University of California, Riverside

Undergraduate Business Program

Common Questions from Undergraduates

Helping You With Answers

Here are a few of the common questions that we get from undergraduate students. If your question is not answered here, please contact us via e-mail or call us at (951) 827-4551.

Subject Areas

General Questions

Q: Who is my Academic Advisor, and how can I contact them?
Your academic advisor is assigned to you based on the first letter of your last name. To see your assigned academic advisor, click here.

Q: When are advising hours?      
Our regular advising hours are:

  • Drop-In Advising:
    • Mondays and Tuesdays: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    • Wednesdays and Thursdays: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Appointment Advising:
    • Outside of the Drop-In Advising hours, you can schedule a 15 or 30 minute appointment with your assigned academic advisor by calling the main line at 951-827-4551.

Exceptions to regular advising hours:

Week 1 of every quarter (no appointments):

  • Drop-In Advising:
    • Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

First 3 weeks of continuing student enrollment (no appointments):

  • Drop-In Advising:
    • Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Note: Our advising hours are subject to change without notice. If you are unsure about our availability, please call our main line at 951-827-4551 for updated advising hours.

Q: What is considered "full-time?"
A: Students are considered full-time when they are enrolled in 12 or more units.

Q: How many classes should I take per quarter?
A: To finish in four years, students should average 15 units per quarter, or 45 units per year.

Q: Will it be hard to get into the business classes I want?
A: The Undergraduate Business Programs office has a 95% two-year graduation rate once students are officially in the Business Administration major; therefore, while desired classes may fill up, students are able to complete the necessary coursework to finish within two years.

Q: Will I graduate "on time?"
A: The term 'on time' typically refers to a traditional four year graduation. Most of our students are able to finish a bachelor's degree in business administration within four years, and transfer students typically finish within two years. The school of business administration currently has a 95% two year graduation rate once students are in the major.

Q: Will I receive preferential admission to UCR's Graduate Business Programs if I graduate with a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration from UCR?
A: We encourage undergraduate students to apply to the Graduate Business Programs, but they do not receive preferential admission.

Incoming Freshmen

Q: What coursework is required for a pre-business major?
During freshman and sophomore years, pre-business students complete all college breadth requirements and 10 lower division business prerequisites. For more information, click here.

Q: Can I take my business prerequisite courses on S/NC grading basis?
No. All 10 lower division business prerequisites must be taken for a letter grade.

Q: As a pre-business student, should I enroll in any upper division business courses?
 No. You should not enroll in any upper division Business Administration courses until you have completed all college breadth and business prerequisites and have applied to the Business Administration program.

Q: Is there a minimum GPA that I must have to be eligible for the Business Administration major?
Yes. Students entering UCR as freshmen must be in good academic standing and have a minimum overall 2.7 GPA and a minimum 2.5 GPA average in the business prerequisites when they apply to the Business Administration major. For more information about major changes, click here.

Q: Is it possible to participate in the University Honors Program?
Yes. We encourage our students to participate in the University Honors program. To read more, click here.

Q: Is it possible to participate in the Education Abroad Program (EAP) or Opportunities Abroad Program (OAP)?
 Yes. Eligible Business Administration students can earn UC credit and add an international perspective to their education by studying abroad. For more information about EAP/OAP, click here.

Q: Are there any business organizations that I can join on campus?
 Yes. Examples include Delta Sigma Pi, a co-ed professional business fraternity, The Accounting Society, Hylander Financial Group, the American Marketing Association, and the Community of Human Resource Management. Additional information about these organizations can be obtained here.

Q: Are there any other majors that incorporate Business Administration?
Yes. There are four majors that include 37 units of lower division and upper division business administration courses. These majors are in the departments of: Economics, History, Political Science, and Sociology. Contact these departments for more information and/or consult the UCR General Catalog.

Incoming Transfer Students

Q: How can I guarantee my admission into the Business Administration major as a transfer student?
 If you are admissible to UCR, have completed your general education requirements with an Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC), completed the lower division prerequisite courses (mandatory to complete calculus prior to transfer), and have a 3.0 transfer GPA, you can be admitted into the Business Administration major.

Q: How can I best prepare myself as a transfer student to enter the Business Administration major?
Students should complete all UCR breadth requirements or an IGETC, all lower division major prerequisite courses (with the exception of ECON 102/103), and have 105 transferrable quarter units.

Q: If I don’t finish an IGETC at a community college first, can my high school foreign language be used to satisfy UCR’s foreign language requirement?
 No. However, if a student has finished two years of foreign language in high school, they should order official transcripts to be sent from their high school to their community college to be incorporated into the IGETC evaluation. If two years of foreign language were not complete in high school, and is a missing requirement on the IGETC, they should contact their academic advisor for more information.

Q: Do I have to take the Math placement exam?
Entering transfer students should already have the math requirement complete as it is required to be admitted into the Business Administration major, so they do not need to take a math placement exam.

Careers in Business

Q: What companies recruit UCR students for their entry level positions?
Industries and job titles are extremely diverse for business graduates because the degree allows one to enter any industry since all companies need people with these skills. Management trainee programs are common in finance, government, retail, and operations. Depending on the courses taken, students concentrate in the areas of accounting, finance, management, information systems, marketing or operations and supply chain management. Since UCR's Business Administration major is a professional degree, students are eligible to begin work after graduation in their designated specialty.

Q: What jobs will I be qualified for with a Business Administration degree?
Students graduating from UCR have found entry level positions in many areas of business. Some of the more popular areas include sales, accounting, human resources, general management, finance, and customer service.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Contact Information

Undergraduate Business Program
2340 Olmsted Hall

Tel: (951) 827-4551
Fax: (951) 827-5061