Approximately half of our BBA students enter the Wisconsin School of Business through the pre-business process, applying in the spring of their first year for admission into the program beginning the following fall semester.

Applicants must apply prior to earning 86 credits, which includes in-progress, retro, transfer, and pre-enrollment coursework. Prerequisite courses in communications, calculus, economics, and psychology are also required.

We encourage you to review the complete BBA admissions policies.

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Application deadlines and key dates

The Pre-Business application for Fall 2020 enrollment is closed. Information for the Spring 2021 application (for Fall 2021 enrollment) will be posted in September 2020.
Deadline Description
February 1 – 28 Apply for BBA and department scholarships via the WiSH application
March 4, 2020 BBA admission application opens at 8:00 a.m. CT
March 18, 2020 BBA admission application closes at 4:00 p.m. CT
On or before
July 1, 2020
Application decisions announced
September 1, 2020 New admits officially become Wisconsin BBA students at BBA Induction
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Apply to the Wisconsin BBA Program

The Wisconsin BBA Program application for current UW–Madison students consists of four parts:

  • Online application: Available March 2020
  • Academic record: The minimum GPA to apply is 2.75 at both the time of application and conclusion of the spring term. Your transcripts will be available to us as a part of your UW-Madison records. For additional details on GPA calculation, visit the BBA admissions policies page.
  • Résumé: Check out our résumé resource guide for help.
  • Essay: View our essay preparation tips.

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Attend pre-business events

The Wisconsin BBA Program hosts a number of pre-business events that will help you explore your interest in business and guide you through the application process. These workshops take a sequential approach, and prospective students are strongly encouraged to attend every workshop offered in this series.

Explore pre-business events

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Meet with an advisor

The Wisconsin BBA Program offers one-on-one advising for prospective BBA students currently enrolled at UW–Madison. Our Pre-business advising team is available to help you prepare for admission and determine if the Wisconsin BBA Program is the best fit for you.

Get personalized support

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Scholarships and financial aid

The Wisconsin School of Business provides nearly $1 million in scholarship support to admitted and newly enrolled BBA students each year. To be considered for scholarships from the School of Business, a WiSH application is required and FAFSA strongly recommended to be considered for most awards.

Explore scholarships and financial aid options

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