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Admission to the College of Business

How to Apply

Students interested in a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in the College of Business must first apply to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

Admission to the College of Business


Application

Students are allowed to apply to the College of Business if they have a current combined (cumulative) GPA of 2.50 or above and pre-core GPA of 2.50 or above; will have completed BUS 206/207 by the end of the current semester (see full admission criteria below).  Students who do not meet these requirements must meet with a business adviser in the Undergraduate Advising Resource Center (UARC) after the current semester has ended and grades are posted to determine eligibility. Application for admission allows the student to enroll in upper-level (300/400) business courses and to declare a major.

Students must make an appointment with a business adviser in the Undergraduate Advising Resource Center (UARC), Student Success Center Suite 202, and bring their current STAR to check for eligibility and to complete an application. The application must be submitted at least 48 hours before their assigned registration date to be able to enroll in upper-level business courses. Application does not constitute completion of admissions requirements.

Application Deadline

January 5 - Spring semester admission
June 15 - Fall semester admission

Admission Criteria

  1. Minimum of 54 credits earned
  2. Combined (cumulative, including transfer grades) GPA of 2.50 or above
  3. Pre-core GPA of  2.50 or above
  4. Earned a grade of "C" or better in EVERY Business Pre-core course
  5. Completion of all Business Pre-core courses
  6. Completion of Professional Development Activities and submission of portfolio to the College of Business by the application deadline (see above)

Admission Options

  1. Full admission ONLY (will complete all Admission Criteria and Professional Development at the end of the current semester)

Application Process

Students are allowed to apply for the College of Business if they have met all the Admission Criteria. Application for admission allows the student to enroll in upper-level (300/400) business courses and to declare a major.

  1. Students must make an appointment with a Business Advisor in the Undergraduate Advising Resource Center (UARC), Student Success Center (SSC) Suite 202, and bring their current STAR to check for eligibility and complete an application.
  2. Approximately two business days after submission of the application, the designation of "ApPending" will be listed on the student's record which allows enrollment in more than 6 credits of upper-level business courses. (Therefore, students should apply about a weekbefore their assigned registration date.)
  3. Students must submit their Professional Development portfolio (Self Awareness, Market Awareness, Professional Connections and Communication Skills) to the College of Business by the application deadline (see above). For more information about creating and submitting a Professional Development portfolio, click here.
  4. At the end of the current semester, and after the application deadline (see above) , the applicant's academic record will be reviewed along with the Professional Development portfolio and admissions decisions administered based on the criteria above. Transfer students must request final transcripts to be received by UW Oshkosh Admissions Office no later than January 1 for spring acceptance or June 1 for fall acceptance. (It is also recommended that students send their UARC Business Advisor an unofficial transcript as soon as grades are posted.)
  5. Admission notification letters via UW Oshkosh E-mail will be sent after the application deadline; generally late July/early August for fall admission and late January for spring admission.
  6. Within two weeks after notification letters are sent, the declared major(s) and emphases will be added to the applicant's records appearing on the STAR report and transcripts.
  7. The following week, the student's advisor will be changed to a College of Business faculty advisor for each major.

Application Deadline

January 5 for Spring semester admission and June 15 for Fall semester admission.

NOTE : Students not meeting the full acceptance may be able to keep up to a total of 21 credits of upper-level (300/400) business/economics courses before admission. However, they will be removed from all courses for which they to not meet prerequisites.

Professional Development Portfolio

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s College of Business prepares its students not only for success within the classroom, but most importantly, success upon graduation. As the only business school in the state with an internship requirement, our students obtain the real-world experience needed by today’s employers. Read about some of the internships on the Featured Internships page.

Undergraduate students also participate in Networking Night, a unique opportunity that brings students and employers together to socialize and learn about potential employment opportunities.

UW Oshkosh’s Career Services helps to further prepare students with opportunities to receive resume assistance, participate in mock interviews and connect with internships and jobs upon graduation.

