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Discover your path to purpose at Gies Business

An education is just the start. All you need is an urge to learn, and you can graduate with the tools you need to become a business leader of tomorrow.

Prospective Freshmen

Freshmen are admitted directly into Gies College of Business, and students have the opportunity to explore all areas of study before declaring their major by the end of their sophomore year.

Freshman applications are submitted through the University Office of Undergraduate Admissions. On the application, students are asked to list their first choice and second choice majors. Students who wish to pursue a Gies Business major should choose “Business-unassigned” as their first choice major, whether they are interested in general business or a specific major.

Applications are reviewed holistically. There is no minimum cutoff for GPA or standardized test score. The admissions review committee takes the following criteria into consideration:

  • High school curriculum, course rigor, and grades
  • ACT/SAT scores (only highest composite and highest subscores are considered)
  • Major interest essay
  • Involvement in community, workplace, and school activities
  • Achievements and honors 
  • Additional information in essay explaining lower grades, missing requirements, or unique personal situations

Visit the University of Illinois Undergraduate Admissions website to review all admission requirements, procedures, and timelines.

Transfer Students

Gies Business accepts two types of transfer students: those who start here at Illinois as freshmen in another academic program, and those who attend another educational institution. Similar to freshman admission, the transfer application process into Gies Business is competitive.

Disclaimer: If you’re a high school student or an off-campus transfer student and are certain you want to enroll in the Gies College of Business, you should apply directly to Gies Business as your first choice major. While transferring from another institution or department from Illinois is possible, the admissions process for transfer students can more competitive due to space limitations.

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