Undergraduate Enrollment Plan 2020-2021

1. Incoming Freshmen – 1,100 admitted

Mays does not directly select new freshmen. All students must apply through the university’s Office of Admissions process. Select business (BUAD) as your first-choice major. Once you have been admitted to the university, you will be considered by University Admissions for entry into Mays on a first-come, first-served basis. The demand for Mays is much greater than the number actually admitted, so it is important to complete the application process early. If there is no space available in Mays when you are admitted to the university, you will be placed in your second-choice major. Please direct all inquiries to the Office of Admissions, not Mays.

2. Transfer Students from Other Universities and Colleges – 100 admitted

A limited number of transfers from other universities are admitted to Mays through the university’s Office of Admissions process.

  • Transfer applicants will be admitted on a competitive basis through a comprehensive application review process for summer or fall admission only.
  • Students are encouraged to plan early and consult with an admissions counselor. This admission process requires strict and comprehensive adherence by the applicant to Mays Business School’s Required Coursework. Students need to have credit for both required math courses before submitting an application.
  • Successful applicants must have completed required coursework at the time of application and have consistently excellent grades. Spring grades are not considered for summer or fall transfer admission decisions. Second-choice majors are not accepted.
  • Transfer applicants who accept transfer admission to a non-business major at Texas A&M will not be eligible to later apply for on-campus change-of-major to Mays.

3. On-Campus Change of Major (also called Change of Curriculum) – approximately 100 admitted

Currently enrolled students at Texas A&M may change their major to Mays on a limited basis. The requirements are specific and the number admitted is small.

Minimum Requirements:

Students may request change of major to Mays Business School by meeting the following requirements:

  • admitted to Texas A&M through the Freshman admission process, and
  • cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater in a minimum of 30 graded hours at Texas A&M, and
  • total college credit hours do not exceed 60 (including transfer credit), and
  • completion of qualifying course requirements with a GPA of 3.5 or greater (shown below).

Transfer applicants who accepted admission to a non-business major at Texas A&M will be considered for on-campus change-of-major to Mays by waiver only. (Note that prospective transfer applicants were instructed not to accept admission to a non-business major with the expectation of later requesting change of major to Mays.)

Qualifying course requirements:

A minimum of four of the following courses completed with a GPA of 3.5 or greater, and two of the four courses must be MATH 140 and MATH 142, or their equivalents.

If more than the four courses minimum are complete, grades in all courses complete will be included in the GPA calculation. If a course has been attempted more than once, the higher grade will be used in this calculation.

MATH 140* Business Mathematics I (or MATH 148#, 152* #, 168 or 172#)
MATH 142* Business Mathematics II – Calculus (or MATH 147#, 151* # or 171#)
ENGL 104* Composition and Rhetoric
COMM 203 Public Speaking (or COMM 205 or 243)
ACCT 229 Introductory Accounting – Financial
ACCT 230 Introductory Accounting – Managerial
ECON 202* Principles of Economics – Microeconomics
ECON 203* Principles of Economics – Macroeconomics
ISTM 210 Fundamentals of Information Systems
MGMT 211 Legal & Social Environment of Business

* Credit by exam accepted but no grade is awarded.
# Calculate specific course GPA using only 3 hours of any graded 4-hour course.

When to Apply:

A student planning for change of major to business must submit their request online via the Change of Major Requests channel on My Record tab (Howdy portal) by the 20th class day of the SEMESTER BEFORE their desired change of major term. Students who change major into business enter as lower-level Business (BUAD) majors. For all Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) majors, select lower level business which appears on the Change of Major Website as “Business Administration (BAC).”

At the time of request a student must either meet all minimum requirements for business change of major or their official Texas A&M academic record must show that they are enrolled in coursework for the current semester (i.e. in-progress) to meet the remaining minimum requirements. For students in the latter category, a decision on their change of major request will be deferred until after final grades have been reported for the in-progress coursework.

A student requesting change of major to business (BUAD) may receive a follow-up email from an academic advisor asking for more information. It is important for the student to closely monitor their TAMU email account, and when replying to correspondence always include their UIN.

Change of Major Effective:          Change of Major Request Period:

  • Spring 2021                                            August 19 – September 15, 2020
  • Summer 2021                                         January 7 – February 15, 2021
  • Fall 2021                                                 June 1 – June 28, 2021

Decision Notification:

Requests for change of major to business will be reviewed following the close of each request period. Applicants will receive a decision about their request via TAMU email. If accepted, the email will include orientation material, instructions on how to meet with an advisor to complete the change of major process and, if needed, how to adjust their registration for the effective change of major term.

When an applicant is enrolled in coursework to meet minimum requirements (i.e. in-progress) a decision on the request will be deferred until after the reporting of final grades for the in-progress coursework. Students will be notified of their request status within 5 business days after the reporting of final grades.

When minimum requirements for change of major are not met, the request will be reviewed according to the “Waiver for Exception to Minimum Requirements” process, outlined below.

Waiver for Exception to the Minimum Requirements:

Formerly known as “Appeal for Exception to the Minimum Requirements,” a student who does NOT meet the minimum change of major requirements (outlined above) may submit a request for waiver exception to change major. In the request, under the change of major requirements section, is a box for the student to write an essay stating reasons for wanting to change major.

Next, the student must check the “I don’t meet requirements” box, and then complete an explanation of why they are requesting the waiver. Included should be the reason(s) they believe Mays should grant a waiver, including past accomplishments, how the desired major would help with post-graduation goals, explanation of any extenuating circumstance believed to warrant consideration, and any other relevant information.

Applicants may receive a follow-up email from an academic advisor asking for more information. It is important that students monitor their TAMU email account closely, and when replying to a request for more information to always include their UIN.

Change of Major Effective*:        Change of Major Request Period:

  • Spring 2021                                            August 19 – September 15, 2020
  • Summer 2021                                         January 7 – February 15, 2021
  • Fall 2021                                                 June 1 – June 28, 2021

*must select “I don’t meet the requirements” box on the request

All waiver requests will be reviewed following the posting of final grades for the in-progress coursework at the time of request. Students will be notified of the waiver request decision before the first class day of the following semester.

Given the oversubscribed status of Mays Business School’s undergraduate program, approved requests for change of major are generally limited to students who meet all minimum requirements. Students should work with Transition Academic Programs well in advance of a waiver decision to form appropriate back-up plans to act on should their request for waiver be denied.

4. Readmission

Strict policies govern readmission of former Texas A&M students to this degree program.

  • A former Texas A&M University undergraduate who is no longer enrolled at Texas A&M University and whose last major at Texas A&M was not business will qualify for readmission only by meeting the minimum requirements for on-campus change-of-major (see above).
  • A former Texas A&M University undergraduate who left Texas A&M University in good standing for one or more long semester and whose last major at Texas A&M was business may apply for readmission to that same business major. The student must meet all Office of Admissions readmission requirements, including application deadlines and fee payment. If the applicant attempted any college-level coursework while away from Texas A&M University, transfer transcripts must be posted to the readmission applicant’s official Texas A&M University transcript and must reflect a minimum transfer GPA of 2.00.