Freshman Direct

Freshman Direct Admissions

Experience the difference that a Milgard School of Business education can make in your future! The Milgard School offers a world-class education that is tailored to the work force in this region and beyond.

Our Freshman Direct Admissions program is an opportunity for stellar freshman applicants to be admitted directly from high school in to the business program at the University of Washington Tacoma. We look forward to welcoming our future business and non-profit leaders!

Milgard Freshman Direct admits will:

» Pursue Business Administration as a major, selecting one of six ‘options’ to tailor your degree to your interests and goals

» Engage with a cohort of business-minded students, while fulfilling General Education Requirements and remaining integrated in our unique, interdisciplinary Freshman Core (Learn more about the Core)

» Qualify for Freshman Direct-only scholarships

» Strengthen our community and earn real-world experience by participating in group service learning projects

» Receive personalized, one-on-one support and guidance

» Take advantage of fun opportunities to attend sports and cultural events as a group

» And much more!

Application Info

By selecting a Business option as your first-choice major on your UW Tacoma application, you will automatically be considered for Freshman Direct. Learn more about freshman admissions to UW Tacoma.

Admission is competitive, and space is limited. If you aren’t admitted as a freshman, you can apply to Milgard at the end of your sophomore year. This will give you time to take the prerequisite classes that are required for admission as a junior.

Students who enter the program through Freshman Direct should take general electives and lower-division business courses before they can move on to upper-division business courses.

Lower-Division Business Courses
During your first two years at UW Tacoma, you will work on completing your lower-division business courses. These courses should be completed before you take upper-division business courses, and must be completed before you can declare a formal option. 

Lower Division Courses

  • TBGEN 111: Leadership Seminar
  • TACCT 210: Financial Accounting I
  • TACCT 220: Financial Accounting II
  • TACCT 230: Managerial Accounting
  • TBGEN 200: Introduction to Statistics in Business or TMATH 110: Introductory Statistics with Applications
  • TBGEN 218: Business Law
  • TBECON 220: Introduction to Microeconomics (Previously named TFIN 220)
  • TBECON 221: Introduction to Macroeconomics (Previously named TFIN 221)
  • TMATH 122 or 124: Calculus
  • English Composition

Upper-Division Business Courses
Registration restrictions limit many upper-division business courses, so Freshman Direct admits may not be able to register for these courses until all lower-division business have been completed .


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