Our Direct Admission program provides an opportunity for high-achieving business-minded high school seniors to be admitted directly from high school into the Milgard School of Businessat the University of Washington Tacoma. See below for full details about this exciting and exclusive program. We look forward to welcoming our future business and nonprofit leaders to the Milgard School of Business!
High school seniors can be automatically considered for Direct Admission to Milgard School of Business by selecting one of the business majors (Accounting, General Business, Finance, Marketing, Management) as their first-choice major on the UW Tacoma freshman application.
Learn more about freshman admission to UW Tacoma here.
ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE AND PREREQUISITE REQUIREMENTS
Lower-Division Business Courses
During the first two years at UW Tacoma, students work on completing general education requirements as well as lower-division business courses.
TBGEN 111: Leadership Seminar
TACCT 210: Financial Accounting I
TACCT 220: Financial Accounting II
TACCT 230: Managerial Accounting
TMATH 110: Introductory Statistics with Applications
TBGEN 218: Business Law
TBECON 220 or TECON 200: Introduction to Microeconomics
TBECON 221 or TECON 201: Introduction to Macroeconomics
Upper-Division Business Courses
Milgard Direct Admission students must meet the following requirements before declaring a formal option in business:
A cumulative GPA of at least a 2.75 in all college coursework.
A cumulative GPA of at least a 2.75 in business prerequisites: accounting, business law, economics, and statistics.
Business prerequisites and English Composition may not be taken P/F or S/NS. The minimum acceptable grade in these prerequisites is 2.0.
All business students have to complete:
35 credits of upper-division business core courses
30-35 credits upper-division business courses
180 credits (minimum) to graduate with a BABA degree.
A 1.7 minimum grade in all upper-division business coursework.
A 2.0 minimum cumulative GPA in all upper-division business courses.
In order to maintain eligibility for the Milgard Direct Admission program, admitted students must make progress toward the business degree.
Direct Admission students must show satisfactory academic performance each quarter to continue in the program. Students dropping below a 2.5 cumulative GPA may be dismissed from the Direct Admission program.
Direct Admission students who reach 105 credits and are not yet ready to declare a business option due to lack of prerequisite completion or low GPA may be dismissed from the Direct Admission program.
Students who are dismissed from the Direct Admission program will be coded as pre-major and must apply to the Milgard School of Business if they still want to pursue a business degree.
Newly admitted Direct Admission students may be awarded a Milgard scholarship. This scholarship is applied toward UW Tacoma tuition and fees only and will be paid in six equal installments in the autumn, winter, and spring quarters of the student’s first two academic years at UW Tacoma. To receive the scholarship, Direct Admission students must enroll full-time each award quarter, with a minimum of 12 credits. Students who switch to a different major or are dropped from the Direct Admission program due to academic performance will forfeit their scholarship. At the end of their first academic year, they must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 to maintain the scholarship for the following academic year. At the conclusion of this 2-year scholarship period, students may apply for Milgard scholarships that are competitive and open to all Milgard students.