Undergraduate advising

Connect with a School of Business academic advisor to navigate course requirements, seek program guidance and be supported in your educational goals.

We recommend meeting with your advisor at least once per semester to check in on your progress and plan your classes for the following semester. 

If you’re a current student interested in changing your major to business, register for a change of major information session.

Make an appointment

To schedule an advising appointment, log in to our online portal with your VCU eID and password. Click on “Make an advising appointment” to find a time to meet with your advisor. Be sure to provide your phone number and indicate the reason for your appointment. General business minors should call the office rather than using the portal.

You can also make an appointment by calling (804) 828-3710 or stopping by the advising office located in Room B1100 in Snead Hall. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Use our Advising prep worksheet to get ready for your appointment.

Business major requirements

Students are admitted into the Business Foundation Program. As you approach your junior year, you will work with your advisor to take the steps necessary to declare your major of choice. To qualify, you’re required to have a 2.5 minimum GPA, 54 earned credits and have completed the following courses:

  • ACCT 203 and 204 Introduction to Accounting I and II
  • BUSN 201 Business Foundations
  • BUSN 225 Winning Presentations
  • ECON 210 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 211 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • INFO 160, 161, 162 and another 16X course (or passing KET scores)
  • SCMA 212 Differential Calculus & Applications for Business (or Math 200)
  • UNIV 111-112 Focused Inquiry I and II
  • UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument

You must complete the above requirements at the end of the semester in which you attempt at least your 60th credit hour. See bulletin for complete details.

If you are a transfer student (sophomore or above) or changed your major to business foundation with more than 30 credits, then you must apply to a business major in the minimum number of semesters needed to meet the remaining requirements. See bulletin for complete details.

Once your major is officially declared, you may register for 300-400 level courses without an override from your advisor. 

If you have not completed the requirements to declare your major on time, you can appeal for a deadline extension.

If you miss the deadline and aren’t granted an extension, you’ll be required to seek a major outside of the School of Business. At this point, you will have most likely completed a general business minor.

If you need help deciding on a new major, contact University Academic Advising. You can also look into VCU’s Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies, an individualized program that allows you to create a unique curricular pathway toward the BIS degree.