Better Because of Illinois
- #3 preferred institution for recruiters Wall Street Journal
- Brigadier General Wilma Vaught was the first female, US General, and graduated from the College of Business at Illinois.
- #6 highest income potential from a Midwestern institution; the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was the only public school on the list Payscale.com
Looks like you're in business! Now what?
Congrats on your admission. Here's what you need to do to prepare. (Remember when we said you'd hit the ground running? We weren't kidding.)
Complete your University Admissions checklist.
Review degree information, including orientation, gen eds, required business courses, and more.
Look at a sample business freshman year.
The cool thing about a business degree is that you get the freedom to plan your own academic schedule. Here's an example of a typical freshman year. (Yours may vary, depending on your own personal interests, AP credits, and scheduling.)
First semester (15–16 hours)
Business 101: Intro to Professional Responsibility
ECON 102: Intro to Microeconomics
MATH 125: Linear Algebra for Business Applications
RHET 105: Principles of Composition
General education requirement
Second semester (15–16 hours)
ECON 103: Intro to Macroeconomics
MATH 234: Business Calculus
CS 105: Intro to Computing: Non-Technical
CMN 101: Intro to Public Speaking
General education requirement
Select a major in the College of Business
The College of Business doesn't admit you based on a selected major. That means you can choose whichever major—or majors—you want (just choose it before your junior year). Ready to select your major now? Great. Go to the front desk at the Undergraduate Affairs Office in 1055 BIF and fill out the proper form. Unless you're interested in the Supply Chain Management major—in that case, you have to apply to the program.
For a complete list of majors and descriptions, go to Academics.
Take classes this summer to get ahead.
Why spend the summer bored out of your mind? Prepare yourself for the Fall semester by taking community college classes. Make sure you check out www.transfer.org. It'll connect your community college courses with our courses—and match the ones that transfer properly.
Check your AP credits.
Before you create your schedule, take note of the classes in which you've already received AP credits. Visit the university's list of accepted AP scores for more info.
File your FAFSA.
We know, we know. More paperwork. But it's totally worth it. If you're overwhelmed filling out the forms, the Financial Aid Office can help you with all the necessary paperwork and applications. For more info about receiving financial aid from the government, university, or scholarships, go to the Financial Aid Office website.
The university provides computer labs all over campus, but we strongly recommend personal computers for all business students. Whether you bring a netbook, laptop, or desktop depends on your preference.
Oh, and a note for you Mac users: ECON 203 (a mandatory business core course) requires the Windows version of Excel. You'll have to use a computer lab or make other arrangements for this part of the coursework.
Microsoft Office Suite for your operating system is highly recommended throughout the university. In fact, most business-related classes will require you to use it during your first year. We offer a substantial academic discount, so check out webstore.illinois.edu for more info on buying it.
The Texas Instruments BA-II Single Line LCD Financial Calculator is required for most business courses, but the Hewlett Packard 12C or 12C Platinum can be used, too.
When you're enrolled in the required math courses, you'll need a TI-83 or TI-84 calculator. (Classes like MATH 125: Linear Algebra for Business Applications require the matrix functions that these calculators provide.)
No TI-89 calculators. They're not allowed for most courses.
Your first business classes will require an i>Clicker. It's basically a hand-held remote that lets you submit in-class answer choices to your professor. It's used for everything from attendance to quizzes. You'll find i>Clickers at the Illini Union Bookstore.