Admission to the College of Business

We are glad you are interested in being admitted to the College of Business.

Admissions Information and Requirements

Students who are admitted to The University of Akron and indicate a Business major or Undecided Business concentration on the application will be admitted to the College of Business.

Students wishing to be in the Williams Honors College must apply separately to the college. As a student in the Honors College, you will live in a new separate complex with other driven, focused and engaged students and enjoy many other benefits. Read more.

In order to be admitted into the academic major as an incoming student, students must have a 3.0 overall GPA from high school AND an ACT composite score of 21 or higher (1060 SAT equivalency). If students do not submit ACT or SAT scores, they will need a B or higher in Pre-Calculus or a higher level Mathematics in high school in order to be admitted into their major.

Transfer students are students who have attended or are attending a college or university after graduating from high school. The Transfer and Adult Student Enrollment Center assists students in their Transfer Credit Evaluation. If a course has not been previously reviewed, students need to submit a course syllabus to the Transfer and Adult Student Enrollment Center.

Learn how three College of Business students made the decision to transfer to The University of Akron.

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

For transfer students to be admitted into the academic major, the following must be completed from the prior institution(s):

  • 2.5 average cumulative
  • English Composition I and II (3300:111 & 3300:112)
  • Speech requirement (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)
  • One of the following courses:
    • Accounting Principles I (6200:201)
    • Spreadsheet Modeling & Decision Analysis (6200:250)
    • Introduction to Entrepreneurship (6300:201)
    • Legal & Social Environment of Business (6400:220)
    • Marketing Principles (6600:205)

Adult students are students who have graduated from high school or earned a G.E.D. more than five years ago, and never attended college.

Please contact the Transfer and Adult Student Enrollment Center for additional admissions information. Adult Focus provides preadmission advising and academic support services for adult and veteran students.

Post-bac students have received a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university other than The University of Akron and plan to take undergraduate coursework. For the College of Business, we recommend that students first meet with CoB Graduate Programs to determine if a graduate degree would be a better alternative. Often, completing a Master’s in Business may take less time than completing a Bachelor’s degree in Business.

If you are a current UA student who wants to pursue one of the CoB majors, please visit your current academic advisor to begin the process to change your academic major. It is also recommended that students schedule an appointment to meet with a CoB academic advisor.

Students must be admitted into the academic major in order to graduate, take 400-level Business courses, take 300-level Accountancy courses, be CoB scholarship eligible, and receive academic credit for an internship.

"Pre-Admit" majors (students not admitted into the academic major) in the CoB will be evaluated at the end of each academic semester to be admitted into the academic major. The criteria listed above for transfer students is used to admit students into the College of Business academic major. Students are notified via e-mail when admitted into the academic major.