Undergraduate Business

Welcome, Transfer Students!

The Tippie College of Business is glad you are interested in our undergraduate program. Transferring to a new institution means it's time to become acclimated with a new school's culture and procedures.

This collection of information is designed to help make your transfer to the Tippie College of Business a smooth transition.

  • Advising

    Transfer students who are admitted to the Tippie College of Business have an assigned advisor in the Undergraduate Program Office in C140 Pappajohn Business Building. Prebusiness students are advised in both the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Academic Advising Center or the Tippie College of Business Undergraduate Program Office based on the prerequisite courses that have been completed.

    Advising appointments early in your first semester are recommended. Registration planning appointments are required prior to registering for your second semester. Thirty-minute appointments can be arranged with Tippie Undergraduate Program advisors using the online scheduler or by calling 319-335-1037. Drop-in advising is also offered daily in C140 PBB, 10:30-11:30 a.m., for brief, general questions that can be answered by the advisor on duty.

    Admit One Orientation

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    In order to get to know more about your college and the many resources and opportunities available in and out of the classroom, you will be participating in an orientation program called ADMIT ONE in your first semester in the Tippie College.

    To help you take advantage of all that Tippie has to offer, you are required to select and attend several events designed to introduce you to a wide variety of cocurricular opportunities. These out-of-class experiences will differentiate you from all of the other outstanding graduates who will enter the work force with you at graduation.

    TCOB T-shirt

    You will be able to select the events that interest you from an extensive menu of possibilities, including internship and career fairs, study abroad information sessions, student organization meetings, guest speakers, and much more.

    When you complete ADMIT ONE, you will be able to claim your official TCOB T-shirt, compliments of the Undergraduate Program Office. Wear it with pride! You earned it.


    The Tippie College of Business offers:

    Business students can select a minor from nearly every academic department outside of the Tippie College of Business. Options range from world languages, social sciences, sports management, math, etc. Talk to your advisor about incorporating a minor into your plan of study. Requirements for a CLAS minor are available on the academic department's website.

    Undecided about which major/minor/certificate is right for you? Consult with a Pomerantz Career Center advisor or try the Find Your Focus or Focus 2 online assessments to learn about your interests, skills, values, and personality and how they fit with your academic plan.


    It is no surprise that polices at Iowa will be different than the policies at your previous institution. Do you need to know how to change your schedule? Apply for FLIP credit? Resolve an exam schedule conflict? Calculate your GPA? Graduate with honors? Get answers to all your "how to" questions at the Undergraduate Program website at tippie.uiowa.edu/undergraduate/advising/policies.cfm. Hint: It is a good idea to bookmark this helpful site so you can easily find it when you need it.

    International Student and Scholar Services at 1111 University Capitol Centre can answer questions related to student visas, immigration, etc. and provide support for international students and their families.


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    In addition to UI transfer scholarships awarded through the Office of Admissions, you may be eligible for Tippie College of Business scholarships.

    To be eligible, you must be admitted to the Tippie College by the fall of the year in which you are transferring. Scholarships can be based on need or merit, academic majors, study abroad, or many other qualifiers.

    To apply, you must submit a single online application that is open from January 1 through February 28 each year.

    Awards are announced in May, and funds are applied to the fall and spring semesters.

    Tutors/Academic Assistance

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    If you feel you need help with your courses, it is important that you take action early. More information about the university's tutor program is at tutor.uiowa.edu. Additional sources of academic help include:

  • Admission Requirements

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    Transfer students applying to the University of Iowa, who intend to be admitted to the Tippie College of Business, must submit their application by the deadline (May 1 for Fall, and December 1 for Spring). All transfer students are initially admitted as prebusiness majors, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. All final transcripts must be received by the Office of Admissions by June 15 for Fall admission and January 10 for Spring admission).

