Undergraduate Business

Standard Admission: Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the requirements for standard admission for current UI students?
  • Is the admission criteria/process different for accounting majors?
  • Is the admission criteria/process different for transfer students?
  • When are the standard application deadlines?
  • Can I apply for summer or winter session?
  • Can I take courses at Iowa, or a community college over the summer?
  • Can I take courses at Iowa, or a community college over winter session?
  • Where do I apply?
  • When I apply online, do I apply for a major or will I be undeclared?
  • I missed the deadline; can I still submit my application?
  • When will I know if I am admitted?
  • How do I change my major if I have already turned in my application?
  • Can I register for major courses before I am officially admitted?
  • When can I declare a major?
  • What if I do not meet the standard admission requirements and I am denied?
  • Does the college have a cap on how many students they admit?
  • Is there a limit as to how many times a student can apply?
  • I applied last semester and was not admitted to the college. Do I need to submit another application or will my file be automatically reviewed again?
  • After admission, what GPA do I need to remain admitted and eligible to graduate?
  • Is there a higher tuition for students admitted to the college?
  • If my classification status changes after admission, or at any time during the year, will I be charged additional tuition?
  • What happens if I have a grade of C- or lower in one of the admission prerequisites?
  • What happens if I have a grade of C- or lower in Macroeconomics or Managerial Accounting?
  • What courses are counted in the prerequisite GPA for admission?
  • I will be taking courses at Kirkwood Community College as well as at Iowa. Do I need to do anything different?
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    What are the requirements for standard admission for current UI students?
    In order to be considered for admission, students must apply online by the deadline and should meet the following criteria by the end of the semester for which they are applying:

    1. Complete at least 12 s.h. of UI hours of credit. (Transfer students new to the University are not held to this requirement).
    2. Complete four prerequisites with grades of C or higher:
      • MATH:1380/22M:017 Calculus and Matrix Algebra for Business
      • STAT:1030/22S:008 Statistics for Business
      • ECON:1100/06E:001 Microeconomics
      • ACCT:2100/06A:001 Introduction to Financial Accounting
    3. Earn minimum 2.75 GPA—admission prerequisites, cumulative, and UI.
    4. Have no instances of postsecondary school academic misconduct or other violations of the Tippie College of Business Honor Code.

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    Is the admission criteria/process different for accounting majors?
    Yes, students applying to the accounting major must meet all the same criteria as other majors, but they must also earn a 3.0 UI and cumulative GPA, a B- average in ACCT:2100/06A:001 Financial Accounting and ACCT:2200/06A:002 Managerial Accounting and have a passing score on the accounting writing assessment.

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    Is the admission criteria/process different for transfer students?
    Transfer students are held to the same admission deadlines and criteria as current UI students, with the exception of having 12 UI semester hours completed. Transfer students are defined as those students who have attended another institution and have not previously attended the UI. For transcript deadlines, see information below.

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    When are the standard application deadlines?
    Applications for fall must be submitted by March 1 and applications for spring must be submitted by October 1. Applications may be submitted until midnight on the day of the deadline, but we highly recommend that you apply several days before the deadline to allow ample time to prepare and upload the admission essay and resume. If you wait until after 5:00 p.m. on the day of the deadline, University offices will not be open to assist you.

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    Can I apply for summer or winter session?
    No, you can only be admitted for a fall or spring session.

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    Can I take courses at Iowa or a community college over the summer?
    Students may not use summer course work to meet a subsequent fall admission. Example: a student may not take financial accounting in the summer 2014 if they are applying for fall 2014 admission. Students may take courses during the summer session, they just can't use that course work to meet the subsequent fall semester admission requirements (due to timing of transcripts).

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    Can I take courses at Iowa or a community college over the winter session?
    Students may not use winter session course work to meet a subsequent spring admission. Example: a student enrolled Fall 2014, who has nine semester hours at the UI may not take a course during the winter 2014-15 session and count that course towards meeting the admission criteria for spring 2015 admission. Students may take courses during the winter session, they just can't use that course work to meet the subsequent sessions admission requirements due to timing of transcripts, (see transcript deadline below).

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    Where do I apply?
    Applications are only accepted online:

    I've attended other institutions, is there a transcript deadline?
    Yes, official transcripts from other institutions must be in the Office of Admissions by the following dates:

    Fall applicants - June 15
    Spring applicants - January 10

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    When I apply online, do I apply for a major?
    When you apply for standard admission, you will choose one of the degree-seeking majors in business. If you are admitted, the Office of Admissions will process your application as a "standard admit" to the College. You will need to declare your major by contacting your advisor, after you have completed Macroeconomics, Managerial Accounting, and Business Computing Essentials. There will be a notation in the application explaining this process as well as when and how you can declare a major. A special note about accounting admission criteria will also be included.

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    I missed the deadline; can I still submit my application?
    If it is determined that you had a documented extenuating circumstance that prevented you from applying by the deadline, you may submit a petition for permission to submit a late application. You are encouraged to contact the Undergraduate Program Office to speak with an advising staff member regarding the nature of the reason that the application was not submitted by the deadline.

