To declare a business major and have access to upper-division courses (3000 and above), you need to submit an application for Neeley admission.

Should you apply this semester?

  • Review the eligibility requirements below.
  • If you are eligible, you may submit an application through the portal. > Academic Progress > Neeley > Application

These steps are required to continue as a pre-business student beyond the first year

  • Come equipped with a PC laptop or notebook. More about our PC policy below.
  • Complete these required courses by the end of your first year (note none may be taken as pass/no credit): 
    • BUSI 10153
    • BUSI 10151
    • ENGL 10803
    • MATH 10283 or MATH 10524
    • ECON 10223
    • ECON 10233
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above. If you don’t meet the minimum 2.75 GPA at the end of your first year you cannot continue as pre-business and must select a major other than business. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above is required to declare your major in your second year.
  • Complete 24 credit hours by the end of your first year. 
  • Pass Microsoft Office certification tests for PowerPoint and Excel. More about Microsoft Certification below.   
  • Attend Academic Advising. Watch your TCU email for information about academic advising from the Neeley Academic Advising Center. 

How Will You Know You've Made It? 

Complete all the steps. We can't say this enough. Skipping even one step will disqualify you. 

These steps are required to be eligible to apply to the Neeley School of Business. 

  • Attend Academic Advising. Schedule your appointment with your Academic Advisor as soon as possible. You must be advised before you enrolling in classes for the next semester.
  • Complete the following required courses:  
    • ENGL 20803
    • INSC 20153  
    • INSC 20263  
    • ACCT 20353  
    • ENTR 20153 
  • Maintain an overall 3.0 TCU GPA; 2.75 for Lower-Division Requirements. 
  • Apply to the Neeley School here
  • Complete the following requirements after an application is submitted:
    • Neeley formatted résumé
    • In-person Interview
    • Virtual Interview

Neeley Fellows and BNSF Neeley Leadership students: Please follow advising information provided to you by your program.

Microsoft Office certification is required for all business majors to provide you with advanced skills employers want.  

You must pass PowerPoint and Excel in your first year by the published deadline to continue as a pre-business student beyond the first year. Excel is a prerequisite for INSC 20153.  

All students entering Summer/Fall 2022 must pass the PowerPoint Exam by November 30, 2022 and the Excel exam by March 22, 2023.

Testing Schedule/Registration 

  • Tests are offered on weekdays only. Prep classes are offered weekly. Sign up for either through your account at, Academic Progress, Neeley, Microsoft Test/Prep. Read the add/drop policy carefully. 
  • You must sign up once for each test. 
  • Each test takes approximately 50 minutes. 
  • You will receive your results immediately upon completing each test, along with a printed score report. 


  • $75.00 per test per attempt. 
  • $125.00 for each prep class. (If you fail the test after taking a prep class, you may retake the class at no charge within 30 days of your original class. Call 817-257-5220 to schedule your retake.)  
  • If you cannot make it to your test appointment, cancel at least 48 hours in advance by calling 817-257-5220. If you fail to cancel in time, you will be billed for the test.  


Scholarships are available to cover the costs of the prep classes. Call 817-257-5220 for more information. 

Special Accommodations 

You must provide documentation from a physician detailing the extent of your disability and requirements for accommodation. Learn more by calling 817-257-5220. 

Military Reimbursement 

Service members and veterans may be eligible for military reimbursement for Microsoft Office certification exam fees. Learn more by contacting VA Education Customer Service at 888-442-4551. 

Other Testing Centers 

If you want to take your exams outside of the TCU area, locate a testing center in your area. Contact the Neeley Academic Advising Center at 817-257-5220 for instruction on submitting your online Microsoft Office transcript. 

Application is accessible beginning Monday, December 19. Firm submission deadline is Friday, January 20 at 5:00 p.m.

In addition to the meeting the academic and Microsoft certification requirements, you will also complete the following action items listed below.

Action 1: Attend one of the Entering Neeley Information Sessions

Bring your laptop to this session.

Tuesday January 24 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m. NEEL 1520AB
Wednesday January 25 1:00-2:30 p.m. NEEL 1520AB
Friday January 27 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. NEEL 1201
Monday January 30 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. NEEL 1520AB
Tuesday January 31 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. NEEL 1520AB

Action 2: Résumé Drop-in Session - NEEL 2212

Wednesday, February 1 – Friday, February 3
Stop by the Professional Development Center when it is convenient for you and get feedback on your résumé.

Action 3: Professional Interviewing Small Group Session - NEEL 2212

Monday, February 6 – Wednesday, February 22
You will schedule a time for this during the information session.

Acton 4: Complete a Virtual Interview - Online

Wednesday, February 22 – Wednesday, March 22
Instructions will be provided to you.

You can download the dates for each of these action items by clicking here: Admissions Action Items PDF