    Transfer students can be admitted to the Tippie College of Business if they meet the following requirements before entering the college:

    • A cumulative GPA of 2.75
    • The following prerequisite courses with a grade of C, or better, and a 2.75 GPA.
      Calc and Matrix Algebra for Business
      Stats for Business
      Principles of Microeconomics
      Financial Accounting

    Additional Accounting Requirements

    Additional GPA requirements for the accounting major include:

    • 3.00 UI and cumulative GPA
    • 2.67 (B-) average in 6A:001/ACCT:2100 Introduction to Financial Accounting and 6A:002/ACCT:2200 Managerial Accounting
    • passing score on the writing skills assessment

    Application process

  1. Submit a UI transfer student application by the deadline (May 1 for fall applicants and December 1 for spring applicants).
  2. Final transcripts must be in the Office of Admissions by the deadline (June 15 for fall applicants, and January 10 for spring applicants).
  3. You will be notified of your final admission status once the Office of Admissions has reviewed your final transcript. Notification will be sent to you through your University of Iowa email address.

After You Are Admitted

All new incoming undergraduate students are required to attend Orientation, where you will meet with an academic adviser and register for your first semester of classes. You'll receive an invitation to register for Orientation after you have been admitted.

Transfer Courses

Transfer guides for all Iowa community colleges and a selection of Illinois community colleges are available to help you identify courses that will satisfy Tippie College of Business admission requirements. Students transferring from an Iowa community college or Blackhawk College with an AA degree will have all general education requirements met with the exception of World Language. Completion of an AA degree and general education requirements is not required for admission to TCOB.

Students from all other colleges or universities can identify courses that satisfy UI requirements by using the search tool in the MyUI student portal. Select the institution you are attending, followed by the Tippie College of Business in the drop-down menus provided.

Math and Language Placement Tests

If you have not taken a college-level math course or plan to continue with the study of a world language started in high school, you will need to complete a placement exam. Refer to your Admission Profile for more information on the ALEKS Math Placement Exam and World Language Placement Exam.

Admit One: Your Ticket to Tippie

Admission to the Tippie College is the first step on your journey to a BBA degree. The second step is getting to know about your college, faculty, staff, and the many resources and opportunities available in and out of the classroom. These are the experiences that will differentiate your story from all of the other outstanding graduates who will enter the work force with you at graduation.

To help you take advantage of all that Tippie has to offer, you are required to attend several events designed to introduce you to a wide variety of cocurricular opportunities, beginning with a kick-off event held the first Friday of each semester. You will be able to select the events that interest you from an extensive menu of possibilities, including events such as:

    Internship and career fairs
    Mock interviews
    Study abroad information sessions
    Student organization meetings
    Guest speakers from business and industry
    Major information sessions
    Academic advising
    and much more


TCOB Scholarships

Undergraduate students (sophomores through seniors) who are enrolled in the Henry B. Tippie College of Business or transfer students who expect to be admitted by the start of the fall semester may apply for Tippie scholarships by submitting a single application. The application opens the first week of January and closes the last day of February. Scholarships are typically awarded near the end of the spring semester for the academic year beginning each fall. Scholarships are awarded based on a variety of criteria that could include:

    Demonstrated financial need

    Pursuit of specific majors or certificates

    Outstanding scholarship

    Membership in specific student organizations

In addition, various scholarships specify other relevant factors, including demonstrated community service or preferences for residents of certain Iowa counties. Scholarships require full-time enrollment. Admitted students can apply for Tippie scholarships in January/February each year they are enrolled as an undergraduate student in the college.

Additional scholarships for full-time transfer students are awarded through the University of Iowa Office of Admissions. Some scholarships are awarded to qualified applicants without an application and some request an application or relevant academic information.

Parking & Transportation

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Start here to learn more about your student parking and transportation options on the University of Iowa campus. Explore what's available for campus parking and public parking in the community.

Cambus is the free campus transportation system with multiple routes throughout the community. Check their website for bus route information, maps, and the Bongo real-time passenger information system.

The Nite Ride Van Escort Service provides safe transportation for women from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. See route options and schedules.


