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As a business major, what schools can I tag to?

redmangooseredmangoose Posts: 79Registered User Junior Member
edited November 2012 in UC Transfers
I'm an incoming freshmen and saw on assist that UCSD and UC Davis don't have business majors. So does that mean I can't TAG or go there? I also read that Irvine's business program isn't participating in TAG for 2011 either. So that just leaves UCSB for me. I don't plan on going to the other 3 UC's.
By top choices are Cal, UCLA and USC but those aren't guaranteed.
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Replies to: As a business major, what schools can I tag to?

  • MidnightGolferMidnightGolfer Posts: 759Registered User Member
    The only UCs with an actual business major are Cal, UCI, and UC Riverside. The other UCs offer a degree in business economics or something very close to it (UCSD has management science and Davis has Managerial Economics). You can basically TAG into any of the "business econ" programs with the exception of any major at any of the UC's with the exception of UCLA/Cal.

    Cal's Haas school of business is very impacted and accepts very few students every year. UCLA's business econ accepts more students, but it also faces very strong competition (avg gpa of 3.94). USC's Marshall is somewhat difficult to get into, but I would place it as easier than your other top choices.
  • redmangooseredmangoose Posts: 79Registered User Junior Member
    What about going in as just an Econ major for those schools?
  • MidnightGolferMidnightGolfer Posts: 759Registered User Member
    You can TAG econ for all the "TAG schools." If you meant going in Econ for cal/ucla/usc, then it is still pretty difficult but not as much as business. Cal's admission process is a little strange because you'll see students with 4.0's get rejected for Econ but students with 3.4's get accepted instead. Nonetheless, it's still an impacted major at a top university and it's difficult to get into. Regular econ for UCLA is about the same difficulty as their business econ program, so of course it's difficult (avg gpa is 3.95). USC's economics major is actually not that difficult to get into and much easier compared to its business school.
  • iTransferiTransfer Posts: 857Registered User Member
    Apply to these:
    UCB - Business Admin
    USC - Business Admin
    UCLA - Business Econ

    Tag to these:
    UCSB - Economics and Accounting
    UCI - Business Economics (offers business minors in Management and Accounting)
    UCSD - Management Science (offers accounting minor)

    I would also consider CSUN, CSUF, and Santa Clara for accounting.
  • redmangooseredmangoose Posts: 79Registered User Junior Member
    The thing I won't have space for anything beyond Calc III. And I won't be eligible to take that until the spring of my second year. I won't be able to take that AND linear algebra and/or that one other math course at my college(something differential equations, forgot the name, but it's a also a prereq for a business major at one of those UC's).
  • xelinkxelink Posts: 1,124Registered User Senior Member
    the place where biz econ shines would be if your ultimate goal is accounting as a certain number of accounting and business courses must be taken.

    I'd argue that if you're interested in finance, Math/Econ, Managerial Science, Management Economics or Quantitative Economics would be superior to business-economics if you're applying to any place which is selective.

    most employers look at the difference between econ and business econ as negligible. So you took a management class or two... almost noone cares in the real world. If they see that you're good at economics AND you're good at math, they'll note that you're a smart guy. This matters. The down side is that you might be shoved into a more computationally heavy position, though in some cases GETTING YOUR FOOT IN THE DOOR I WHAT MATTERS.

    FYI, calc3 can be taken simultaneously with linear algebra. Most CCs number them in such a way that you think it's calc 1 => calc2 => calc3 = calc 4,but the fact is most schools don't offer calc4 and what you're thinking of as calc4 is actually linear algebra which can be taken immediately after calc2(in fact I could have taken it in HS easily without any calc background)

    also, for UCSD, UCI, UCD, and UCSB, you don't need to take EVERY class. I'm taking Math for economists and linear algebra this summer at UCI(math 4 economists is basically calc3 with some LA in it) to cover my requirements
  • iTransferiTransfer Posts: 857Registered User Member
    The thing I won't have space for anything beyond Calc III. And I won't be eligible to take that until the spring of my second year. I won't be able to take that AND linear algebra and/or that one other math course at my college(something differential equations, forgot the name, but it's a also a prereq for a business major at one of those UC's).

    Just take up to cal 2 and keep your GPA high. Cal 3 is required for UCSD and don't even bother taking cal 3 + la for UCI. Just take them after you transfer. You will get into both if your stats are good enough.
  • xelinkxelink Posts: 1,124Registered User Senior Member
    Agreed 100%
    I'm at UCI, and I will agree.

    I back doored into Quantitative Economics there. Took up to calc2, applied as econ and switched to quant econ. Taking Math4(math for economist) and Math 3a(linear algebra) this summer.

    if you're just doing regular Econ or Biz Econ, just skip Calc3 and at CC and take Math4 at UCI instead (you won't need math 3a FYI)
  • Mustufa92Mustufa92 Posts: 28Registered User New Member
    What are my chance of getting accepted at UCSB as an Econ/Accounting major?
    My UC GPA is 3.49. All courses outlined on assist.org will be completed prior to transferring. My pre-major requirement GPA is 3.41. Never got a grade lower than a "B" in all my classes. I've heard UCSB's econ/account department is very competitive and hard to get into. Also, with this standing I should be able to get into UCR easily right? And do I even have a chance at UCI?
    Thank you so much! I'm really nervous right now and seem to find it hard sleep at night. Can't let this situation go on till March.
    Thanks!
  • xelinkxelink Posts: 1,124Registered User Senior Member
    I will correct myself now that I know more about certain programs. Bus Econ doesn't require many accounting courses(UCI's only requires one and I beleive UCLA's is similar).

    Your major matters LESS than you think. Your GPA matters MORE than you think. So does the institution that you attended AND the internships/jobs you've done. I had 6 internships/jobs and that helped a lot. I'd suggest taking the easiest relevant major possible, inflating your GPA and focusing your efforts on one or two "extracurriculars" each quarter (job, internship or club). Average 1.5 ECs a quarter, and aim to have 4 or 5 different but GOOD things to have on your resume by the time you start your last year since companies hire during the fall. Be ready to hit the ground running because companies recruit for summer internships during the fall and winter for the upcoming summer (which MATTERS).


    A 3.5 GPA with all prereqs done should be fine for UCSB, UCI, UCD and UCSD. I'd expect you to get 3/4 of them.

    I would apply to UCSB as an Econ major and an alternative in something easy to get into. Same with UCD. For UCI apply as Bus Admin and Econ as the alternative. Econ at UCSD.
    This assumes that these colleges still view alternative choices. They did when I was applying. Someone correct me if that has changed.
  • Mustufa92Mustufa92 Posts: 28Registered User New Member
    @Xelink. I'm assuming your reply was towards my question right? If not I apologize.
  • Mustufa92Mustufa92 Posts: 28Registered User New Member
    @xelink. Since you attend UCI I believe you can answer my question. Do a lot of firms recruit accountants from your campus? How do you like bus/Econ/account/ program at uci? Thank you!
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