Gaining Admission to The College of Business Administration: High School and Transfer Students

At The University of Akron (UA), like at many universities, you apply for admission to the University in general, and you must also meet certain criteria to be admitted to your major. Your high school academic performance will determine if you are admitted directly to the College of Business Administration (CBA) or if you are admitted as a pre-business major.

You are directly admitted to the CBA when you apply for admission to The University of Akron if you

  • Select one of the majors in the CBA on your application, and
  • Have a 3.0 overall GPA from high school, and
  • Earn an overall ACT score of 21 or higher (1010 SAT equivalent)

If you are admitted into the Honors College at UA, you also will be admitted to the College of Business if you select one of the majors in the CBA on your application.

Pre-Business Majors

If you attend UA directly from high school and do not meet the requirements above, you will be admitted to The University of Akron as a pre-business major. To gain admission into the CBA, students must satisfy the criteria listed below. The courses listed are required for all CBA students, regardless of their admission status. CBA requirements for pre-business majors include:

  • English Composition I and II (3300:111 and 3300:112)
  • Speech (7600:105 or 7600:106)
  • College Algebra (3450:145) or Calculus with Business Applications (3450:210)
  • Principles of Microeconomics (3250:200) or Principles of Macroeconomics (3250:201)
  • Accounting Principles I (6200:201) OR Spreadsheet Modeling & Decision Analysis (6250:250) OR Introduction to Entrepreneurship (6300:201) OR Legal & Social Environment of Business (6400:220) OR Marketing Principles (6600:205)
  • 2.5 cumulative (overall) GPA

With careful attention to course selection, students are able to fulfill these requirements and enroll in the business major of their choice at the completion of their first year. Pre-business majors are included in CBA events and are encouraged to join a CBA student organization during their first year.

Transfer Student College of Business Requirements

As a transfer student, you must fulfill the CBA requirements for pre-business majors listed above. The average of your transfer institution(s) cumulative GPA(s) also must be 2.5 or greater. After you have completed 15 or more credits at The University of Akron, your GPA will be based solely on your University of Akron grades. If you have completed additional business courses, CBA staff will evaluate them for equivalency, to determine whether the courses transfer. To have business transfer courses evaluated, complete the Transfer Course Review Request

Please contact the Transfer and Adult Student Enrollment Center for additional information.

Adult Student College of Business Requirements

Please contact the Transfer and Adult Student Enrollment Center for additional admissions information.

Current University of Akron Students

If you are a current UA student who wants to pursue one of the CBA majors, you must meet the admission requirements for pre-business majors. If you previously attended another academic institution, your transfer institution GPA(s) also will be considered. Current students should visit the Undergraduate Advising Office for guidance and assistance.

Please contact the CBA admissions recruiter to have your questions answered.