Applying to a BBA Program

BBA Application Steps and Tips

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Applying to a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program can be stressful. Admissions are competitive, and there are a lot for different steps that must be completed to be considered for enrollment. There is also the issue of choosing a school, which can sometimes prove to be the most difficult part about the application process. The following tips will help you get a handle on the steps that are involved when applying to a BBA program.

Choosing a Campus Program
If you are interested in attending a campus-based BBA program, you will first need to consider the location of the school. Is housing available? Will you be able to commute from home? What are the area's living costs? Will you be able to find work or an internship while you earn your degree? All of these things will play a role in your education experience. Other things to consider include program curriculum, campus facilities, career placement resources, and school reputation. Get more tips on choosing an undergraduate school.

Choosing an Online Program
If you would prefer online study, you have even more options available to you. There are schools all over the world with online programs. Some schools are even online only. When choosing an online school, you should evaluate accreditation, course curriculum, course delivery methods, and your ability to work independently.

You can also evaluate school rankings to see which programs have a good reputation. Here are a few rankings to start with:

Taking Standardized Tests
Entrance exams are commonplace among BBA programs.
Applicants usually needs to take either the SAT or ACT as part of the admissions process. Students who are interested in earning credits that can be applied toward to their degree may also want to consider taking AP and CLEP business exams. These exams test your knowledge of various topics and may allow you to skip some of your first-year college courses.

Writing an Admissions Essay
When applying to a BBA program, you will almost always be required to write at least one essay or personal statement. You may be asked to write on a specific topic, such as "Why Business?" or "What Is You Biggest Weakness?" The mechanics and creativity of your essay will be judged by the admissions committee. Read more about writing an admissions essay.

Requesting Transcripts
To see if you are a good fit for a BBA program, admissions committees will look at your high school transcript. They want to see your grades and may even be interested in the types of classes you took. If you studied advanced math topics, ethics, business, or related topics, you may be a natural fit. If you coasted through high school and focused on non-business coursework, such as art, science, or other liberal arts topics, you may not be as well-positioned as other candidates. You can request your transcripts by contacting the guidance office of the high school(s) you attended and graduated from. Most schools have an online request form that can be filled out.

Getting Recommendations
Recommendations are a must for MBA applicants, but they are not always required for student entering a BBA program. It is very dependent on the school. Those who do require recommendations as part of the admissions process generally ask for two or three recommendation letters from former employers, teachers, or other people who know you well enough to speak about your performance, drive, ethics, leadership potential, or some other skill that may be of use in a business program.

Some schools require students to complete prerequisites prior to enrolling in a BBA program. Prerequisites can include orientation seminars or introductory courses in first year writing, math, or other topics. You may have to complete entire courses or earn a specific number of credits. Some business schools require you to enter the university as a freshman and apply to the BBA program in your sophomore year. Alternative prerequisites may include entrance exams or placements tests.

Read more about undergraduate admissions.