High School Preparation Tips for Aspiring Business Majors

How to Get Ready for Business School

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Why Prepare in High School?

Admission requirements at schools all over the nation are getting more and more difficult to meet. Many schools have minimum GPA requirements, prerequisites that need to be completed in preparation for college classes, and other requirements that are more stringent than ever before. The application process is also more competitive nowadays. A single school can reject more than 10,000 students during every round of applications.

Business schools - even at the undergraduate level - have an application process that is even more competitive than some of the other common college majors. The best way to increase your chances of acceptance is to plan ahead. If you are still in high school, and are thinking about majoring in business, there are several ways in which you can prepare.

Take the Right Classes

The classes you will need to take as an active business major will depend on the school and the program that you choose to attend. However, there are certain classes that are required of every business major. Preparing for these classes while you are still in high school will make everything a lot easier. It will also give you an edge over other applicants when you are trying to get admitted into a quality business program.

Some of the classes you will want to take while you are in high school include:

  • English
  • Speech/Communications
  • Math and Accounting

If your high school offers computer classes, business law classes, or any other classes that directly relate to business, you will want to take these too.

Develop Leadership Skills

Developing leadership skills while you are still in high school will be very beneficial when it comes time to apply to different schools.

Admissions committees value business applicants who can demonstrate leadership potential. You can acquire leadership experience in school clubs, volunteer programs, and through an internship or summer job. Many business schools also value an entrepreneurial spirit. Don't be afraid to start your own business while you are still in high school. 

Research Your Options

If you want to be a business major, it is never too early to begin researching careers, scholarships, and schools. You will find numerous resources on this site and in other places around the web. You can also speak to your guidance counselor. Most counselors have information on hand, and can help you develop a plan of action. Sometimes the best way to get accepted to college is to find a school that is the right fit for your style of learning, academic capabilities, and career aspirations. Remember, not every school is equal. They all offer a different curriculum, different opportunities, and different learning environments. Take time to find the one that works for you.

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