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School of Business Administration

Elliott Hall, Room 427
275 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
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School of Business Administration

Elliott Hall, Room 427
275 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)

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Business Honors Direct Admit

Preparing for a brilliant future

Talented students benefit from an educational experience that matches their academic preparations and aspirations. Direct admission to Oakland’s School of Business through its Business Honors program assists high-achieving high school and transfer students excel in their endeavors. The only standalone Business Honors program at a Michigan university, the Oakland Business Honors program offers students a close-knit community inside the business school. Each cohort takes customized classes in special sections open only to them, engage in a host of unique experiences, and prepare for a brilliant future.

Business Honors Direct Admit students:
  • Are immersed in a highly interactive, stimulating program offering rigorous academics;
  • Access enhanced student support services;
  • Take part in international experiences;
  • Build strong leadership skills through required experiential learning activities;
  • Represent Oakland in national and international competitions;
  • Form a strong network with peers and members of the professional community that will serve them well in their careers.

Admission to Oakland’s Business Honors Direct Admit Program is limited to exceptional students who are chosen on a competitive basis. Prospective students must apply by completing a separate application.

Want to learn more? Register for an Information Session.

Contact Meaghan Cole for more information: mcwalter@oakland.edu

Freshmen Highlights

Direct admission into Oakland’s business school puts motivated, high-achieving high school students on the fast-track to success. After being admitted, the Business Honors Direct Admit program also provides:

  • Opportunity for students to declare a major by the end of the freshman year
  • A structure designed to graduate students in four years
  • Pre-core and core courses taken as a cohort in special Honors sections
  • Unique experiential learning activities
  • International experiences
  • Customized Freshman and Senior Seminars

Freshmen Business Honors students who live on campus may further enhance their educational and residential experience by applying to live in the Honors College Living Learning Community in Oak View Hall or on the Business Special Interest Floor in Hamlin Hall. Space is limited in both halls, so be sure to apply as soon as you are admitted to Oakland University.  

Transfer Highlights

Admission into the highly selective Business Honors Program keeps motivated, high-achieving transfer students on the fast-track to success. After being admitted, the Business Honors Direct Admit program also provides:

  • Opportunity for students to declare a major by the end of their first semester
  • Pre-core and core courses taken as a cohort in special Honors sections
  • Unique experiential learning activities
  • International experiences
  • Customized Learning Seminars
  • Mentorship opportunity with seasoned BHP students
  • Dedicated internship coordinator
INFORMATION SESSION

Want to learn more? Attend an information session to learn about the engaging curriculum and experiences available for students in the Business Honors Direct Admit program.

5/6/22 - Business Honors Direct Admission - In-person Information Session

6/3/22 - Business Honors Direct Admission - In-person Information Session

Want to learn more? Contact Meaghan Cole for more information: mcwalter@oakland.edu

How to Apply

Admission Requirements
Enrollment in the Business Honors Direct Admit Program is limited.

Freshmen
To be considered, incoming freshmen must have:

  • High school GPA of 3.5 or greater following junior year
  • A combined SAT score of 1280 or higher or an ACT composite score of 27 or higher
  • A score of 660 or higher on the Mathematics section of the SAT or a score of 620 or higher on the Evidence-based Reading and Writing section; or an ACT Math score of 28 or higher or an ACT English score of 28 or higher

Transfer
To be considered, incoming transfer students must:

  • Meet the criteria listed above for freshmen, and
  • Be in good standing at their transfer institution

Application
To be considered for direct admission into the Business Honors Program prospective students must:

  • First apply to and be accepted by Oakland University at oakland.edu/apply
  • Complete a Business Honors Program Supplemental Application

Apply Now to the Business Honors Program

Admission to Oakland’s Business Honors Program is limited to exceptional students who are chosen on a competitive basis. Completion of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance to the School of Business Administration as a direct admission student.

Acceptance in the program is decided on a rolling basis.

Curriculum

Taught by some of our most dedicated faculty members, courses in the Business Honors Direct Admit Program feature:

  • Experiential, problem-solving activities (flipped classroom model)
  • Cased-based learning integrated across courses
  • Simulation-based capstone experience
Experiential Learning Activity

Business Honors Direct Admit students must participate in at least one experiential learning activity. That can include completing an internship, participating in Business Scholars, taking the Student Managed Investment Fund course (FIN 4900), or traveling internationally.

