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Admission to the Undergraduate Program in Business Administration

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IMPORTANT! IMPORTANT! IMPORTANT! This is a lot of information to process but it can adversely affect your registration if you are not careful!!! (Hint hint hint: Did we mention this was important yet?!?)

First Step

Before reading the rest of this page, check your Degree Works.

  • In the demographic section, if you show as a BS in Business Admin <insert business major here>, you are accepted. The only action needed is if you need to change from a declared business major to another declared business major (http://www.odu.edu/forms_admin/viewform.php?formid=8798).
  • If it shows as an intended <insert any major> or declared <insert any non-business major>, you are not accepted. Keep reading!

Second Step

If you are not accepted and you have plans to enroll in 300-level business courses, you have some action you are going to need to take IMMEDIATELY. (We've mentioned before that this is important...) Our recommendation is that these actions be completed and forms submitted well before the registration window to make sure that things are in order prior to registration. The Dean's Office will work hard to make sure applications and forms are handled expeditiously. However, it doesn't look good on you, as the student, in the Dean's Office if you are rushing in there the week of registration, trying to get paperwork pushed quickly to be admitted so you can register as seats are filling fast when you had all semester to get this in order!

There are so many scenarios so we will try our best to cover each possible. If you feel that the below does not fit you or you have questions with how it affects you, see the last paragraph below about how to follow up with questions.

  • Note that all of the application and program restriction waiver forms have been updated to reflect the new processes so make sure you have the most recent versions available on our website. http://bpa.odu.edu/bpa/academics/advising/links.shtml
  • New or old process still requires a resume approval by CMC (CyberCoach@odu.edu) prior to submitting an application and this part can be done as early as first semester freshmen year!
    • If your resume has been approved by CMC, there should be a note at the bottom of your Degree Works reflecting such. If you do not see it and you are preparing for this process, email CyberCoach@odu.edu to verify the resume approval. (If you have been reading through this email still and you are accepted, do not worry about this part.)
  • Where stated, MATH 200 will be used as a substitute for MATH 162M when 162M was not required. If you took MATH 162M and did not get the required C or better, you will still have to repeat 162M.
  • If an acceptable Associate's Degree (as noted in the Catalog and on record with ODU Admissions) waives ENGL 110C, ENGL 221C (or 211C or 231C or 111C) will be substituted for purposes of the application process.

Now, for the meat of the application process

If your first class at ODU was in Summer 2011 or earlier

  • You use the old application process, new form (http://bpa.odu.edu/bpa/academics/advising/links.shtml).
    • If you have completed the resume and ENGL 111C/211C/221C/231C, MATH 162M, ACCT 201, and ECON 202S with C or better in each, you would submit the CBPA Admissions (old process, new form) application to the Dean's Office. C- do not suffice! We repeat, C- is not eligible and that application pre-req course must be repeated. If you submit the form too close for processing prior to registration, then you might want to submit the Program Restriction Waiver form (new version) to the Dean's Office with the application to be safe. (The applications can take a while to process whereas the PRWF can be processed a bit faster!) However, our guess is that you are on the ball and and this hopefully, won't apply to you since you started on this right away!
    • If you have completed the resume but are currently enrolled in the last remaining courses as mentioned in the line above, you would submit the CBPA Admissions (old process, new form) application and the Program Restriction Waiver form (new version) to the Dean's Office.
      • Upon grades posting, you would need to email BSBAadmit@odu.edu with your UIN and request that your application be revisited with the new grades. If your application pre-req courses were taken outside ODU, an updated transcript with the new grades might need to be sent to the Dean's Office to verify the completion of the requirements.
    • If you have completed the resume, would be actively enrolling in the last remaining application pre-reqs courses, and would have no other alternative options for the upcoming semester but to take a 300-level business course, you can request permission to be able take these upper level courses. Submit the CBPA Admissions (old process, new form) application and the Program Restriction Waiver form (new version) to the Dean's Office.
      • You must be actively enrolled in the remaining application pre-req courses to request this exception.
      • If you are asking for a waiver exception, and you subsequently drop the pre-req courses, the Dean's Office does have the ability to have you dropped from the 300-level business courses. If you are taking the pre-req courses outside ODU during the semester(s) where you request a Program Restriction Waiver, let the CBPA Undergraduate Advising Office know (BusinessAdvising@odu.edu) and we'll make a note of it at the bottom of your Degree Works.

