Admission to the Business School

Admission to the business school is required before pre-business and undecided majors can enroll in upper-level business courses. 

Admission occurs upon:

  • Successful completion of a spreadsheet competency test which is administered in the Intro. to Business Course (BUSA 120).

And one of the following:

  • Achieving an SAT (critical reading and math) score of 1210 or higher or an ACT (composite) score of 27 or higher.
  • Completing 42 ACU and/or transfer credit hours with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher.

Once admitted, if a student’s GPA drops below 2.5, the student will be reverted to preadmission status.  Students who revert to preadmission status must apply for readmission with their department chair.  Based on the chair’s evaluation of the student’s progress and potential to complete the major, the student may be readmitted to the College of Business Administration without condition, readmitted with condition, or not readmitted.

Students who have the preadmission designation, as well as students who are undecided, may repeat business courses within the college but may not progress to additional 300-level or higher business courses until the GPA requirement is met.

Other Requirements

The following policies apply to all students working toward a Bachelor of Business Administration:


  • Grades: A student must earn a grade of “C” or better in each business course
  • Repeating courses: No course offered by the college may be taken more than three times. A withdrawal or grade on a transcript is considered an attempt.
  • Transfer Credit: At least 50 percent of the credit hours in business must be completed at ACU.

For additional information on achieving and maintaining admission, consult an appropriate catalog or contact your academic advisor or the Associate Dean for the College of Business.

Honor Code

In joining COBA, students, faculty, and staff covenant to abide by the following ethical principles.


To lead and serve well requires competence. And to become competent requires diligence and hard work. We owe it to all who have prepared the way and who will follow in our footsteps, to be good stewards of opportunities and resources. Thus, in all you do: set priorities, seek excellence and professionalism in your work, satisfy requirements, and take responsibility for your learning and performance. You cannot build competence if you lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do.


A reputation of good character is built slowly through testing, yet can be destroyed in an instant by compromise or careless work, just as it can through injustice. Guard your character; it is worth more than a grade or promotion. “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold” (Proverbs 22:1). You cannot build character if you lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do.


A spirit of fellowship and mutual encouragement holds each community member accountable. Accountability leads to a healthy community through adequate preparations for the tasks at hand, respectful truthfulness in all situations, and adding value to the tasks at hand. As a community, we must hold each other accountable to the principles of competence, character, and community. You cannot build community if you lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do.

COBA supports ACU’s Academic Integrity Policy. This important policy offers examples of academic infractions and a process for assigning consequences and voicing appeals. Ignorance of this policy is never an excuse. Individual instructors will define course specific definitions, however, in general you should avoid:

  1. Plagiarism - Copying or even paraphrasing words or ideas from another source (including current or past students) without giving adequate credit.
  2. Lying - Inventing data or sources or making false attributions about the origin of material or offering a deceptive reason for an absence or delay in the completion of academic work.
  3. Cheating - Facilitating or participating in any process that circumvents the intent of any exam, test, quiz, paper, or assignment.

Any dishonest act observed or reported will be investigated and if proven, be reported in administrative offices and records, and may be subject to any or all of the following outcomes based on severity:

  1. A zero for the assigned work
  2. A failing grade for the course
  3. Dismissal from the university
Distinguished Speakers Series

We're excited to host Brett Biggs, executive vice president and chief financial officer for Walmart, as COBA’s Fall 2016 Distinguished Speaker.

Join us on October 25 for the Distinguished Speaker Series luncheon beginning at 11:45 am in the Hunter Welcome Center. To learn more about the event, click on this link. To purchase tickets, please click on this link. If you have questions about the event, please email M.C. Jennings at

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