Admitted Students

We’re proud that you’re now a member of our family! We are committed to your personal development, well-being, and academic achievement. As partners in your success, we’re happy to answer your questions about life as a Gies student at Illinois.


What classes will I take?
With our business degrees, you get the freedom to plan your own academic schedule. Freshman year courses vary per individual student, depending on interests, AP/IB/other college credits, and personal schedule. Students have until the end of their sophomore year to declare a specific major, so the first two years of coursework is about exploring and choosing courses that will help you decide what major(s) you’d like to pursue.
Core Business courses for Gies students

ACCY 201: Accounting and Accountancy I

ACCY 202: Accounting and Accountancy II

BADM 210: Data Analytics I

BADM 211: Data Analytics II

BADM 310: Management and Organizational Behavior

BADM 320: Principles of Marketing

BUS 101: Business Professional Responsibility

BUS 201: Business Dynamics

CMN 101: Public Speaking or a course to meet Composition 1 requirements

CS 105: Introduction to Non-Technical Computing

ECON 102: Microeconomic Principles

ECON 103: Macroeconomic Principles

ECON 302: Intermediate Microeconomic Theory

FIN 221: Intro to Corporate Finance

MATH 234: Calculus for Business I

Courses applying toward graduation requirements: General Education courses, electives, or language other than English

How do I check my possible college credits through AP test scores/IB test scores/dual credit or credit-in-escrow courses?
The University Admissions office keeps a long list of possible college credit awarded through test scores or other avenues. Please visit the University Admissions College Credit web page for more information.
Who will assist me with registration and advising?
Prior to registering for any classes, all incoming students will need to complete some academic placement tests and provide details about possible college credits (see previous question). That way, when students meet with a Gies academic advisor during in-person or online summer registration, the advisors will have the information needed to discuss academic and career plans and to choose first-year courses. In addition, all students receive ongoing personalized advising from the College to ensure they are aware of all available opportunities and on track for graduation.
How do I choose a major?
Students can declare a specific major any time during the first two years they are here in Gies Business. We provide lots of help along the way, through avenues like courses, academic advisors, peer mentors, clubs and organizations, and our Business Career Services office, to help students find the right major to pursue. Here is a complete list of our program majors and descriptions.
Can I take classes this summer to get ahead?
Absolutely. Students do not have to take summer courses in order to graduate on time, but you can choose to prepare for the Fall semester by taking a summer college class. Make sure you check out Transferology, a web site designed to help students know how courses would transfer from one institution to another.
What services does Gies provide for career assistance?
It may seem early, but graduation will come sooner than you think. Our world-class faculty readies students academically, and our expert Business Career Services Office guides them in employment preparation and recruitment. We offer students assistance with resume and cover letter writing, mock interviews, job shadowing, and applying for and securing internships and full-time employment. In fact, 91% of our students complete at least one internship, and we have a 98% placement rate for our students. That means that at the time of graduation, 98% of our students have a full-time job or a spot in a graduate program already in place. The average starting salary for our full-time employed graduates is $62,224.

What extracurricular opportunities are available?
Gies Business has more than 35 student organizations that help you discover and hone your interests and skills in Business. In addition, the university has hundreds of other student organizations that can nurture your  personal interests outside the classroom and enrich your college experience. Not to mention the case competitions, the collaborations across disciplines, Division I and intramural athletics, music concerts, theatrical events, and community philanthropic activities. There is never a shortage of things to do in Champaign-Urbana!
What technology will I need?
The University provides computer labs all over campus, but we strongly recommend personal computers and Microsoft Office Suite for all Business students. The software can be downloaded free of charge or purchased at an academic discount once you are a registered student by visiting Calculators will also be needed for Business and math classes; specifics will be available from the professor. In addition, an i>Clicker, a hand-held remote that allows students to submit in-class answer choices to a professor, is required for the first Business class. It can be purchased at the Illini Union Bookstore.

Should I file a FAFSA?
Yes! While we know it means more paperwork, it could be 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, you can visit the Financial Aid Office website.
What are the housing options?
We want your first home at the University of Illinois to be a happy one. There are a host of options, including university residence halls, living learning communities, and private certified housing. Visit for complete information on housing and meal plan options.
What health services are available on campus?
McKinley Health Center is a nationally accredited, professionally staffed ambulatory care clinic on campus. Physical and mental health services are available by appointment and through a 24-hour nurse consultation line. In the event of an emergency or severe illness or injury, there are two excellent hospitals nearby–Carle Hospital and OSF HealthCare Heart of Mary Medical Center. For more information, visit
How does the campus keep students safe?
The University has its own police department that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to keep the campus and its communities safe. The department provides patrol, investigation, and specialized and emergency response, as well as crime prevention and educational services, and enjoys a strong working relationship with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. To learn more, visit the Safety at Illinois web site.