The McIntire Office of Undergraduate Admission strives to provide clear and consistent communication about the B.S. in Commerce Program's admissions process. Learn more about prerequisites, the application process, and admissions considerations for the program here.
Students spend the first two years of undergraduate work combining liberal arts and business prerequisite courses. The School requires students complete a minimum of 54 cumulative credits (60-63 credits recommended) and strongly desires students complete a minimum of two academic years at the University before enrollment. This liberal arts preparation is critical to students' success at McIntire and their long-term professional development.
More detailed information regarding prerequisite courses, suggested sequencing, and advanced placement and dual enrollment credits can be found here. Every student's path is different; students are encouraged to attend walk-in advising for one-on-one assistance.
To get up-to-the-minute information about the application availability and deadlines, be sure to sign up for Keeping up with Comm: B.S. in Commerce Newsletter.
There are two steps to applying to McIntire: registration and application submission. This two-step process allows for the transfer of information from the Student Information System (SIS) to the McIntire application site.
STEP ONE: Registration (Nov. 15, 2017–Jan. 9, 2018): Students must register no later than noon, Jan. 9, 2018. Students who have not registered by this time may not apply for admission to McIntire for fall 2018. Once registered, students are able to work on the application. Students will be able to view academic information (pulled from SIS) on the application starting Jan. 12, 2018.
STEP TWO: Application Submission (due noon, Jan. 25, 2018): Registered students must submit applications no later than noon, Jan. 25, 2018.
Not ready to apply? View a sample application here.
Undergraduate Admission Committee Review Process
The McIntire Undergraduate Admissions Committee is composed of four faculty members. Each faculty member independently reviews and makes decisions on each applicant. After review, the group meets to reach consensus on each applicant. By the middle of March, each applicant will be offered admission, deferred admission, or denied admission.
Students who are deferred are not wait-listed. Deferral signals the Committee's wish to see more information before making a final decision. Students whose applications are deferred will have their applications reviewed a second time after spring grades have posted. They also have the opportunity to write an additional essay and are invited to participate in an alumni interview, where they can demonstrate personal characteristics such as communication skills. Final decisions for deferred students are communicated by the first week of June. Deferred applicants are strongly encouraged to meet with an Admissions team member during walk-in advising, where they can learn more about the reason for deferral and talk through next steps to position themselves favorably for the final decision in June.
Important factors considered by the Admission Committee include overall academic performance to date, work and co-curricular experiences, and personal characteristics such as leadership, communication, and teamwork.
Some of the evaluative criteria used in the review process include:
- Course load per semester
- Rigor of courses
- Trend in performance
- Cumulative grade point average
- Quantitative grade point average as calculated from grades in prerequisite courses, including COMM 2010 and 2020; ECON 2010 and 2020; math; statistics; or UVA equivalents of any of these courses
Co-Curricular Activities & Engagement
- Activities and leadership within organizations
- Work experiences
- Volunteer experiences
Personal Characteristics & Skills
- Communication skills
- Appreciation of diversity and inclusion
- Global mindset
McIntire Admissions Statistics
The following admission statistics are an outcome of the holistic review process. For more insight into the 2017 applicant pool, read the Keeping Up with Comm blog here.
Current UVA Students
|Offer Rate (offers from applications)||66%||66%||60%||57%||63%|
|Yield (incoming students from offers)||97%||97%||98%||98%||99%|
Frequently Asked Questions
Visit the undergraduate admissions FAQ page to read the answers to commonly asked questions.
Advising for Prospective Students
- The McIntire Office of Undergraduate Admission holds walk-in advising each week in Robertson Hall, Room 142, for students interested in applying to McIntire's B.S. in Commerce Program.
- View summer orientation (PDF) slides from a presentation to UVA first-year and transfer students interested in McIntire programs.