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Applying to Selective Business Programs

Nate B.

Nate B.

"The Trott Business Program was extremely helpful in teaching me more about the careers and opportunities in business I found myself interested in early in my college career."

Eligibility

The Trott Business Program and Financial Markets Program applications are available in the Spring quarter to all 1st year students.  There is no academic major requirement; however, you must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to apply. Transfer students and students returning from a leave of absence may also be eligible to apply. For more information, please see the section on transfer students and leave of absence below.

Which One is Right for Me: the Trott Business Program or the Financial Markets Program?

The Trott Business Program focuses on business in general and will allow students to explore a range of opportunities including (but not limited to) consulting, investment banking, investment management, private equity, sales & trading, corporate and e-commerce, marketing, and advertising. The Financial Markets Program seeks to provide students interested in mathematical modeling, programming, and other quantitative topics with the tools and experience necessary to pursue a career in trading, financial modeling, or quantitative analysis.

Students may submit applications to both the Trott Business Program and the Financial Markets Program, but may only participate in one of the two.

Applying

Application materials for both the Trott Business Program and Financial Markets Program are submitted online via UChicago Handshake.  Application details will be communicated to all students in advance of the application period. 

The following materials will be required for a complete Trott Business Program application:

1. One-page resume

2. Application Questionnaire

3. Unofficial UChicago Transcript (A 3.0 GPA or higher is required to apply)

4. Written essay responses

5. Recorded video interview responses

The following materials will be required for a complete Financial Markets Program application:

1. One-page resume

2. Application Questionnaire

3. Unofficial UChicago Transcript (A 3.0 GPA or higher is required to apply)

4. Written essay responses

5. In-person interview

Transfer Students or Leave of Absence

If you completed your first year of college at a different institution or are returning from a leave of absence and will be a rising second year in the upcoming academic year, the application process and requirements are the same as those listed above. If you have any questions, or are not activated on UChicago Handshake, you may e-mail Nancy Schaller at nschaller@uchicago.edu.

Evaluations and Decisions

All decisions regarding admissions will be made prior to the start of classes for Autumn Quarter.

Trott Business Program and Financial Markets Program: Application and Interview FAQs

What will the interview cover?

This interview is a behavioral/fit interview. You can expect questions like “Tell me about yourself,” “Why are you interested in the program?”, “Why did you choose the University of Chicago?”, and “What do you enjoy about school?”

Will I be asked technical questions?

The Trott Business Program interview is a fit interview and will focus on behavioral-type questions.  Financial Markets Program candidates should expect some questions to evaluate their quantitative ability and understanding of financial markets.

How should I dress?

You should be dressed in business formal attire.

How will I be evaluated based on my resume?

We will be looking at the content of your resume to learn information about you and your interest and experiences. We expect your resume to be error-free, clear and understandable. If you have any questions or concerns about your resume, please meet with a Career Advancement adviser or check out the Career Advancement resume and interview toolkit.

What should I do if I still have questions or concerns?

E-mail Nancy Schaller at nschaller@uchicago.edu.