Become a Tippie student

University of Iowa students who plan to major in business often begin as a prebusiness student in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Most apply to Tippie around the start of their second year. This is done through the Change of College Application in MyUI. If you’re exploring business for the first time and changing majors, talk with your academic advisor about how to prep for admission to Tippie.

All undergraduate students—from any college—who are interested in admission to Tippie are welcome and encouraged to contact the undergraduate recruiting team for guidance on the application process and requirements.

Apply for change of college

Standard admission requirements

UI students need to meet these criteria to be considered for standard admission to the Tippie College of Business: 

  • 24 semester hours of college credit (from UI or transfer credit)
  • No instances of academic misconduct
  • A GPA of at least 2.75 prerequisite, UI, and cumulative (accounting requires a 3.0 UI and cumulative GPA)
  • Passing grades (including grades of P) in the following prerequisites or equivalents:
    • ECON:1100 Principles of Microeconomics
    • STAT:1030 Statistics for Business
    • RHET:1030 Rhetoric
    • BAIS:1500 Business Computing Essentials
    • MATH:1350 Quantitative Reasoning for Business
  • Completion of the Pre-Admission Requirement (PAR) Course in the semester by the end of the semester in which you apply.

Declaring a major

To declare a major in Tippie, you must be admitted and have completed the following courses:

  • ECON:1100 Principles of Microeconomics
  • STAT:1030 Statistics for Business
  • RHET:1030 Rhetoric
  • BAIS:1500 Business Computing Essentials
  • MATH:1350 Quantitative Reasoning for Business
  • ECON:1200 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ACCT:2100 Introduction to Financial Accounting

Additional accounting requirements

To declare a major in accounting, you must additionally meet the following criteria:

  • GPA of 3.0 UI and cumulative
  • At least a B- grade in ACCT:2100 Introduction to Financial Accounting

In order to then enroll in major-level courses in accounting after declaring the major, you must have a 2.67 (B-) average in ACCT:2100 Introduction to Financial Accounting and ACCT:2200 Managerial Accounting.

Petition for access to major-level courses in Accounting

Students admitted to Tippie who do not meet the requirements for enrolling in major-level courses in Accounting must petition for access. Documentation to support the petition must be sent directly to Kevin Den Adel, the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Accounting, at the address provided on the petition form. Students may petition for access to major-level courses in Accounting beginning December 22, 2021. Petitions will be accepted through January 14, 2022.

How to apply

Most prebusiness majors apply to Tippie around the start of their second year.

After the deadline, you'll first be auto-enrolled in an ICON site where you'll complete a series of virtual onboarding modules about Tippie, our academic requirements and advising expectations. Next, you'll connect with advising staff in Tippie in order to receive access to restricted courses. Applicants who do both will have their applications evaluated after the semester ends.

You need to meet the admissions requirements by the end of the semester in which you apply. If you have requirements left to meet in summer, you’ll need to apply to Tippie for spring semester of the following year.

To be admitted in Fall: 

  • Apply before March 1
  • Complete the online modules and gain access to restricted courses
  • Meet minimum requirements by the end of the spring semester

To be admitted in Spring: 

  • Apply before October 1
  • Complete the online modules and gain access to restricted courses
  • Meet minimum requirements by the end of the fall semester

Submit a request for late admission

Important information for applicants

  • Applications can be submitted until midnight on the day of the deadline, but we recommend you apply well before that so we can assist you with questions or problems.
  • Official transcripts from other institutions must be in the Office of Admissions by June 15 for fall applicants and January 10 for spring applicants.
  • If you miss the application deadline, see your advisor in the Tippie College of Business undergraduate program office. If you're not advised by Tippie, visit our remote/Zoom drop-in hours.

If your assigned advisor is NOT in Tippie

Visit UPO Drop-In Hours on Zoom

10:30a.m. – 11:30a.m. Monday – Friday

2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m. Monday

Zoom link for drop-ins: https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/93752600662

Appeal an admissions decision

Students who have applied and been denied admission to Tippie may appeal that decision. Documentation to support an appeal must be sent directly to the Undergraduate Program Office at the address provided on the appeal form. Please contact Lindsey Aldrich at lindsey-aldrich@uiowa.edu in Undergraduate Program Office at 319-335-1037 if you have questions or need more information about the appeal process. Students may appeal their denial of Fall 2021 admission beginning May 24, 2021. Appeals must be submitted before August 17th, 2021.