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    When will I know if I am admitted?
    You will be notified of your admission status at two different points in time, depending on the semester you are applying for:

    • If you are applying for fall semester (application deadline March 1): You will receive a final admission decision in early June (an email will be sent to you from the Office of Admissions and your new status will be posted on the student information system).
    • If you are applying for spring semester (application deadline October 1): You will receive a final admission decision in early January.

    Note: Admission status information is communicated via your University of Iowa email account only.

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    How do I change my major if I have already turned in my application?
    Students will not be admitted directly to a major, you will need to declare a major by contacting your advisor after you have completed Macroeconomics, Managerial Accounting, and Business Computing Essentials.

    Can I register for major courses before I am officially admitted?
    You may be given special permission to register for select major courses if 1) you have applied for admission, 2) you currently meet the admission criteria GPAs, and 3) you have completed (or will have completed) the admission prerequisite courses and microeconomics, financial accounting, and business computing essentials, and 4) you need the major courses that session to stay on track for graduation. Advisor approval is required.

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    When can I declare a major?
    Students are admitted to the college, not directly into a major. Students can declare their major after they have completed Macroeconomics, Managerial Accounting, and Business Computing Essentials. Accounting majors have additional criteria, refer to admission criteria on first page for details.

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    What if I do not meet the standard admission requirements and I am denied?
    You are eligible to appeal an admission decision after you have received notification from the Office of Admissions that you have not been admitted to the Tippie College of Business. If you can provide documentation of extenuating circumstances that affected your academic performance you may submit an appeal. Additional information can be found on the appeal for standard admission form. Appeals must be submitted on-line within 10 days from the date of notification.

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    Does the college have a cap on how many students they admit?
    No. If you meet the criteria to apply for standard admission and have passing scores on the admission essay and resume, you will be admitted to the Tippie College of Business.

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    Is there a limit as to how many times a student can apply?
    No, but it may not be in your best interest to continue to pursue admission. Several factors should be discussed with your advisor before making a decision to continue pursuing admission.

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    I applied last semester and was not admitted to the college. Do I need to submit another application or will my file be automatically reviewed again?
    You must reapply. Applications are valid for one session only. When you apply again, your old application will come up. Be sure to select the "reset" button to continue the reapplication process.

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    After admission, what GPA do I need to remain admitted and eligible to graduate?
    To remain in the Tippie College of Business, you must have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.00 in all college course work attempted, all course work attempted in business, all course work attempted in the major, all course work attempted at the University of Iowa, all business course work attempted at the University of Iowa, and all course work in the major attempted at the University of Iowa.

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    Is there a higher tuition for students admitted to the college?

    Yes. Students admitted to the Tippie College of Business pay a different tuition rate, which includes a tution supplement:

    • Students who have completed a total of 0-59 hours of credit pay $1,000 tuition supplement for the academic year.
    • Students who have completed a total of 60 or more hours of credit pay $2,000 tuition supplement for the academic year.
    • The tuition supplement is a percentage of the tuition, so the actual tution is adjusted by the same annual percentage increase as the University's base tuition.

    For more information about the tuition supplemenet, please refer to: http://tippie.uiowa.edu/undergraduate/advising/tuitionsupplement/

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    If my classification status changes after admission, or at any time during the year, will I be charged additional tuition?
    Yes, the Tippie College of Business tuition is based on your classification status, which is determined by the hours you have completed (hours earned on the grade report and hours attempted on your degree audit). It is possible that this might change if you have additional credit hours (i.e., a transcript arrives after the tuition billing period).

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    What happens if I have a grade of C- or lower in one of the admission prerequisites?
    If appropriate, you will be advised to repeat the course and reapply. If you apply with a grade below C in one of the admission prerequisites, your application will be denied, and you will have the option to submit an appeal.

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    What happens if I have a grade of C- or lower in Macroeconomics, Managerial Accounting, or Business Computing Essentials?
    Macroeconomics, Managerial Accounting, and Business Computing Essentials are prerequisites in the program, but they are not admission prerequisites, so grades of C- or lower do not affect admission.

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    What courses are counted in the prerequisite GPA for admission?
    Only Calculus, Statistics, Microeconomics, and Financial Accounting will be used in calculating the prerequisite GPA for admission. Additional courses taken will count in other respective areas (e.g., business GPA, cumulative GPA, UI business and UI GPA) but will not count toward the prerequisite GPA for admission.

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    I will be taking courses at Kirkwood Community College as well as at Iowa. Do I need to do anything different?
    You may be dual enrolled during the fall and spring (at Iowa and another institution). However, all final grades and transcripts must be in the Office of Admissions by the established deadlines for each application session. Any pending applications will be canceled after the deadline. Important Information about winter and summer semesters:students may not use winter course work to meet a subsequent spring admission, and they may not use summer course work to meet a subsequent fall admission. Example: a student may not take financial accounting in the summer if they are applying for subsequent fall admission. Students may take courses during winter and summer session, they just can't use that course work to meet the subsequent sessions admission requirements (due to timing of transcripts). Transcript deadline: In addition, official transcripts from other institutions must be in the Office of Admissions by the following dates: Fall applicants - June 15, Spring applicants - January 10.