Below are the five standards of professional development that students must complete in order to be fully OR provisionally admitted to the College of Business.

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Standard 1:  Self - Awareness

Be self-aware and confident in your interests and abilities. Know how this relates to your majors of interest before making a final choice when admitting to the College of Business.

Applicable College Learning Goal:

Business Skills, Interpersonal Skills - Students will gain a greater understanding of themselves and their strengths and how they relate to working with others and in their chosen work environment.

Activities to Complete this Standard:
Take Interest Profiler through WISCareers and review Matching Career Clusters. The registration code for UW Oshkosh students is osh-c427. Find it at http://wiscareers.wisc.edu/.

 

Standard 2:  Market Awareness

Be aware of the market and how your chosen major fits within the realistic scope of employment.

Applicable College Learning Goal:

Business Environment - Through occupation research, students will have a greater understanding of opportunities and issues facing their chosen occupation.

Business Skills, Analytical Thinking & Problem Solving Skills - Students will have the opportunity to gather data and organize it for analysis.

Activities to Complete this Standard:

Use Occupational Outlook Handbook to explore what you can do with majors of interest. Find this resource at http://stats.bls.gov/oco/home.htm

Verification Tools:

Create and submit a summary of an occupation which includes:

  •  Fields within occupation (nature of work)
  •  Educational requirements
  • 10 year growth projection
  • Median Salary
  • Lowest and Top 10 Percent Salaries

The summary should be in bullet point format and in you own words. Do not copy and paste directly from the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

 

Standard 3:  Professional Connections

Be aware of the culture of business and trends in employment.

Applicable College Learning Goal:

Business Knowledge - Students will gain more information regarding their specific functional area as well as business relations as a whole.

Business Environment - Students have the opportunity to hear speakers and interact with organizations and understand issues facing the business world.

Activities to Complete this Standard:

  • Attend at least 1 UW Oshkosh Career or Internship Fair
  • Attend at least 3 business student club meetings or other approved College of Business development sessions. 

To verify club attendance, print off the Club Attendance Verification Form below. When the form is completed, scan the form and add the electronic version to your Professional Development Portfolio. Be sure to follow the directions on the form correctly.

Club Verification Form 

 

Standard 4:  Communication Skills

Display professional communication skills.

Applicable College Learning Goal:

Business Skills, Communication Skills- Students have the opportunity to display professional written communication skills.

Activity to Complete this Standard:

Create an essay reflective in nature based off the following prompt:

Through classes, club meetings, and web research, you have investigated various majors and reviewed your own skills. Describe the major and possible career paths within the major you have selected, including future trends from the Occupational Outlook Handbook, and WIS Careers Self-Assessments, and explain why you would be successful in it.

The essay should be professional, including correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, and approximately 500 words. Paste your essay into the Admissions Essay page in ePortfolio.

 

Standard 5: Technology Literacy

Display ability to follow instructions and ability to use current technology.

Applicable College Learning Goal:

Business Skills, Communication Skills & Analytical and Problem Solving Skills- Students have the opportunity to display their instruction-following and technology skills.

NEW! Activity to Complete this Standard:

Starting for Fall 2013 Admission please use ePortfolio on D2L to submit your Professional Development Portfolio to the College of Business.

Each semester ePortfolio tutorial workshops will be offered to assist you through the process or specific instructions for using ePortfolio can be found below.

Once you have completed your application with your academic advisor you will be enrolled into a D2L COB Admission Course where you will submit your portfolio to a dropbox. However, you can start working on your portfolio prior to this as you already have access to it through D2L.

Note: When you are creating your portfolio you may run into some problems with copying and pasting items from Word and the Internet into your ePortfolio. If you run into this problem change your browser to internet explorer. Sometimes there are issues with Firefox or Google Chrome. You can also try to use the keyboard shortcuts to copy and paste if you are having issues.

 

Portfolio Instructions

Click here for directions