What If I Don’t Get In?

If a student is not admitted into a Marriott School undergraduate program there are still many good alternatives available. Although each individual student has specific objectives and skills, the following are some alternatives to consider.

  1. Start with a Parallel Plan: While you are preparing to apply for a business program, pursue an alternate major that could transition into a minor. If you take introductory classes for another major while you are completing prerequisite coursework, it will not only help you solidify your future goals and interests, but it will also help you progress more quickly towards graduation and your future career if you are not accepted. There are several majors that will teach you skills and theory that will help you land a successful career in the business world. 
  2. Declare a Management Minor: Once you complete the prerequisite courses, you will have satisfied most of the requirements for the management minor. Once you select an alternate major, declaring the management minor will provide you with a basic understanding of the core cross-functional areas of business (accounting, finance, human resources, marketing, etc.). You may also consider a minor in non-profit management or global business and literacy. 
  3. Participate in Professional Development Opportunities: Participating in On-Campus Internships, joining professional clubs, and getting work experience will not only help you become a more competitive applicant for the business school, it will also help you become better prepared for the business world. There are many pathways to business that do not always require a specific business degree. Be confident in your capabilities to succeed in business. 
  4. Prepare for a Professional Degree or an MBA: Students who are considering obtaining an MBA following their undergraduate program should understand that an undergraduate degree in business is not required for admission into an MBA program. In fact, often MBA programs prefer that students have an diverse undergraduate major.

Should I Reapply?

At times the volume of applications prevents us from accepting even those with high GPAs and strong experiences. Some students may decide to reapply after recognizing that they can significantly strengthen their prerequisite GPA or other aspects of their application. Since admission upon reapplication is not guaranteed and could delay or prevent a student’s progress towards graduation and subsequent career goals, we recommend that you meet with an academic advisor in 460 TNRB to review whether you might be a good candidate for reapplication.