Admissions FAQ

Got questions? We’ve got answers to the questions admitted students ask most.

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

We look at your application on a holistic basis. That means stuff like ACT/SAT scores are important, but so is the level of challenge you gave yourself in high school. We’ll look at the classes you took (compared to the classes your school offered) and the grades you earned. We’ll look at your involvement in your community (think city, school, swim team, drama club, etc.). We’ll look for difference-makers—the people who’ve positively impacted those around them. Dean White explains this process in more detail here.

How many AP credits can I come in with?

The University of Illinois’ AP page shows the breakdown of scores accepted for each test. Once we’ve accepted a test as fulfilling a requirement, you’re done with that course and can move on.

What kinds of classes will I take at the College of Business?

So business is split into 3 types of classes: General Education, Business Core, and Major Courses. Gen Ed makes up your basic university courses (biology, physics, literature, history, etc.). Business Core courses are primary business classes that give you a broad understanding of basic business topics: accounting, finance, marketing, organizational behavior, computer science, public speaking, etc. You can start taking Major Courses once you’ve chosen a major. These are upper-level (300–400-level) courses specific to your major. And because we’re a large university, you can take a variety of courses from different departments.

When do I have to pick a major?

When you’re in the College of Business as a freshman, you get 2 years of exploration before you have to choose a major. Of course, you can declare a major anytime, but these 2 years let you take the Business Core courses and decide which path you want to take.

When do I start my business classes?

Your first day of classes will mostly likely be Business Core classes. You have to take Business 101 as a freshman, which will introduce you to the concept of professional responsibility. Beyond that, you’ll start your major classes usually around sophomore or junior year.

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

All College of Business classes are taught by College of Business professors. For Gen Eds and some Business Core courses, you might be in a course taught by another college (e.g., economics taught by Liberal Arts and Sciences), but almost all of them will be taught by a professor. Most large lecture courses, like Micro and Macroeconomics, will have smaller discussion sections of 30–40 students to make sure you’re grasping the concepts. Generally, all upper-level College of Business courses are less than 40 students. Visit the college’s classrooms sometime—you’ll see that they’re built for small classes taught by a professor.

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

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

If I’m admitted to the Division of General Studies, can I 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. But just so you know, the Intercollege Transfer process is competitive, with only about 200 spots.

What kind of computer should I bring?

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. Windows PCs are the preferred computer for the college. If you’re a Mac user, you should know that ECON 203 (a mandatory business core course) requires the Windows version of Excel. You’ll have to use a computer lab or a friend’s PC for this part of the coursework.

What calculators do I need for business?

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.) TI-89 calculators are not allowed for most courses.