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Admissions FAQ


How do you view my application? Is anything more important than anything else?

We look at your application on a holistic basis. Your ACT/SAT scores and GPA are important, but more importantly is the level of challenge you gave yourself in your secondary education. We will look at the classes you took (compared to the classes offered at your school), and what grade you earned in those classes. We look at your level of involvement in your community, whether it be your city, school, swim team, or drama club. We look for difference-makers; people who have positively impacted the people around them. Please have a look at Dean White’s letter regarding admissions to the Illinois College of Business.


How many AP credits can I come in with? How does that work?

The University of Illinois Advanced Placement page shows the breakdown of which  scores are accepted for each test. Once a test has been accepted as fulfilling a requirement, you are done with that course, and can move on to the next step


What kind of classes will I be taking at the Illinois College of Business?

Business Academics is split into three types of classes: General Education, Business Core, and Major Courses. General Education will be your basic university courses (biology, physics, literature, history, etc). Business Core Courses will be your basic Business courses, which takes your through the introductory courses for all the business topics. You will take accounting, finance, marketing, organizational behavior, computer science, public speaking, and other courses to give you a broad understanding of what it means to be in “business.” Once you select a major, you can start taking Major Courses, which will be your upper-level (300/400 level) courses specific to each major. Also, you can take a variety of courses you want on campus; one of the delights of a large university.


When do I have to pick a major?

Because you are in the Illinois College of Business as a freshman, we give you two years of exploration before you have to choose a major. Of course, you can declare a major anytime, but the College gives you those two years to take your business core classes and decide which path you would like to take.


When do I start my business classes?

Your first day of classes will most likely be business core classes. Every freshman has to take Business 101 as well, which is a course introducing students to the concept of professional responsibility. Beyond that, you will start your major classes usually around sophomore or junior year.


Who will teach my classes? What’s the class size?

All College of Business courses are taught by College of Business professors. For general education courses, or some Business Core courses, you may be in a course taught by another college (i.e., Economics taught by Liberal Arts and Sciences), but almost all of them will be taught by a professor. Most large courses, like Micro and Macroeconomics with larger lecture sizes, will have smaller discussion sections of about 30-40 students, to make sure students are grasping the concepts. Generally, all upper-level College of Business classes are less than 40 students. You can best see this by visiting the College’s facilities and seeing the classrooms. They’re built for small class sizes taught by a professor.


I’m not sure I’ll get into the College of Business. If I don’t get in, what happens?

If you don’t get into the Illinois College of Business, the College’s admissions office will pass your application to the Division of General Studies.


If I am admitted to the Division of General Studies, will I be able to apply again later?

Yes. In May of your freshman year, you can apply to transfer into the College of Business from another college within the university. This Inter-College Transfer process is competitive, with only about 200 spots.


What kind of computer should I bring?

The University provides students with computer labs across campus, but personal computers are strongly recommended for all business students. Whether you purchase a netbook, laptop, or desktop computer is a matter of personal preference. However, Windows PCs are the preferred computer for the College of Business. Mac users should know that Econ 203, a mandatory business core course, does require the Windows version of Excel. Mac users will have to use a computer lab or a friend’s personal computer for this portion of the coursework.


What calculators do I need for Business?

The Texas Instruments BA-II Single Line LCD Financial Calculator is required for many business courses. The Hewlett Packard 12C or 12c Platinum may also be used. Students who are enrolled in the required math courses will also most likely need a TI-83 or TI-84 calculator. Math 125: Linear Algebra for Business Applications requires the matrix functions of the TI-83/84. TI-89 calculators are not allowed for most courses.