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Apply to the SIUE School of Business

Summer and Fall 2019 - Applications will be accepted beginning January 23, 2019

Before you start the online application, be aware of the following: You will be providing basic contact and demographic information as well as an e-mail address at which we will contact you if we have any questions.  Please be sure you provide the information requested. 

You will complete the application which is accessed by the link below and you will also via e-mail submit your response to the following essay topic displayed below:

  • Your essay response must be typed in an MS Word Document.
  • Your essay response should be double spaced.
  • Save your document as YourLastName, YourFirstName.  For example, if your name were Rose Smith, your MS Word document would saved as:  “Smith, Rose”
  • Your name and student ID number should be in the upper left-hand corner of page 1 of your essay
  • You will be required to submit the essay to this e-mail address:

Essays are reviewed by two different faculty members from two different departments.  The following elements of your essay are evaluated:  writing style, mechanics, organization, and addressing the essay topic/questions.

Required Essay Topic for the Summer and Fall 2019 Application Period

In no more than 750 words, please respond to the following:

Mr. Rich N. Generous, a billionaire, began as a small business owner whose company has grown into a multi-billion-dollar operation.  Being committed to small businesses, he has set up a competition to help finance new entrepreneurs.  He will give up to $10 million each to several individuals to help them start and operate their dream business.  Your task is to write a proposal to Mr. Generous to request funds to open your new business.

Mr. Generous is very busy, so your proposal must be complete enough to convince him to support your business in no more than 750 words.  All proposals are required to address at least the following:

  • The nature of your business (including the mission statement and/or motto of your company);
  • Factors you will evaluate before starting your company and how you will begin that evaluation;
  • Your management philosophy regarding the internal and external operations (e.g. customers, vendors, and other external constituencies) of your company; and
  • How your company will differ from others in that industry? 

Tuition Differential – Undergraduate and Graduate Business Majors

If you started as a student at SIUE in Fall 2017 or any term after, please be aware of the following: Effective Fall 2017 and forward, students new to the University who declare a Business major will be charged an additional 15% on their tuition rate for each term they attend SIUE as a declared business major.  This includes all graduate and undergraduate major programs in the School of Business. 

Freshman Select

The Freshman Select program offers the opportunity for high-achieving freshmen to be directly admitted into the School of Business.

Apply for Scholarships

More than 450 scholarship opportunities are available to eligible SIUE students! For more information, and to search and apply for scholarships, please visit
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