Undergraduate Admissions - The University of Iowa

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Accounting (BBA)
Business Analytics & Information Systems (BBA)
Economics (BBA)
Finance (BBA)
Management (BBA)
Marketing (BBA)


Entrepreneurial Management
International Business
Risk Management & Insurance


Business Administration
Honors Courses
Four-Year Graduation Plan
Selective Admission

The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program in the Henry B. Tippie College of Business prepares students for a career and a full life during their first job and beyond. In addition to specialization in six majors, the college also offers a minor in business administration, and three certificate programs. Graduates have opportunities for careers worldwide and for graduate study in many fields.

The undergraduate BBA program takes full advantage of the university’s liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students acquire the verbal and quantitative reasoning skills they'll need for today’s business careers along with basic and specialized knowledge of business.

Business Majors

The college offers six undergraduate majors that lead to a BBA degree:

Certificate Programs in Business

Certificate programs are open to students in any major and are usually completed to supplement a degree.

Minor in Business Administration

The college offers a Minor in Business Administration for undergraduate students who are not majoring in business.

Why Study at Iowa? 

The Tippie College of Business is known for the strength of its academic departments and the community built by its students, faculty, and staff. U.S.News & World Report ranks Iowa's undergraduate business program in the top 25 public universities nationwide. Individually, the college’s six departments have earned high marks in national rankings and studies of academic programs.

Students in any of the college's six majors will focus on a core academic discipline, but are able to supplement their degree with interdisciplinary certificates, minors, or a second major in another college. Academic pursuits are complemented by an array of leadership opportunities, internships, service-learning, and study abroad programs.

The college's Direct Admission program for qualifying first-year students provides a variety of activities both in and outside of the classroom that enhance student development, such as a seminar for first-year business students and housing in the BizHawks Living-Learning Community, which is located in the UI residence halls. Direct admission students also may apply for the Tippie First-Year Scholarship, valued at $2,000-$3,000.

Approximately 20 percent of incoming first-year students declare an intent to major in business. About 2,000 students are enrolled in the BBA program.

Course Work 

All business students are required to complete the college's General Education Requirements (in courses such as rhetoric, literature, historical perspectives, and the natural sciences) plus introductory business courses in accounting, business computing essentials, economics, calculus, and statistics before beginning the core course work for all business majors.

Core course work for all business majors includes:

  • Business Communication and Protocol
  • Statistics for Strategy Programs
  • Introductory Financial Management
  • Introduction to Law
  • Introduction to Management
  • Information Systems
  • Operations Management
  • Introduction to Marketing Strategy

Students also complete a set of courses associated with their specific business major (accounting, economics, etc.).

See Bachelor of Business Administration in the UI General Catalog to learn more about studying business at Iowa, including requirements for graduation, graduating with honors, and the Tippie College of Business Undergraduate Honor Code.

Admission Requirements

Admission to all of Iowa's undergraduate business majors is selective. Students may be admitted to the Tippie College of Business either through Direct Admission or Standard Admission.

Direct Admission is for first-year students with a 3.60 high school grade-point average and an ACT composite score of 26 or higher. Applicants who meet the high school course requirements and either the GPA or test score requirement will be carefully considered for Direct Admission. Standard Admission is for current UI prebusiness students that meet the established admission criteria, typically after their first year.

More information on admission can be found at http://tippie.uiowa.edu/undergraduate/admissions.

In addition to the college's admission requirements, accounting majors must have a 3.00 UI and cumulative grade-point average, a B- average in financial and managerial accounting, and a passing score on the accounting writing assessment.

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Student Opportunities 

Most Iowa business students use UI academic resources such as the University of Iowa Honors Program, internships and career preparation offered by the Pomerantz Career Center, and Study Abroad. They also participate in leadership conferences, Student Organizations, and case studies that provide leadership opportunities.

Study Abroad

In today's global economy, students must prepare to work with people around the world. Study abroad provides opportunities to develop multicultural skills and increase proficiency in a world language. The university's Office for Study Abroad coordinates a wide selection of programs open to all undergraduates. In addition, the Tippie College of Business offers the following programs for its students.

  • Summer internships in London, Paris, Madrid, and Hong Kong: You'll gain professional experience and academic course credit in these non-paid programs, which last eight or 10 weeks. Internships are available in private-sector business, law, nongovernmental organizations, professional associations, schools, hospitals, political parties, policy think tanks, lobby groups, and many other areas. You may be able to earn academic credit for your work.
  • Study abroad in Italy: You'll spend a semester or summer studying in Paderno del Grappa, Italy, in programs offered by the Consortium of Universities for International Studies (CUIS). You'll earn credit for your course work, which will emphasize current international events. You'll also be encouraged to study Italian and participate in executive lectures, plant tours, and other activities. The program's students and faculty primarily come from the 30-plus American public universities that belong to CUIS.
  • Business program in London: A Tippie College of Business faculty member teaches this course during the UI winter session (late December to January). You'll live in a student apartment in central London, visit businesses, learn from business leaders, and take in cultural and historic sites. Class offerings vary from year to year.

Faculty, Facilities, and Resources 

The state-of-the-art John Pappajohn Business Building was designed for students. It features 19 technology-equipped classrooms, multiple seminar and conference rooms, over 500 seats of auditorium space, two computer classrooms, a management information systems lab, research lab, computer labs, and the business library.

Other facilities associated with the business college include a variety of student- and research-oriented Centers and Institutes. Student-centered institutes include the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, the Small Business Development Center, the Bedell Entrepreneurship Learning Laboratory, the Frank Business Communications Center, the Business Solutions Center, the Emmett J. Vaughan Institute of Risk Management and Insurance, the Entrepreneurial Management Institute, the Hawkinson Institute of Business Finance, the Institute for International Business, and the Marketing Institute. Research institutes include the Institute for Economic Research, the Iowa Electronics Institute, and the RSM McGladrey Institute of Accounting Education and Research.

The college has more than 150 faculty members, who offer excellent classroom instruction and place an emphasis on experiential learning and technological expertise.


Iowa’s College of Business graduates enjoy a high placement rate. Over 90 percent of the college's May 2013 graduates reported that they found permanent employment, were pursuing graduate degrees, or were not seeking employment six months after graduation.

Recent graduates have found jobs in international accounting firms, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, public policy groups, banking, market research, commodity analysis, securities sales, employee relations, business consulting, transportation planning, education, and entrepreneurial endeavors.

Visit the Pomerantz Career Center website for more information.


Over 300 scholarships are available to business students; some designed specifically for first-year students. Review the websites of the Office of Admissions, College of Business, and Office of Student Financial Aid for more scholarship opportunities.

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