Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

1.  What are the requirements for admission to the School of Business?  Answer: The admission requirements are different for first time, first year students and for transfer students.

A. First time freshmen: Students entering the College as Freshmen seeking to major in Accounting, Business Administration, or Economics are in a pre-major status.  To be admitted as full majors in one of the above programs, pre-majors must:

    1. Complete a minimum of two full-time academic semesters at the college and earn a minimum of 24 credit hours in course work at Geneseo.
    2. Earn a 2.85 cumulative GPA.
    3. Submit by May 1 or December 1 an Application Form (downloadable from the School website or available in South Hall 100) indicating their interest in enrolling.

B. Transfer students: Students admitted to the College as transfer students who have successfully completed coursework at another college and seeking to major in Accounting, Business Administration, or Economics should complete a separate School of Business application, due April 1 or November 1.  Transfer admission to the School of Business will generally be based on the following criteria.

    1. Students who have successfully completed, at the time of application, a minimum of 30 credit hours at another institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0 will be admitted as a School of Business major.
    2. Students who have successfully completed, at the time of application, less than 30 semester hours at another institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0 will be admitted as a School of Business Pre-major.  Transfer Pre-majors who enter Geneseo with a minimum of 30 transfer credit hours may apply for admission to the School of Business upon completion of at least 15 credit hours at Geneseo.  A minimum cumulative GPA at Geneseo of 2.85 is required.

2. How many credits may I transfer to Geneseo from other institutions?  Answer: Students may transfer up to 60 credit hours from a community college and up to 90 credit hours from a 4-year institution. 

3.  How will I know what courses will transfer to Geneseo?  Answer: Some transfer credits may not count towards your academic program or your general education requirements.  Students may verify courses by checking Geneseo's Transfer Equivalency Databank (Click here to view the Course Transfer Equivalency Data Bank).  If the course you want to transfer in is not listed in the databank, students may request the credit be counted by completing the College's Waiver/Exception form.

4.  How will I know if my courses have been transfered to Geneseo and been credited to me?  Answer: Once students are accepted to Geneseo they may check their student account in KnightWeb to verify what courses transferred in.  By accessing their "Degree Evaluation Report" a student can see what credits have been applied towards their degree.

5.  When is the application deadline for applying to the School of Business?  Answer: Application for all current students must complete the admission application before May 1, or December 1.  Applications are available in South Hall 100 or may be downloaded from the School of Business website (http://www.geneseo.edu/business/forms).

6.  I am a freshman and declared Business as my major; however, my student record indicates that I am only a pre-major.  Why?  Answer: Students will remain in a pre-major status until they meet the above admission requirements (stated above in item 1.b.2).  If you have met the requirements and your records still indicate you're a pre-major; contact the Assistant to the Dean or Secretary for the School of Business with your concerns.

7.  How many academic programs or majors are offered in the School of Business?  Answer: The School of Business offers three academic programs of study:

a.  Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Accounting: The Accounting major is a professional degree program.  The program provides a thorough understanding of modern accounting principles and procedures within the broader context of a quality undergraduate liberal arts education.

b.  Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Business Administration: The Business Administration major provides students with a thorough introduction to the major functional areas of business, which include a basic knowledge of the principles, tools and best practices of business management.  As a business administration major you will develop your critical thinking skills through a broad liberal arts core and become actively involved in decision-making areas of business through group presentations and research projects.

c.  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Economics: The Economics major is a general education degree program that combines the breadth, analytical  development, and flexibility of a liberal arts degree with a focus on the real world of economic activity.  the program provides a theoretical and quantitative foundation, as well as an historical perspective in economics.

8.  Does the School of Business offer a finance or marketing major?  Answer: Students interested in finance or marketing should major in Business Administration.  This major provides the breadth of knowledge needed for business success with opportunities to take a number of courses in marketing and finance.

9.  Is it possible to complete a business minor instead of a major?  If so how do I apply for a minor?  Answer: The School of Business offers two minors; Business Studies and Economics.

a. Business Studies: The Business Studies minor is designed to provide liberal arts majors with an exposure to the general concepts of the business arena.  Students wishing to declare the Business Studies minor must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0.  Students who wish to declare a Business Studies minor must do so prior to the completion of 85 credit hours.  Note: The Business Studies minor is not available to Accounting or Business Administration majors.  More information is available in South Hall 100 or at the School's website (http://www.geneseo.edu/require#Busminor).

b. Economics: The Economics minor includes six courses that introduce students to the field of economics.  Students wishing to declare the Economics minor must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0.  Students who wish to declare an Economics minor must do so prior to completion of 85 credit hours.  Note: The Economics minor is not available to Economics majors.  Additional information is available in South Hall 100 or at the School's website (http://www.geneseo.edu/business/require#Econminor)

10.  I am a current Geneseo student majoring in another field.  How do I change my major to Business Administration?  Answer: Current Geneseo students majoring in another area or who currently have not declared a major and would like to pursue a School of Business major, must apply to the School of Business.

Students with Freshmen or Sophmore standing may request a change of major to Pre-major status by completing a Change/Declaration of Major Form.  The completed form and the student's advisement folder should be submitted to the School of Business in South Hall 100.  Change of major requests are not processed during the pre-registration and drop/add periods.  Pre-majors must follow the application procedure described above and meet the GPA and credit hours earned requirements.

Students with Junior or Senior standing must apply to the School of Business by the December 1st or May 1st deadline.  Applications are reviewed after each semester and upper class applicants must meet the minimum 2.85 GPA requirement.

11.  How will I know what courses to take and when should I take them?  Answer: The School provides curriculum guide sheets (available in South Hall 100) that identify the suggested major sequence of courses.  It is strongly recommended students meet with their advisor with curriculum questions.

12.  Besides my general education and program requirements do I have to complete any other graduation requirements within the School of Business?  Answer: Yes, students must complete the related requirements on the right hand side of their curriculum guidesheet.  These include professional development experiences and a writing proficiency exam.

13.  If I major in Accounting, Business Administration or Economics, will I be able to study abroad?  Answer: Yes. The School encourages students to take advantage of the study abroad opportunities offered by SUNY Geneseo.  Students interested in studying abroad must meet with the study abroad office to complete the application process before meeting with the Assistant to the Dean for the School of Business to secure any appropriate approvals for courses that the student intends to apply to their degree program.  More information on studying abroad is available at the following website: http://www.geneseo.edu/foreign_languages/study-abroad.

14.  Are there internship opportunities available to students in the School of Business?  Answer: Absolutely!  The School of Business encourages its students to participate in the School's internship program.  More information is available from the following website: http://www.geneseo.edu/business/internship.  Questions concerning the Internship Program should be directed to Professor  Robert Boyd, Director of Internship Program (boyd@geneseo.edu).

15.  After I complete my Business Administration Degree, I plan on going for my MBA.  My professor suggested I consider a 4+1 program.  What is this and how does it work?  Answer: This program is available to School of Business majors who complete a prescribed set of courses at Geneseo in four years.  Following graduation from Geneseo, the qualified student may complete the M.B.A. in one additional year at SUNY Binghamton, Rochester Institute of Technology, Clarkson University, Union College, or Alfred University.  This program requires a precise curriculum beginning in the sophmore year.  Interested students may contact Dr. Avan Jassawalla.