Freshman Year: Connect & Explore

Welcome to the College of Business Administration and your first year in college! Use your freshman year to get a good start in the program. Make academics a priority, get involved and connect with the university.

The following activities should be completed by the end of the year:

Complete GENBA 101 Business Orientation with your Academic Advisor

Learn about:

  • Business curriculum and activities
  • Advising
  • Key college and university resources, policies and processes such as KSIS, DARS, important dates and deadlines and the enrollment process for spring semester
  • Create long range academic plan

Complete GENBA 110 Business Foundations

  • Required for all business majors
  • Topics include: Accounting, business creation, finance, information systems, management, marketing, and operations, ethics and responsible business citizenship
  • Work on projects in a team setting that demonstrates how core business areas are interrelated and the importance of creativity and innovation to business.
  • Get started developing a resume and other professional and extracurricular activities.

Explore majors, minors and other academic programs

  • Attend university Academic Major, Minor and other Programs Fair to learn more about academic opportunities and requirements.
  • Chose courses that will help you explore options.

Prepare a plan for completing the Business Administration curriculum

  • Meet with your academic advisor to begin creating an individualized and comprehensive plan for your program.
  • Use the Clear Path to Success Guide as a suggested framework for how to navigate your college career.
  • Talk to your academic advisor about how to explore interests, values and skills, majors and careers.
  • Review and make sure you understand business program grade point average (GPA) requirements, prerequisites and sequencing of courses.

Make academics a priority

  • Develop short term and long term goals that will provide direction, serve as your roadmap and help you be successful.
  • Balance your time between school, work and other activities. Make sure you don’t overcommit yourself!
  • Work hard and treat college as a full time job which includes studying for a minimum of 2 hours for every 1 hour in class.
  • Recognize your challenges and connect with the Academic Assistance Center and other university resources early and as needed.
  • Accept responsibility for your own performance and take ownership of your college education.

Participate in our Career Development program

Participate in workshops such as:

  • Dress for Success
  • Business Etiquette
  • Dining Etiquette
  • Speed Networking Event

Join a business, university or community club or organization

  • Build skills and gain experiences that will increase your marketability.
  • Get involved early to have sufficient time to advance from an active participant into leadership roles which will enhance your future internship and job opportunities.
  • Connect with other students, faculty, business professionals and community members to start building a network of contacts for future referrals and support.
  • Learn from students, faculty, business professionals and others about strategies for success in the program, internships, major and career opportunities.

Experience key college and university events

Such as Majors and Minors Fair, Professional Development Day, Career Fair and Study Abroad Fair

  • Attend key events early to start building your professional skills, learning about academic options and how to prepare for some of these events in later years.
  • To maximize the benefits of these events, attend them every year.

Obtain a part time job

  • Start building work experiences and your resume by finding a part time job.
  • If possible, seek job opportunities that will help you explore major and career goals.