Admission to Business Majors on all Campuses
Application for admission in the Fall 2020 term is now closed. The next application cycle for admission in the Spring 2021 term will open Monday, August 31, 2020.
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.
Learn About the Internal Admissions Process
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 31, 2020 - Application opens
- September 14, 2020 - Application closes at 11:59pm
- Early October - Decisions communicated via UConn email
- Prior to registration in October - Required 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.
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.
- 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
Current UConn 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
- Withdrawing from, or failing, critical courses that are in-progress at the time of application will immediately result in an ineligible application and subsequent inadmissibility for that application cycle
- 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. All students admitted from a major outside of the School of Business will be admitted into a new catalog year, and should be prepared to fulfill catalog requirements for that catalog year. Note that the University's Environmental Literacy requirement is required for catalog year 2019-20 and beyond.
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 Core Equivalencies List to see which core Business courses count towards a Business minor that also satisfies Business major requirements. Reference the Undergraduate Catalog for a complete list.
Review prior admission cycle summaries to see the most common factors negatively impacting an application.
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 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 after high school. 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?
- One-page in length
- Does not include any experiences limited to high school
- Experiences aligning with business
- Demonstrating leadership positions
- Skills clearly reflecting the learning gained
- Excellent grammar and spelling
It is strongly recommended that you meet with a Career Consultant on your campus to have your résumé reviewed at least one semester prior to submitting an application.
During the spring 2019 application cycle, applicants have the opportunity to work with the UConn School of Business Undergraduate Career Development Office (UCDO) for résumé reviews. Appointments for résumé reviews with UCDO are available on the Avery Point, Hartford, Stamford, Storrs, and Waterbury campuses.
The UConn Center for Career Development (CCD) on your campus is a great resource for ongoing résumé review. Schedule an appointment with your campus CCD Consultant below.
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.