Undergraduate Business

Standard Admission

Application Criteria

In order to be considered for admission, students should meet the following criteria by the end of the semester in which they are applying:

  • Semester Hours Completed—At least 12 cumulative hours of UI credit.*
  • Prerequisite Courses—These four courses (or their equivalents) must be completed with grades of C or higher:
    • 22M:017/MATH:1380 Calculus and Matrix Algebra for Business
    • 22S:008/STAT:1030 Statistics for Business
    • 6E:001/ECON:1100 Principles of Microeconomics
    • 6A:001/ACCT:2100 Introduction to Financial Accounting**
  • Grade Point Average—A 2.75 in each of the following areas: prerequisite, UI, and cumulative.

*Effective Fall 2014 and beyond, current UI students will be held to 12 cumulative hours of credit (removing the requirement that they be graded). Transfer students are eligible to apply directly to the Tippie College if they have: 1) 60 or more semester hours earned, 2) completion of the four prerequisite courses, and 3) meet the GPA requirements. Transfer students who do not meet all three requirements are held to the full standard admission criteria outlined above. Transfer students are defined as those students who have attended another institution and have not previously attended the UI. Effective Fall 2014 and beyond, transfer students will not be held to the completion of 60 s.h., they will be held to the same admission requirements as current UI students, with the exception of the UI semester hours and UI GPA requirements.

Students may not use winter course work to meet a subsequent spring admission, and they may not use summer coursework 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).

All students are eligible to declare a major in the Tippie College after completion of the prerequisite courses and 6E:002/ECON:1200 Principles of Macroeconomics, 6A:002/ACCT:2200 Managerial Accounting, and 6K:050/MSCI:1000.

Additional GPA requirements for the accounting major include a 3.00 UI and cumulative GPA, a 2.67 (B-) average in 6A:001/ACCT:2100 Introduction to Financial Accounting and 6A:002/ACCT:2200 Managerial Accounting, and a passing score on the writing assessment test.

** At some institutions, in order to receive credit for 6A:001/ACCT:2100 Financial Accounting (or Principles of Accounting I), students must also take 6A:002/ACCT:2200 Managerial Accounting (or Principles of Accounting II). If you have any questions, please contact an advisor in the Tippie Undergraduate Program Office.

Application Procedures

Students interested in admission to the Tippie College of Business must complete the online application for current UI students changing colleges which includes transfer course information (if applicable), review of the Tippie Honor Code, admission essay, and resume. If you are a currently enrolled UI student, and you have applied to the college before, please note that you will need to reset your application with the Office of Admissions (your old application will appear after you log on, and the reset button will be at the bottom). You will also need to resubmit a new resume and a new admission essay (the questions for the admission essay change each session, and can be found on our website, under standard admission).


Application deadlines are March 1 for fall applicants and October 1 for spring applicants. Applications are accepted for the fall and spring sessions only. Applications may be submitted until midnight on the day of the deadline, but we highly recommend that you apply before
5:00 p.m. on the day of the deadline, so that if you have questions or problems, University offices will be open to assist you.

Official transcripts from other institutions must be in the Office of Admissions by the following dates:

Fall applicants - June 15
Spring applicants - January 10

Students who missed the application deadline and can provide documentation of extenuating circumstances that affected their ability to apply may petition for permission to submit a late application.

Admission process

Students apply for either a fall or spring session, by the established deadlines, to the Tippie College of Business through an online application.

The application includes the submission of a resume and admission essay. The purpose of the resume is to prepare students for additional activities in the college that require a resume and to identify and develop areas of skill development. The purpose of the admission essay is to provide staff with additional information that may not be captured in other parts of the application, and to identify and address any writing deficiencies.

A passing resume and admission essay are required for admission to the college. Students will be notified before the current session is over as to the status of their resume and admission essay. Students who do not have a passing resume or admission essay score will be contacted, and if eligible, will be allowed to resubmit prior to final grades being posted for that session and the final admission decision is made.

Students who are denied admission are eligible to appeal their admission decision after they have received notification from the Office of Admissions that they have not been admitted to the Tippie College of Business. Appeals are only accepted if admission was denied because of academic performance; students who are inadmissible due to a failed resume, a failed admission essay, or an incomplete application are not eligible to appeal. Students who can provide documentation of extenuating circumstances that affected their academic performance may submit an appeal. Additional information can be found on the appeal for standard admission form. Absent extenuating circumstances, appeals must be submitted on-line within 10 days from the date of notification.