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Admission Process & Major Declaration

Admission to the College of Business

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 (students admitted to UW Oshkosh BEFORE Fall 2012 are required to have a 2.20 Pre-core GPA or above)

4) Earned a grade of “C” or better in every Business Pre-core course

5) Completion of all Business Pre- core courses

Admission Process:

Students are allowed to apply for admission to the College of Business if they have met all the Admission Criteria listed above. The application for admission allows the student to enroll in an unlimited amount of upper-level (300/400) business department 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 Suite 202, and bring their current STARto check admissions eligibility.   Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor about two weeks before their assigned registration date for the semester they plan to admit.

2)       Students will have a message on their STAR above their In Progress Courses section indicating their application is pending review after their appointment. This indication means they are eligible to add as many 300/400 level business department courses that they would like as long as they meet other course prerequisites.

3)      Students will receive an e-mail from the College of Business within one week of their appointment.  This e-mail indicates that they have been added to a COB Admission course on D2L. There will be a link for an on-line Major Declaration form that each student must complete to indicate the major and any minors or emphases they want declared.

4)      □ Students who are taking BUS 284, Professional Skills in Business, in Fall 2015 or later at UW Oshkosh skip to #5.


□ All others must create and submit their Professional Development portfolio (Self Awareness, Market Awareness, Professional Connections and Communication Skills) by creating an  E-Portfolio in D2L and submitting it in the COB Admission course drop box by the deadline (listed below). For details, see the College of Business website: , or go to Sage Hall 1608, the College of Business Undergraduate Office.

5)      At the end of the current semester, and after the deadline (below), the applicant’s academic record will be reviewed along with the Professional Development portfolio if necessary and admissions decisions will be administered based on the criteria above. Transfer students must request final transcripts to be received by UW Oshkosh Admissions Office no later than January 1st for spring acceptance or June 1st for fall acceptance.

6)      Admission notification letters will be e-mailed to the UW Oshkosh e-mail account after the deadline (below); generally late July for fall admission, and late January for spring admission.

7)      The indicated major(s), minor(s) and emphases on the Major Declaration form will be added to the applicant’s records appearing on the STAR and transcripts near the beginning of the admit semester.  After that, the student’s advisor will be changed to a College of Business faculty advisor for each major declared.

Deadline to complete admission process: January 5 for Spring semester admission and June 15 for Fall semester admission.

NOTE: Students not meeting the admission requirements (above) may be able to keep up to 21 credits of upper level business department courses.  However, they will be removed from all courses for which they do not meet the 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 College to Career Conference (formerly 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 admitted to the College of Business.

Click on + to open/close the selection.

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 Personal Globe Inventory through WISCareers and review the Interest Profile, Explore Occupations, and Full Report tabs. The registration code for UW Oshkosh students is osh-c427. Find it at


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

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