Admissions Criteria

The mission of the Haas School of Business is to develop leaders who redefine how we do business. While most applicants offer promise for academic success, the admissions committee selects individuals who also demonstrate excellence in non-academic performance. Therefore, the goal of the admissions review process is not only to evaluate an applicant's ability to handle the academic rigor, but also to identify those who demonstrate a solid fit with our program. The Haas Undergraduate Program has a distinct culture and we seek applicants who represent the School's Four Defining Principles: Question the Status Quo, Confidence without
Attitude, Students Always, and Beyond Yourself.

Successful candidates exhibit:

  • Academic achievement and promise (including grades, course load, consistency of academic performance, and performance in key prerequisites, such as principles of business, math, economics, and statistics)
  • Accomplishments in extracurricular activities
  • Personal attributes and life experience suggesting leadership, maturity, ethical character, teamwork, and goal orientation
  • Communication and analytical skills, as demonstrated by responses to the essay questions

All applicants must satisfy the minimum eligibility requirements, including:

First Person

Kevin Chiu, BS 08

Kevin Chiu
BS 08

President, Haas Business School Association (HBSA)

"Applying to Haas was one of the best decisions I made while at Cal."