Undergraduate Business

Standard Admission: Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do students have to attend an information seminar before applying?
  • 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?
  • Why is an admission essay required?
  • What resources are there to help me prepare my admission essay?
  • Who reviews the admission essays?
  • How do I submit my admission essay?
  • What if I don't receive a passing score on my admission essay?
  • Can a student fail the accounting writing assessment if they receive a passing score on the admission essay for admission to the college?
  • Why is a resume required?
  • How do I submit my resume?
  • Is My Resume Scored?
  • What if I do not meet the standard admission requirements and I am denied?
  • Can I register for major courses if I received notification that I did not pass the resume and/or admission essay requirement?
  • 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?

  • Do students have to attend an information seminar before applying?
    Although it is not required, we highly recommend that you attend an information session. You will learn about requirements, important deadlines, and have a chance to ask questions.

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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. Submit an admission essay and a resume.
    5. 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 be notified by email around the end of March in regard to your score on the admission essay. This early notification will allow time to resubmit due to nonpassing scores before the end of the session. 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 be notified by email in early November in regard to your score on the admission essay. This early notification will allow time to resubmit due to nonpassing scores before the end of the session. 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.

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    Can I register for major courses before I am officially admitted?
    If you have completed Microeconomics, Financial Accounting, and Business Computing Essentials, during early registration, the semester before you are to be admitted, you may be given special permission to register for two major courses. This requires advisor approval and is only done if you meet the admission prerequisites and need the courses at that time to stay on track for graduation. It is most likely that you will not be enrolling in major courses your first semester in the college; you will still be completing prerequisites, business, core, and general education courses. If you need to enroll in major courses, but are not on track for admission, you must wait until you receive your official admission decision before you can enroll in major courses.

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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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    Why is an admission essay required?
    The admission essay is designed to: 1) encourage engagement; 2) prompt you to think about your experience in Tippie; 3) reinforces the College's emphasis on competency in written communication and on taking personal responsibility for your actions and learning from them; 4) serves as a writing sample that allows us to identify any writing deficiencies that should be addressed before admission to the college.

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    What resources are there to help me prepare my admission essay?
    Students can find admission essay writing resources on the Tippie College of Business web site. Admission information sessions are also held prior to each application deadline, and students may also make an appointment at the UI writing center, or at the Tippie College of Business, Frank Communications center, to discuss admission essay questions.


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    Who reviews the admission essays?
    The staff in the Judith R. Frank Business Communications Center.


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    How do I submit my admission essay?
    You will upload it using a link in the University of Iowa Application (for students changing colleges).


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    What if I don't receive a passing score on my admission essay?
    If you do not receive a passing score, you will be notified to revise and resubmit your admission essay by a specific deadline.

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    Can a student fail the accounting writing assessment if they receive a passing score on the admission essay for admission to the college?
    Yes, the accounting writing assessment is separate from the admission essay.

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    Why is a resume required?
    A resume is required to ensure that you have a basic resume created as a starting point in the program. You will use your resume in a required course you will take your first year in the program, Business Communication and Protocol. Some other majors also require a resume in their professional practice/preparation courses and have events with firms soon after the semester starts.

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    What resources are there to help me prepare my resume?
    Students can find resume writing resources on the Tippie College of Business web site as well as on the Pomerantz Career Center Web site. Resume workshops are held prior to each application deadline, and students may also make an appointment at the Career Center to review their resume.

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    Is My Resume Scored?
    Resume approval through the hire-a-hawk system is NOT required prior to submitting your application.  However, applicants may be contacted to resubmit their resumes in some cases (like if a wrong document was inadvertently uploaded, or the resume is not in a resume format).  You will be able to verify that your resume has been successfully uploaded by viewing your admissions profile on ISIS.

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    How do I submit my resume?
    You will upload it using a link in the University of Iowa Application (for students changing colleges).

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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. Appeals are only accepted if admission was denied because of academic performance; if you were inadmissible due to a failed admission essay, or an incomplete application, you will not be eligible to appeal. 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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    Can I register for major courses if I received notification that I did not pass the resume and/or admission essay requirement?
    If you have been asked to revise and resubmit your admission essay, you may still participate in early registration, and receive special permission if you have completed Macroeconomics, Managerial Accounting, and Business Computing Essentials, meet the admission prerequisites, and need the course(s) to stay on track for graduation. It is most likely that you will not be enrolling in major courses your first semester in the college as you will still be completing prerequisites, business, core, and general education courses. If you need to enroll in major courses, and you do not meet the requirements noted above, you must wait until you receive your official admission decision before you can enroll in restricted major courses.

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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. You will also need to resubmit a new resume and a new admission essay (the question for the admission essay changes each session, and can be found on our website, under standard admission).

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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. An expanded tuition supplement proposal was approved by the Board of Regents in December 2011. Starting with the fall 2012 semester, TCOB students who have 0 to 59 total hours of credit will pay a $1,000 tuition supplement for the academic year—$500 for the fall semester and $500 for the spring semester. The tuition supplement for TCOB students who have 60 or more total hours of credit will increase as of the fall 2012 semester by an additional $500 ($250 for the fall semester and $250 for the spring semester), going from $1,500 to $2,000 for the academic year. More information on the tuition supplement can be found at: 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.