If your first class at ODU was in Fall 2011 or later

  • You will use the new two-step application process.
    • Step One requires the completion of five courses with a C or better: BUSN 110, ENGL 110C, MATH 162M, ACCT 201, and ECON 202S. Transferred courses or departmental exams satisfy the C or better requirements. A "C-" will not suffice. BUSN 110 will be waived only as part of the admissions requirement for students transferring a Business Administration Associate's Degree from a VCCS or for IT majors. (Note: The Degree Works only shows that an associate's degree has been completed. Documentation should be attached and emailed toBusinessAdvising@odu.edu showing that the awarded associate's was specifically in BUAD.)
      • If you have completed the resume and BUSN 110, ENGL 111C/211C/221C/231C, MATH 162M, ACCT 201, and ECON 202S with C or better in each, you would submit the CBPA Admissions Step One application to the Dean's Office. C- do not suffice! We repeat, C- is not eligible and that application pre-req course must be repeated. If you submit the form too close for processing prior to registration, then you might want to submit the Program Restriction Waiver form (new version) to the Dean's Office with the application to be safe. (The applications can take a while to process whereas the PRWF can be processed a bit faster!) However, if you've been paying attention, this hopefully won't apply to you.
      • If you have completed the resume but are currently enrolled in the last remaining courses as mentioned in the line above, you would submit the CBPA Admissions Step One application and the Program Restriction Waiver form (new version) to the Dean's Office.
        • Upon grades posting, you would need to email BSBAadmit@odu.edu with your UIN and request that your application be revisited with the new grades. If your application pre-req courses were taken outside ODU, an updated transcript with the new grades might need to be sent to the Dean's Office to verify the completion of the requirements.
      • If you have completed the resume, would be actively enrolling in the last remaining application pre-reqs courses, and would have no other alternative options for the upcoming semester but to take a 300-level business course, you can request permission to be able take these upper level courses. Submit the CBPA Admissions Step One application and the Program Restriction Waiver form (new version) to the Dean's Office.
        • You must be actively enrolled in the remaining application pre-req courses to request this exception.
        • If you are asking for a waiver exception, and you subsequently drop the pre-req courses, the Dean's Office does have the ability to have you dropped from the 300-level business courses. If you are taking the pre-req courses outside ODU in the semester(s) where you request a Program Restriction Waiver, let the CBPA Undergraduate Advising Office know (BusinessAdvising@odu.edu) and we'll make a note of it at the bottom of your Degree Works.
        • You will continue to submit the Step One application and PRWF together in this fashion until Step One is complete.
    • Step Two requires the completion of the completion of at least 12 credits of 3/400 level at ODU, of which, at least 6 credits must be within the CBPA Common Body of Knowledge (CBK). (See Catalog for full CBK listing.) You must have at least an overall GPA of at least 2.0 in all courses at ODU, and at least a 2.0 GPA in all 3/400 level courses at ODU.
      • If you are currently enrolled in the courses in the semester in which you plan to complete Step Two as mentioned in the line above, you would submit the CBPA Admissions Step Two application and the Program Restriction Waiver form (new version) to the Dean's Office.
        • Upon grades posting, you would need to email BSBAadmit@odu.edu with your UIN and request that your application be revisited with the new grades.
        • No more than 18 credits of upper level business courses may be completed in the CBPA without having finished the Step Two process. You should plan accordingly! (Hint hint hint: Have you done your Degree Plan yet? http://bpa.odu.edu/bpa/academics/advising/degreeplan.shtml)
        • If your 18 credits are spread out over several semesters, you will continue to submit the Step Two application and PRWF together in this fashion until Step Two is complete.

If in doubt, email us and we'll be glad to help answer your questions. If your questions are in regard to advising and order in which to take these classes, forward this email with your UIN to BusinessAdvising@odu.edu. If your questions are in regard to the actual form(s) or process, forward this email with your UIN to BSBAadmit@odu.edu. If you're not sure either way, just forward this email with your UIN to BusinessAdvising@odu.edu and an advisor will try to help point you in the right direction!