Additionally, Business Honors students are required to participate in four events each semester, one in each category. Events change each year and could include:

Career Focus
Career Prep Session
Career Talk
Internship U

Cohort Focus
Professionalism
Perfectionism and Growth Mindset
Stress Management
Goal-Setting
Diversity in the Workforce
Adulting 101

Engagement Focus
Mix and Mingle
OU Basketball Game
Study Fest

Service Focus
MLK Day of Service
Gleaners Stamp Out Hunger

International Experience
Business Honors Direct Admit students can fulfill the mandatory international experience requirement by taking a foreign language class or international business elective, participating in a study abroad program, or by taking a business course that includes an international trip. Scholarships are often made available to help business students offset the cost of an international trip.
Freshman Seminar
This seminar incorporates the professional and career development objectives of our recognized ACHIEVE program with elements designed especially for our exceptional Business Honors students. In addition to an introduction to choosing a career and major, money management, networking and student orgs, Business Honors students also review and discuss major issues facing businesses and the economy, take field trips to experience business in action, hear from guest speakers and review summer reading assignments.
Senior Experience
To graduate from the Business Honors Direct Admit program, students must demonstrate in a paper how the academic and experiential programs in the Honors Program combined with their major coursework to prepare them for a successful professional career. Students must also complete a portfolio that includes a professional resume, experiences in experiential programs, Honors leadership experiences, community service activities, job shadowing, and internship experience.
Business Honors Direct Admit Courses
Business Honors Direct Admit students take business pre-core and core courses as a cohort in special Honors sections.

ACC 2000H Introductory Financial Accounting

ACC 2100H Managerial and Cost Accounting

ECN 2010H Principles of Microeconomics

ECN 2020H Principles of Macroeconomics

ECN 3030H Managerial Economics

FIN 3220H Managerial Finance

MGT 3500H Legal Environment of Business

MGT 4350H Management Strategies and Policies

MIS 1000H Business Problem Solving with Information Technology

MIS 3000H Management Information Systems

MKT 3020H Marketing

ORG 3300H Introduction to Organization Behavior

ORG 3310H Introduction to the Management of Human Resources

POM 3430H Operations Management

QMM 2400H Statistical Methods for Business I

QMM 2410H Statistical Methods for Business II

Meet BHP Students

Fall Cohorts
Meet a few members of Oakland's Business Honors cohorts. These motivated students joined the OU Business School as freshmen through the Business Honors Direct Admit program. Now they are flourishing in an academic climate where examining topics, asking questions, challenging assumptions and expanding their horizons is encouraged and expected. Here's what they  have to say about their experience.

Fall 2021 Cohort
Business Honors Students Fall 2021
BHP AishaAisha

Major: Exploring

Why Oakland?
I chose Oakland University because it is close to home and the Business Honors Program offered smaller class sizes and a more hands-on college experience.

Most interesting part of Business Honors Program?
The cohort set up and having members who have already gone through the program to guide us.
BHP BrinkleyBrinkley

Major: Marketing

Why the OU Business Honors Program?
OU is a great university that is close to home. I love all the special opportunities the BHP offers me.
BHB IsabelIsabel

Major: Economics

Why the OU and the Business Honors Program?
Scholarships brought me to OU. The cohort style and small class size led me to the Business Honors Program.

Involvement:
Intramural volleyball, Younglife, Collective, Business Honors
BHP KennedyKennedy

Major: Human Resources Management

Why the OU Business Honors Program?
The cohort structure and the way the classes are organized throughout the year is an interesting aspect. It also offers people and resources when you have questions. I also read about the many ways it encourages leading in the business field.

Involvement:
Society for Human Resources Management, Women in Business, Business Honors
BHP RyanRyan

Major: Exploring

What is most interesting about the Business Honors Program?
I have already learned a lot about networking and have been able to apply some the skills learned in class to my life. The BHP seemed like a great way to meet new people with similar interests, and it allows me to take classes very well suited to my major sooner.
BHP ShiraShira

Major: Accounting

Why OU?
I chose OU because of the welcoming atmosphere. There is always somewhere to go to get academic help. The business program was also a factor.

