Admission Criteria

Please click here for important information about how to prepare to apply to the finance major.  

To begin the application process, click here.

When to Apply

The application is due on the last business day of June at 4:30 p.m. All prerequisites must be completed in order to apply.

We welcome applications from students finishing their sophomore and junior years, but we have observed that successful outcomes are more likely when students enter our program after their freshman year. Recruiting for finance internships happens quite early. We often see students accept offers in the spring of their sophomore year for an internship between their junior and senior years.  Because recruiters are now interviewing and making offers to sophomores for junior internships, we advise students, where possible, to apply to the finance major after their freshman year.  

How to Prepare

Students should also understand that admission to the major is competitive. In 2020, 398 applications were submitted for 230 seats. In order to assist students in preparing to apply, we offer the following guidance and counsel:

  • Earn strong grades in the prerequisite courses (ACC 200, FIN 201, and ECON 110). Grades will be evaluated by assessing the following:
    • Prerequisite grades:
      • Performance in FIN 201 will be determined using posted university grades and input from course instructors.
      • Prerequisite GPA in ACC 200, FIN 201, and ECON 110 (applications with competitive letter grades in at least two of these classes will be reviewed more favorably)
    • Last 30-credit-hour GPA and BYU GPA (calculations will use the posted university grades)
  • Where a student’s schedule allows, take and earn high marks in one or more of the following courses: IS 110, STAT 121, MATH 118. This is especially important for students applying after their sophomore or junior year.
  • Join and actively participate in the Finance Society, including the Underclassman Academy.
  • Join and actively participate in the Finance Recruiting Prep Series (FRPS). This program is designed for sophomores applying for the program as a junior, but is open to all pre-finance students.
  • Attend at least one spring NetTrek.
  • Complete an on-campus internship.
  • Create a properly formatted and polished résumé.
  • Secure a meaningful summer internship.

What Matters to the Admissions Committee

The application consists of four parts:

  • GPA (primary consideration is given to the prerequisite GPA)
  • Résumé (format and content matter) 
  • Essay (click here to learn what makes a compelling essay)
  • Transcripts (strong performance in rigorous courses increases the chances of admission)

Other Info

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