Prospective Freshmen

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Application Information

We directly admit freshmen to Gies Business, and students have the opportunity to explore all of our majors through core curriculum classes before declaring a specific major by the end of their sophomore year.


Freshman applications are submitted through the Illinois University Admissions office. On the application, students are asked to list their first choice major. All students interested in applying to Gies Business, regardless of whether they are interested in general business or a specific major, would choose “Business-unassigned” as their first choice major.


Applications for admission to Gies Business are reviewed holistically, with no minimum cutoff for GPA or standardized test score. There is no formula for admission– we assess each application and take into consideration the following criteria:

  • High school curriculum rigor and courses taken

  • Your grades in those courses

  • ACT/SAT scores (only the highest composite and highest subscores are considered)

  • Your major interest essay

  • Demonstrated involvement and engagement within your school, workplace, and/or communities

  • Achievements and honors

  • Additional information provided in the optional essay to explain lower grades, missing requirements, or unique personal situations


Visit the University of Illinois Undergraduate Admissions website to check out all admission requirements, procedures, and timelines.

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