Involvement:
Business Honors, Honors College, Center for Multicultural Initiatives
BHP ZacZac

Major: Finance

Why OU?
I love the campus and it offered a lot of great opportunities.

Why the Business Honors Program?
It’s a great program with unique, hands-on business experience. Plus, smaller classroom environment and learning with same classmates together.
Fall 2020 Cohort
Business Honors Students Fall 2020
CalebCaleb

Major: Business Economics

Why Oakland’s Business Honors Direct Admit Program?
I chose Oakland’s Business Honors Program because it seemed similar to the rigorous, cohort-based International Baccalaureate program I was part of in high school. I felt the familiarity would make an easier transition to college. On top of that, I was also very interested in pursuing business. The Business Honors Program presents a great way to explore my interests.
EliEli

Major: Human Resource Management

Why Oakland University?
Oakland University has always been very welcoming. Every time the representatives visited my high school they were always helpful and lovely. My friends and past teachers all gave Oakland University a thumbs up! The programs are awesome.

Why Oakland’s Business Honors Direct Admit Program?
Oakland’s Business Honors Program has given many opportunities that I otherwise would have missed out on. I really enjoy my peers and getting to know them. Being able to talk with others in the same situation as I am is a good feeling.
Hannah T OU Business Honors Student 2020 cohortHannah

Major: Operations Management with Project Management specialization
Minor: Writing

Why Oakland University?
Once I learned about the perks of the Business Honors Program at Oakland University and toured the campus, I knew it was the place for me. The small, personalized classes of the BHP combined with the culture of the campus felt right.

Most interesting aspect of Oakland University’s Business Honors Direct Admit Program?
I like the small cohort group because I will get to know everyone in the BHP classes for the next several years. It is nice to know we are all there to help each other succeed.
Maris OU Business Honors Student 2020 cohortMaris

Major: Human Resource Management
Minor: Sociology

Why Oakland University’s Business Honors Direct Admit Program?
I chose to be part of Oakland’s Business Honors Program to build relationships with my peers and challenge myself. I love the sense of community within our cohort. The BHP made the transition to college infinitely easier because I already had a group of people who I knew had my back.
Mitchell Mitchell

Major: Marketing
Minor: Entrepreneurship

Why Oakland University?
I chose Oakland University because it is one of, if not the only, university that has a Business Honors Program. This program allows us to focus on all things business as well as commit to a major early in our college experience.

Most interesting aspect of Oakland University’s Business Honors Direct Admit Program?
Being a member of a cohort of individuals who are all centered on business and have classes together is an interesting component of the program. The cohort allows us to make friends early and keep the friendships going through our four years. The cohort aspect is not something you can get from regular college life, with regular classes.
SamanthaSamantha

Major: Business Economics
Minor: Finance

Why Oakland University?
I chose Oakland University because of the community of students and the support I received during the application and admissions process. I applied to the Business Honors Program because I wanted to be challenged and pushed outside of my comfort zone in a positive environment.

Most interesting aspect of Oakland University’s Business Honors Direct Admit Program?
The freshman seminar is most interesting because it gave me the chance to meet the members of my cohort, learn a lot of important skills and discover opportunities at Oakland University.
SukhmanSukhman

Major: General Management
Minor: Entrepreneurship

Why Oakland University?
Oakland University offers the combination of opportunities and affordability.

Why Oakland’s Business Honors Direct Admit Program?
I chose OU’s Business Honors Program to help me meet new people, explore potential career paths and expand my social branch.
Fall 2019 Cohort
Business Honors Students Fall 2019
A head shot of Julia Cieplucha, business honors studentJulia

Major: Finance and Accounting

Why Oakland’s Business Honors Direct Admit Program?
OU gave me the best opportunities in terms of the programs it offers. From as early as the first semester in the Business Honors Program, I am immersed in the world of business and can take classes that I would have to wait years to take at other universities. As a member of the OU BHP, I am part of a small, talented group that allows me to receive individualized help and attention.

