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Discover your path to purpose at Gies Business

An education is just the start. From there, 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 students begin this life-changing process by earning admissions to Gies. 

Also consider our
Undergraduate Business Minor and Gies Graduate Programs!

Prospective First-Year Students

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How to Apply

First-year applications are submitted through 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 Undeclared” as their first choice major, whether they are interested in general business or a specific major.

First-year students are admitted directly into Gies through the Business Undeclared major and explore all areas of study before declaring their major by the end of their sophomore year.

How We Review

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 (if provided) 
  • Writing prompts 
  • Involvement in community, workplace, and/or school activities
  • Achievements and honors 
  • Additional information explaining lower grades or unique personal situations

The University of Undergraduate Admissions provides more details about the application review process.

Deadlines & Timelines

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


Transfer Students

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Intercollegiate Transfer (ICT)

Current students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign follow these guidelines to apply for transfer to Gies College of Business.


Off-Campus Transfer (OCT)

Students attending other educational institutions follow these guidelines to apply for transfer to Gies College of Business.

Gies Business Admissions Team

Director, Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment

Coordinator, Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment

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."