Dean’s Letter

Our admissions philosophy

Dear Students,

Each year, the Gies College of Business receives applications from a diverse and exceptionally qualified group of students. Selecting the freshman class from among this distinguished group is a challenging task. The number of qualified students far exceeds the number we can admit.

As such, we review all completed applications “holistically,” with no minimum cutoff for GPA or standardized test score. We assess the unique combination of achievement and potential in each applicant. Grades, high school rank, and test scores provide a tangible record of each candidate’s academic achievement. The essays broaden the committee’s understanding of each applicant’s goals and motivations. And participation in school and community activities reveals student interests and leadership.

We particularly like to see evidence of leadership. We believe that a successful leader is one who achieves individually, while enhancing the learning experience of his or her peers. Applicants with the strongest academic records are more likely to receive admissions when matched by the potential to make a significant intellectual contribution to the education of students in the Gies College of Business and the University of Illinois.

We evaluate each student individually and thoughtfully in the context of opportunities provided by his or her high school. Our philosophy allows us to admit a class of freshmen who will bring a diverse set of skills, experiences, and passions that will contribute to an outstanding experience for all of our students. If you have questions about admission or the Gies College of Business, please reach out to our team and let us know.

Best of luck in your educational endeavors!


Jewell White, Assistant Dean of Admissions

Gies College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign