UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School


Transfer students are an integral and vibrant part of the Carolina community. They bring a wealth of diversity and experience and enhance the overall experience for all students, faculty and staff.  

In the UNC Kenan-Flagler Undergraduate Business Program, we understand that transferring is a complex process and have outlined the below policies and guidelines to help transfer students make informed decisions and achieve as smooth a transition as possible. 

Application Process

Students applying to the business major as a sophomore transfer, or after one year at university, should apply directly to the College of Arts and Sciences as opposed to the direct admit process.  The admissions process is competitive, therefore, we recommend that students review admissions criteria and make the very most of the spring and summer months prior to application. 

Students applying to the business major as a junior transfer, or after two years of secondary study, should select the Business Administration program as part of their application to UNC (Common Application).  Applicants must meet the University’s requirements for admission in addition to the following business major requirements.


Prospective transfer students should plan to complete most, if not all, of the following business prerequisites prior to their first semester at UNC:

  • Calculus Based-Math (MATH 152 or MATH 231 or STOR 113)
  • Introduction to Statistics (STOR 155)
  • Introduction to Economics (ECON 101)
  • Financial Accounting (BUSI 102)
  • Intermediate Micro-Economics (ECON 410)*
    *ECON 410 is most commonly completed over the summer or in the fall semester prior to spring promotion. ECON 410 is not a required prerequisite for the business minor.

Admission is contingent upon the successful completion (with a grade of C or higher, not C-) of all business prerequisites, therefore, we discourage students from attempting to complete more than one prerequisite within their first semester if anticipating a spring start.  Our office conducts a prerequisite audit prior to each term to ensure that students have met the minimum grade requirement for all prerequisites before their official start in the business curriculum.

Transfers students have the option of taking an additional 9th or 10th semester at UNC. This may be necessary for you to complete the business prerequisites or the business major coursework.  You must have at least 3 full semesters at Kenan-Flagler to complete the business major.

Business Minor

If you are tight on time, and do not want to take an additional 9th or 10th semester at UNC, you may want to consider the undergraduate business minor over the undergraduate business major. Business minors receive all of the benefits as business majors (alumni network, access to our global program opportunities and career development initiatives, etc.), are highly sought after by recruiters and achieve the same employment placement rates as business majors.  The business minor application process occurs early in the fall semester. 

Transfer or Test/Placement Credit

All transfer credit is approved through UNC’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions, and if admitted, their office will provide students with a complete transfer credit report prior the enrollment deadline.  To best estimate eligibility in the meantime, prospective students should access the transfer equivalency tables that they provide, along with a careful review of the General Rules for Transfer Credit.  Unfortunately, cannot provide estimates or guarantees beyond what is provided there. 

Students may bring in test or placement credit for one or more of the business prerequisites.  Refer to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions placement credit table for additional details.


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