Admission to Business Majors on all Campuses
Application for admission in the Spring 2018 term is now closed. The next application cycle for admission in the Fall 2018 term will open Tuesday, January 16, 2018.
Preparing to Apply:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 16, 2018 - Application opens
- January 29, 2018 - Application closes at 11:59pm
- Early March - Decisions communicated via UConn email
- Prior to registration in 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
- Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 3:30-4:30pm, Storrs Campus BUSN 214
- Thursday, January 18, 2018, 12:00-1:00pm, Hartford Campus HTB 209
- Thursday, January 18, 2018, 12:30-1:30pm, Waterbury Campus Room 218
- Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 12:30-1:30pm, Waterbury Campus Room 218
- Thursday, January 25, 2018, 12:00-1:00pm, Hartford Campus HTB 209
- Spring Information Sessions for Avery Point, Stamford, and Storrs TBD
Majors Available by Campus
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Students looking to apply into the Management and Engineering for Manufacturing (MEM) major apply at ppc.engr.uconn.edu.
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:
- 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.