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Prospective Students
What are the required test scores, GPA, and/or class rank for admission?

We do not have specific requirements or cut-offs for admission. We use a holistic approach that considers coursework, rigor, grades, test scores (if provided), essays, involvement, and other factors on the application. University Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides more details on this page.

Will taking high school business courses positively affect my application?

Elective courses like business classes allow you to explore your interest and provide some variety in your coursework. That being said, taking a business-related course like accounting or business law does not factor into your admission decision. When it comes to an elective course versus an academic core course, we almost always prefer the academic core. For example, if you were deciding between an AP course and a business law course, we would encourage you to choose the course that will be more challenging and could lead to college credit through an AP exam score.

What about involvement in sports or community service compared to a business club or organization?

We want to see that you can balance your time and efforts both inside and outside the classroom. Involvement can include extracurricular activities at your school, part-time jobs, family commitments, community organizations, and more. They are not limited to something business-focused. Explore and invest in areas that are important to you.

Does it matter which Gies Business major I am specifically interested in?

All first-year students are admitted as Business Undeclared, whether or not they have a specific major already in mind. Therefore, a major-specific interest is not a factor in the admission decision.

When should I apply?

We highly recommend applying during the Priority Admission; it is non-binding, so you are not required to attend if you are admitted. 

Should I list a second choice major? Can I pick both my first choice and my second choice in Gies Business majors?

To be considered for direct admit to all Gies Business majors, you should apply to Business Undeclared as your first choice. If you are open to pursuing or starting in another academic area here at Illinois if Gies direct admit is not available to you, you should list a second choice major for additional consideration. Your notice of admission will indicate the major to which you were admitted. If you were admitted to a second choice major outside of Gies Business, you could apply to transfer into Gies at the end of your first year at Illinois through our Intercollegiate Transfer process

How am I considered for honors programs and need-based or merit-based awards/scholarships?

Your application for admission also serves as your application for merit-based scholarships and honors programs. You do not need to submit any additional information for an initial honors review. You will be notified via email if you are eligible after admission decisions are released. Final honors decisions and scholarships will be awarded by April.

Admitted Students
Who will help me with course registration and advising?

During New Student Registration, you will meet with a Gies academic advisor to discuss your initial academic plans. You also will receive ongoing personalized advising from your advisor to ensure you are aware of available opportunities and on track for graduation.

How can I explore majors and careers?
  • Attend your first Gies course, Business 101, which introduces you to the world of business. Your first two years will also include accountancy, finance, and other business core courses that will help you determine what you like and where you can excel.
  • Join a Registered Student Organization centered around a major or interest area.
  • Use our Career Services office resources to line up job shadows, attend leadership conferences, and research job positions and companies.
  • Network with alumni and employers at Gies Business Career Fairs and recruitment events.
  • Talk with other Gies students!
Can I pursue more than one major on campus? What about minors?

Double majors in Gies are very common. You might be able to pursue one major in Gies and one in another college/school on campus, depending on the program. Minors are always a possibility, too. Your academic advisor and your peers will be great resources as you explore all your options.

What if I need help with courses?

Your professors and teaching assistants for each class hold office hours and can provide individual help with homework or test preparation. Gies offers free peer tutoring for select core business courses, and tutoring is available across campus for classes such as economics, math, science, and writing. There is a lot of support here, so be sure to seek it out if you need it!

Is it possible to work while in college?
There are many opportunities to find work on or off campus. You could get a job in a research facility, your residence hall, the library, a dining hall, or an administrative office through the student job board.
What technology will I need?

A few considerations:

  • The university offers computer labs all over campus, which is really helpful! If possible, we also strongly recommend having a personal computer and the Microsoft Office Suite so you can take notes in class and work on homework or group projects anywhere. Once you are registered with the university, the software can be downloaded for free through webstore.illinois.edu. The College has no preference on which type of computer you have (PC or Mac).
  • For business and math courses, you will need a calculator; the specifics will be provided in class.
How does the campus keep students safe?

The university has its own police department that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The department provides patrol, investigation, and specialized and emergency response, as well as crime prevention and educational services. It also offers free student services like SafeRides and SafeWalks and has strong relationships with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.

What health services are available?

McKinley Health Center is a nationally accredited, professional staffed ambulatory care clinic on campus. Physical and mental health services are available by appointment and through a 24-hour nurse consultation line. Gies also has a licensed mental health clinical counselor from the Counseling Center embedded in Gies to work with and support our students through time-limited individual counseling, outreach, and workshops. In the event of an emergency, severe illness, or injury, there are two excellent hospitals nearby: Carle and OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center. Click here for more information.

Gies News and Events

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Bertram helping build a bridge for the next generation

Jim Bertram joined Gies as an instructor of finance this fall after spending 32 years in investment banking, working for major firms like Salomon Brothers, Deutsche Bank, Banc of America Securities, and William Blair. He will be teaching Investment Banking (FIN 463) this fall and succeeding Rob Metzger as the director of the Investment Banking Academy in January.

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Torelli: From civil engineer to Gies department head

Carlos Torelli will apply his engineering mindset and marketing expertise to his new role as head of the Department of Business Administration at Gies. “We have a responsibility to give back in academia at a certain point in our careers. I returned to Gies because I knew they would value my skills and my background and give me the opportunity to make an impact."