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UI business school offers first-year students early enrollment option in '98

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- First-year students with outstanding academic records will be able to get right to business at the University of Iowa next year, thanks to a new program that will offer early admission to the UI College of Business Administration for some students.

Beginning in fall 1998, the College of Business Administration will allow a limited number of first-year students -- those who qualify as honors students -- to enroll in the college as freshmen.

The move marks the first time in decades that undergraduates who want to graduate with business degrees will be allowed to declare a business major before their junior year at the UI.

Lola Lopes, associate dean for undergraduate programs at the College of Business Administration, says the "fast-track" program will provide qualified honors students with a more enriching and personalized experience at the UI.

"We have found that our very best students are ready for the challenges of business school earlier in their careers," Lopes says. "We always have excellent honors students in business, but we think students would be better served by having them start on their business classes earlier and giving them more time to interact with faculty on honors research projects and other activities."

The early admission option will also help students and parents map out educational plans, Lopes says.

Currently, all freshmen at the UI enroll in either the College of Liberal Arts or the College of Engineering. Students who want to receive a degree from the College of Business Administration take two years of general UI courses and prerequisite classes before being considered for admission to the business school.

The College of Business Administration offers undergraduate degrees in business administration, economics, finance, management, management information systems, and marketing. The new program does not change any requirements for enrollment through the traditional process.

To qualify for early admission, incoming freshmen must meet the following requirements:

-- A composite score of 29 or above on the ACT exam, or a composite score of 1250 or above on the SAT exam;

-- Rank in the top 10 percent of their high school classes;

-- Meet all high school unit requirements for admission to the UI.

Early admission students will attend a special seminar, "Orientation to Business," in their first year. All other degree requirements are the same as for regular business majors.

Once admitted, students must maintain at least a grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale to remain in the business school and a 3.2 grade point average to readmit in the honors program.

All students are free to transfer to the College of Liberal Arts or apply for admission to other undergraduate colleges if they want to leave the business school.

Lopes says the early admission option will give students more time to plan their educational and business careers, to take part in programs such as job-shadowing and internships, and to work with mentors in the college.

The program also will relieve some of the anxiety that parents and students often have about the first two years at the UI, she says.

"Early admission means that students who meet the requirements start right off in our college, and start working on their educational and career goals, " Lopes says. "They won't have to wait and wonder whether they will be admitted as juniors."

Lopes says she expects about 30 students a year to enroll in the college as freshmen, and expects most of them to maintain their honors status as students.

In order to graduate with honors, students must maintain a higher than average grade point and complete an in-depth research project, under the supervision of faculty, on a topic in their major.

There are currently about 1,100 undergraduates enrolled in the College of Business Administration. About 100 of them are in the honors program.

For more information about early admission to the UI College of Business Administration, contact the Undergraduate Programs Office, W160 Pappajohn Business Administration Building (PBAB), The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa 52242; phone (toll-free): 1-800-553-IOWA.

11/10/97