If you're wondering where are the best places on campus for a quick bite or needing information about campus housing, become familiar with University Housing and Dining. Their website will connect you to meal plans, residence halls, university apartments, housing for families, and more.

Student Health

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The mission of Student Health is to deliver quality health care and promote healthy lifestyles enhancing success and learning for all University of Iowa students.

All students entering the university are required to show proof of two MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccinations. Check the Student Health website for more information about required and recommended immunizations.

Student Health & Wellness is located at 4189 Westlawn South on the University of Iowa campus. Their general phone number is 319-335-8370. Appointments can be made by calling 319-335-8394 and the Nurseline is 319-335-9704.

International student health information

From wellness to intramural sports, Recreational Services is your one-stop shop for getting active on campus.

Student Employment

There are many reasons to be employed while earning your degree. You can earn income and gain experience right here on campus. The University of Iowa offers work-study, part-time hourly university positions, summer and teaching and research assistantships, fellowships, and traineeships.

Off-campus job opportunities exist in the community and surrounding area, too. HireaHawk can connect you to available positions off campus.

INVOLVEMENT: Why is it important?

Students at International Business Fair

Many transfer students enter the Tippie College of Business at the start of their junior year. If you plan to graduate from Tippie in two years, that means you have four semesters and one summer before you begin your first professional job. Will you be ready? What do you need to know or do right now to make sure you will reach your career goals?

Getting a business degree is one piece of the career puzzle. Employers will judge you on your ability to add value to their company. Your opportunity to impress a potential employer is often through your resume. So what do you put on your resume that makes you stand out? Your major and GPA aren't enough. You want your resume to be a reflection of your skills and experience. Skills and experience come from the out-of-class choices you make.

The Tippie Roadmap is an easy-to-use tool to help you maximize your potential and develop the skills employers value: leadership, experiential learning, global perspective, and curriculum. Need help getting started? Talk to your advisor about adding cocurricular experiences to your academic plan. Keep reading for more information on Tippie College of Business opportunities.

Professional Development Opportunities

Students at Accounting Summit

Honors (Experiential Learning)

Joining the Honors Program in Tippie is a good way to connect with a faculty member in your major area of study. You will work closely with your professor to produce original research and a thesis on the results. The faculty member will be your mentor through the process. Students with a 3.5 cumulative and UI GPA, and cumulative and UI business GPA are eligible to join.

Internships (Experiential Learning)

Students arrange their internships in a variety of ways. The Pomerantz Career Center hosts career fairs on campus in the fall and spring semesters and maintains an extensive on-line recruiting system boasting 7,000 employers called HireaHawk. Student at Meet the Firms NightStudents can also arrange an internship through their own network of family and friends or through the ICE-Net alumni network.

Many Tippie students choose to do an internship in the summer after their junior year of college. The best time to begin looking for summer internships is in the fall of your junior year. The Career Center's Fall Job and Internship Fair takes place in late September when about 130 employers from a broad range of industries come to campus. Many more company representatives visit campus to recruit interns and full-time candidates throughout the year. On average, there were more than 4,000 on-campus interviews each of the past five years. Refer to the Study Abroad section below to learn more about international internships in business.

Student Organizations (Leadership)

Students working at a Tippie Build site

Student organizations are a great way to network with students and professionals in your major, gain leadership experience, or engage in service learning in the community. The Tippie College of Business is home to more than 20 student-run organizations.

Study Abroad (Global Perspective)

Whether you spend a semester, a summer, or two weeks abroad, you will return home with a new perspective on your own and other cultures. A broader world view will enable you to be more effective in the workplace as you interact with customers and colleagues from diverse backgrounds.

Students in India

You can spend two weeks in London over winter break and complete a major course, take a full semester of Tippie courses in Italy through CIMBA, or do a global internship in London, Hong Kong, Madrid, or Paris for a summer.

You can also visit the UI Study Abroad Office in 1111 University Capitol Centre to learn about study abroad programs around the globe. Scholarships, grants, and financial aid are available to help cover the cost for qualifying students.