Admission to Business Majors on all Campuses

The application for Spring 2023 admission is closed. The application for Fall 2023 admission will open January 17, 2023.

Admission Timeline

Applications for all majors in the School of Business are accepted during the first two weeks of every Fall and Spring term from students in other major programs at UConn, and from current UConn Business students interested in Business majors on other campuses. Decisions are communicated before registration and the campus change deadline. When the application is active, the link to apply online is located at the bottom of this webpage.

  • January 17, 2023 - Application opens
  • January 30, 2023 - Application closes at 11:59pm EST
  • Early/Mid-March - Decisions communicated via UConn email prior to registration for Fall 2023
  • Prior to registration in March - required School of Business Orientation for newly admitted students

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

To discuss questions regarding the admissions process please visit us during drop-in advising hours.

Admissions Process

Upcoming Admissions Info Sessions

  • Virtual winter/spring session information coming soon

Upcoming Resume Workshops

  • Virtual spring session information coming soon

For exceptions to standard academic policies and minimum eligibility requirements due to COVID-19, see the Academics section below that links to semester-specific information regarding spring 2020, fall 2020, and spring 2021.

Application Breakdown

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.

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

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.

Identify a second choice campus/major for your application. See Academics below for more details.

3. Engage

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

Forty percent of application review (your essay and résumé) relies heavily on your experience outside of the clsasroom. It is important to strategically engage in opportunities that allow you to explore business, and your major and field of interest.

Opt-in to LAUNCH, a strategic engagement plan delivered weekly to your email to empower you to make purposeful choices in designing your student experience. Exploring student organizations, earning an experiential certificate, becoming certified in Bloomberg Market Concepts, volunteering in your community, working part time, and joining a UConn mentorship program are a few examples of engagement outside of the classroom.

4. Apply

Once you meet all eligibility requirements (typically in your fourth term) apply through our electronic application by logging in with your NetID.  The application is available the first two weeks of every Fall and Spring term. Late applications are not considered.

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.

New transfer students in their first term at UConn who submit application through this process will receive a decision based upon available space after completion of one full semester at UConn.

Review the ranges and averages of admitted students, as well as common factors of strong applications and common mistakes.

Factors Considered During Application Review

  • 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:
    • ACCT 2001
    • ECON 1201 and ECON 1202 (or ECON 1200)
    • ENGL 1007, ENGL 1010, ENGL 1011, or ENGL 2011 (or for transfer students, six credits with both ENGL 91002 and ENGL 91003 or an approved course equivalency)
    • MATH 1070Q and 1071Q; or MATH 1070Q and 1131Q; or MATH 1131Q and 1132Q (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
  • Applicants must be enrolled in classes at the University of Connecticut in the term in which they are applying through internal admissions to the School of Business. Eligibility is reliant on the active student status, thus students who withdraw from the current term or whose status changes to inactive for any reason are no longer eligible for admission in the current cycle. These students will have to submit a new application in the next admission cycle once they are active students.
    • Students enrolled part-time (fewer than 12 credits) should provide information in the application about why they are enrolled part-time
    • Only courses and credits reflected on your UConn transcript (in the "Undergraduate Record" section) 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

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 to 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 applying to a Storrs Business major as a first choice, students are also strongly encouraged to select a regional campus Business major as a second choice in their applications if willing to continue their studies at that regional campus. Students are admitted to Business based on space available. Sometimes students can be admitted to a regional campus when they might not be admitted to their first choice in Storrs due to higher demand for the spaces available in Storrs. Please note that applications are only evaluated for their second choice if students are not admissible to their first choice, and that indicating a second choice does not impact your admission decision for your first choice. Please also note that being admitted to a regional major means you will be unable to take Business courses at the Storrs campus.

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.

View the links below for semester-specific exceptions to standard academic policies and minimum eligibility requirements due to COVID-19.

Students looking to apply into the Management and Engineering for Manufacturing (MEM) major apply at https://request.engr.uconn.edu/.

Factors Considered During Application Review

  • Does essay highlight student's best and most unique qualities?
  • Does essay articulate how business is the right choice for the student?
  • Are examples detailed and concrete?
  • Alignment of goals and actions
  • Level of thoughtful self-reflection
  • Professionalism in communication
  • Grammar and spelling

Essay Prompt

All students must answer both Parts A and B.

Part A: Identify your goals in the field of business and explain to the committee how your desired major aligns with those goals. Please use at least one concrete example of post-high school experience that has contributed to your interest in this major. (1,500 character limit)

Part B: Reflect on one of the University's Core Values: Innovation, Leadership, Global Engagement, and Diversity. Identify at least one concrete example of your connection to this Core Value and describe the ways that experience has influenced your professional aspirations. (1,500 character limit)

The essay responses are limited to 1,500 characters each, including spaces, and will be submitted in plain text format. Anything over the 1,500 characters will not be included with the application. Students may choose to use two different concrete examples, or may use the same concrete example to respond to each part A and B. The essay prompt is subject to change by semester.

Resources

We recommend having your essay reviewed by the UConn Writing Center on your campus, mentors, friends, family, or non-Business faculty before submission for grammar and spelling.

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 speak with our Peer Advisors to help you to reflect on your experiences and think through your major choice.

What Makes a Strong Résumé?

  • One page in length
  • Does not include any experiences limited to high school
  • Experiences aligning with business
  • Demonstrated commitment
  • Demonstrated leadership experience
  • Applicable work experience
  • Skills clearly reflecting the learning gained
  • Excellent grammar and spelling

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 résumé 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.

Any resume workshops for School of Business Applicants will be listed at the top.

Resources

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 also a great resource for ongoing résumé review. Schedule an appointment with your campus CCD Consultant below.

Join LAUNCH Today!

Make sure you're making the most of your time at UConn and developing your résumé by signing up for LAUNCH.  All majors welcome! View past LAUNCH communications to see what is sent weekly to students who opt-in.

How to Strategically Engage at UConn

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.