September 5, 2017, 2-3pm, Room 109, Stamford Campus
  • Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 2-3pm, BUSN 215, Storrs Campus
  • Thursday, September 7, 2017, 9-11am, ACD Room 304, Avery Point Campus
  • Thursday, September 7, 2017, 2-4pm, HTB 229, Hartford 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 ppc.engr.uconn.edu.

Academics

Your strengths and determination demonstrated
through performance

Factors

  • 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
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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

Resources

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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Essay

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

Criteria

  • Thoughtfulness - goals aligned with actions
  • Intentionality - provide concrete examples
  • Articulation - communications skills
  • Grammar & spelling
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Essay Prompt for Fall 2017 Applicants

All students must Answer both A and B in order to qualify for admission.  Part A:  Explain to the committee why you feel a specific Business major that you are applying for is right for you. Please demonstrate with at least one concrete example of what you have done thus far in your college career that has prepared you for moving in the direction of Business.  Part B: The University’s Core Values are Innovation, Leadership, Global Engagement, and Diversity.  Select one core value that best represents you and share with the committee one concrete example of how you embody this value in your work towards achieving your goal of joining the School of Business.

The essay response is limited to 3,000 characters, including spaces, and will be submitted in plain text format.  Anything over the 3,000 characters will not be included with the application. The essay prompt is subject to change by semester.

Resources

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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Résumé

Engagement and quality extracurricular experience

Criteria

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

An applicant is evaluated and compared to the applicant pool by how their resume reflects the learning gained during their involvement in activities since their high school experience.  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 aligning with business
  • Demonstrating leadership positions
  • Skills clearly reflecting the learning gained
  • Excellent grammar and spelling

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

Resources

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.

Join LAUNCH Today!

Make sure you're making the most of your time at UConn and developing your resume of experiences by signing up for LAUNCH.  All majors welcome!

 

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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.

 

The application for admission in the Fall 2018 term will open Tuesday, January 16, 2018.