What has impressed you about the Business Honors Program?
The individual attention I received before I even started classes. Before starting my first classes, I already had multiple meetings with advisors who helped me create a resume, career path and goals for my career at OU. I feel as though if I ever have a question or concern someone will be there to help.
A head shot of Lauren Goralczyk, business honors studentLauren

Major: Management Information Systems with Business Analytics specialization

Why the OU Business Honors Direct Admit Program?
The Business Honors Program feels very personal. We have the chance to know each one of our peers and we act as a great support system to one another. The BHP leadership also makes us feel there is a clear path to success for each of us. This program gives us the peace of mind that there are plenty of resources to support us for the next four years.

What has impressed you about Oakland University?
I am impressed by how eager the faculty are to help students. The professors highly encourage communication through email and office hours. There are plenty of resources to help students be successful, including the Tutoring and Writing Centers. The university is oriented towards making each student feel supported.
A head shot of John Atkinson, business honors studentJohn

Major: Finance with Wealth Management specialization

Why business?
I first became interested in a business major in my junior year of high school when I took microeconomics. The class was exciting and it interested me much more than my other classes. I looked forward to going to that class every single day. Even though the class was challenging, I persevered and tried my best to understand the concepts rather than just memorizing formulas.

How do you believe the OU Business Honors Direct Admit Program will support your career plans?
The Oakland Business Honors program will help me to realize my plans for the future because it will provide me with a lot of experiences, like job fairs, deeper academic instruction and networking skills to really prepare me for having a career in business.
A head shot of Rachel Clark, business honors studentRachel

Major: Accounting

What has impressed you about OU?
I am impressed by how supportive, approachable and knowledgeable my professors are. After just a few classes, my professors knew my name and were invested in my success as demonstrated by their willingness to answer questions to ensure my understanding of the material being presented.

Why Oakland’s Business Honors Direct Admit Program?
The part of the Business Honors Program that I find valuable is the small class sizes where a connection can be made between classmates and professors. Because my cohort is comprised of high-achieving students, I am part of thought-provoking class discussions and group projects.
A head shot of Lucas Wertenberger, business honors studentLucas

Major: Operations Management with Project Management specialization

What has impressed you about Oakland University?
I am impressed by how the Business Honors Program makes Oakland University feel like a small college.

Why Oakland’s Business Honors Direct Admit Program?
I’m excited about the opportunity to collaborate with students in class and on projects. I would like to own my own business and I believe OU’s Business Honors Program will give me skills I need to make a career for myself.
FAQ

Can I be part of the Oakland Honors College as well as the Business Honors program?
Absolutely. The Honors College and the Business Honors Direct Admit program are complementary. All Honors College core courses satisfy the general education requirements of Oakland University and some core courses may also satisfy the ethnic diversity and writing in the Gen Ed requirement. Students in the Honors College work toward completing the HC requirements in conjunction with their major.

What is an example of a required experiential learning activity?
The Oakland business school offers students many opportunities to take part in experiential learning activities. Many of our high-achieving students take advantage of more than one. Options include: completing an internship, participating in Business Scholars, taking the Student Managed Investment Fund course (FIN 4900), and an international trip.

I can’t afford to travel, how can I meet the mandatory international experience?
While traveling internationally is a tremendous experience that students say it can’t be beat, it isn’t the only way to fulfill this requirement. Business Honors students can fulfill the international experience requirement by taking a foreign language class or international business elective. Keep in mind scholarships are often made available to help business students offset the cost of an international trip.

I want to live on campus. Can I extend my Honors experience in the residence halls?
There are a couple options for Honors students living on campus. Those students accepted into the Honors College and who meet other criteria can apply for a spot in the Honors College Living Learning Community in Oak View Hall. Business Honors students also have the option of applying to live on the Business Special Interest Floor in Hamlin Hall. Space is limited in both halls, so be sure to apply as soon as you are admitted to Oakland University.

Can I apply to the direct admit Business Honors program if I am not a freshman or transfer student?
You can only apply and be admitted to the Business Honors program as an incoming freshman or as a transfer student in good standing at your transfer institution.