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Becoming a Robins School of Business Student

Getting to know the Robins School of Business

Prospective students coordinate their visit through the UR’s Undergraduate Admissions Office. Upon request from the Admissions Office, observing an introductory course or speaking with someone about the business program may be arranged in advance.

Requirements to Declare a Major or Minor

To declare a major or minor in the Robins School of Business (Business Administration, Economics or Accounting) a student must have earned at least a 2.7 GPA, after completing at least 12 units of college coursework, including ECON 101, ACCT 201, and MATH 211 (or their equivalents). All students declaring a major or minor in the Robins School of Business must also first pass an online Excel competency exam. Students will have three attempts to demonstrate competency with a grade of 80% or higher. This is not for a grade or academic credit. Note, the Excel competency exam is only for students entering the University in fall 2018 or after. Students may declare as soon as these criteria are satisfied, but have until the end of the first two weeks of their junior fall semester to declare a business major or minor (class year as defined by GradTracker). Students not meeting these criteria may appeal to the RSB Enrollment Appeals Committee one time.  Those denied upon appeal may not declare any Robins School major nor a minor in Business, and must pursue a different academic program of study.

Sophomore transfer students interested in declaring a major or minor in the Robins School of Business (Business Administration, Economics or Accounting) must have earned at least a 2.7 GPA, after completing at least 12 units of college coursework, including ECON 101, ACCT 201, and MATH 211 (or their equivalents), and at least one semester of coursework at the University of Richmond. All students declaring a major or minor in the Robins School of Business must also first pass an online Excel competency exam. Students will have three attempts to demonstrate competency with a grade of 80% or higher. This is not for a grade or academic credit. Note, the Excel competency exam is only for students entering the University in fall 2018 or after. Students may declare as soon as these criteria are satisfied, but have until the end of the first two weeks of their junior fall semester to declare a business major or minor. Students not meeting these criteria may appeal to the RSB Enrollment Appeals Committee one time. Those denied upon appeal may not declare any Robins School major nor a minor in Business, and must pursue a different academic program of study.

Junior transfer students interested in declaring a major or minor in the Robins School of Business (Business Administration, Economics or Accounting) must have completed at least 12 units of college coursework, including ECON 101, ACCT 201, and MATH 211 (or their equivalents), and must have earned at least a 2.7 GPA after one semester at the University of Richmond. All students declaring a major or minor in the Robins School of Business must also first pass an online Excel competency exam. Students will have three attempts to demonstrate competency with a grade of 80% or higher. This is not for a grade or academic credit. Note, the Excel competency exam is only for students entering the University in fall 2018 or after. 

Students not meeting these criteria should file appeals with the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs two weeks prior to the start of the fall semester of their junior year. Those denied upon appeal may not declare any Robins School major nor a minor in Business, and must pursue a different academic program of study.

Junior transfer students not meeting these criteria should file appeals with the Associate Dean of Undergraduate programs one week prior to the start of the spring semester of their junior year. Those denied upon appeal may not declare any Robins School major nor a minor in Business, and must pursue a different academic program of study.

*class year as defined by GradTracker.

Pre-Business Form

Students interested in pursuing a major or business minor in the Robins School of Business will need to complete an online Robins School of Business Pre-Business Intent Form prior to the end of the second week of the fall semester of the student's sophomore year. 

Terminology

Pre-Business Classes: These are courses that should be taken prior to registering for upper level business classes. All Pre-Business classes are not necessarily prerequisite classes, however, it is recommended for all of the Pre-Business classes to be completed before taking upper level business classes.

Core Classes.  These are the upper level courses that MUST be completed once a student has declared his or her major. These requirement courses are taken in tandem with major and concentration area courses.

Major/ Concentration Classes. These are the courses associated with each major and concentration. Specific courses required may be found at the department pages located on the column to the left of this page.

Pre-Business Classes
MATH 211, ACCT 201, ACCT 202, BUAD 202, BUAD 205, ECON 101, ECON 102

Core Classes
FIN 360, MKT 320, MGMT 325, MGMT 330, MGMT 340, BUAD 392, BUAD 497 or IBUS 411, and an International Focus Course which may be taken as part of the major requirements or approved semester long study abroad program.

Scheduling

All pre-business and core classes are offered every semester. Here is a guideline as to when pre-business classes should be taken.  Core classes are typically taken during the junior and senior year.

MATH 211*¹

Must be completed by end of fall semester sophomore year

ACCT 201*¹

Typically completed by end of fall semester sophomore year, and is a prerequisite course for core business classes

ACCT 202

Should be completed before the end of sophomore year; must have first completed ACCT 201

BUAD 202*

BUAD 202 should be completed before the end of the sophomore year and is a prerequisite course for core business classes

BUAD 205

Recommended completing no later than during sophomore year 

ECON 101*¹

Generally taken fall semester freshman year; Must be completed by end of fall semester sophomore year

ECON 102*

Generally taken spring semester freshman year; should be completed by end of sophomore year

*Prerequisite to all other upper level business classes
¹ Denotes classes required for business school enrollment process

Questions

Ms. Laura Thompson
Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Student Services
laura.thompson@richmond.edu

Undergraduate Business

102 UR Drive
University of Richmond, VA  23173
Phone: (804) 289-8550
Fax: (804) 287-6544
bsba@richmond.edu