Student FAQ's

Richards College Student FAQs

1. What sets Richards College apart?

In addition to enjoying all of the benefits of being part of the UWG community (Go West!), there are several things that make Richards College special. Check out ten of the top reasons Richards College is the place for you.

2. What can I do with a business degree?

What can’t you do?! An undergraduate business degree can prepare you to work in a company that specializes in your field of study, like an accounting, finance, or marketing firm. It also prepares you to fill a functional role in a business discipline, in most any company, public agency, or non-profit organization, in any industry. Additionally, a business degree provides an important educational foundation if you are considering starting your own business. The possibilities really are endless!

A graduate business degree is a “door opener” that can help you achieve your personal career goals. If you previously studied business or are working in a business discipline, a graduate program is an opportunity to further develop your expertise. If your specialization is outside of the scope of business, the knowledge of business principles and processes gained through a graduate business program is a perfect complement to your skill set. In either case, a graduate business degree is specifically preparing prepares you to take on a managerial or leadership role.

3. What is AACSB-Accreditation and why is it important?

As the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide, AACSB-accreditation is a clear indicator of the quality education and commitment to continuous improvement that you can expect from Richards College. It’s especially important to you because it conveys the quality of your undergraduate or graduate business degree to future employers.

4. What degrees/programs are offered by Richards College?

Through Richards College, you can earn one of nine undergraduate degrees in the disciplines of Accounting, Business Education, Economics, Finance, International Economic Affairs, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, or Real Estate. In addition to two MBA programs, Richards College offers graduate degrees  in the areas Accounting and Business Education.

5. What’s it like being a business student?

Richards College students work hard both independently and collaboratively to learn and apply the principles of business. In addition to your own study efforts, you can expect to take part in interesting (and fun!) team projects, often for local businesses.

To develop a comprehensive business education, Richards College students take important foundational courses, in addition to courses in their chosen major. This framework promotes an understanding of the interconnectedness of business functions and challenges students to build cross-functional expertise.

Furthermore, studying business opens your eyes to the world around you by providing context for the decisions and action taken by companies, governments, and non-profit organizations.

6. Are there opportunities for double majoring or declaring a business minor?

Yes. Students may choose multiple majors and/or minors from within the Richards College and from other colleges at the University. Special Certificate Programs are also available. Specific requirements are available in the Undergraduate Catalog.

7. Can I take courses online? Are courses offered in more than one location?

Yes. The entire UWG undergraduate core curriculum (Areas A through E) can be completed online through eCore. Business Core F and junior core courses are offered at least once per year online, and many upper division courses in various majors are offered in an online format. Undergraduate core courses and business Core F courses are also offered at the Newnan, GA site. In addition to an exclusively online format offered through the Georgia WebMBA program, MBA courses are delivered in Carrollton, Douglasville, or Newnan, GA.

8. What activities and opportunities are available to me at Richards College?

From degree-specific clubs and student organizations to internships and study abroad programs, Richards College offers numerous ways to get involved while gaining important skills and experience. Check out this comprehensive list of activities and opportunities.

9. What kind of financial aid or scholarships are available to me if I choose Richards College?

In addition to the scholarships offered by UWG, Richards College offers numerous departmental, general business, and study abroad scholarships. You can also find more information about financial aid here.

10. How do I declare a business major as an undergrad?

Students specify their area of study when they apply, or they may change their major to business by contacting a Richards College advisor in the Undergraduate Programs Office, Room 1208 of the Richards College Building. (See also the Policy for Major Status.)

11. How do I apply to the graduate program at Richards College?

Applying into the Richards College of Business Graduate programs is based on reviewing the following Admission Application:

  • Complete the online application at: https://app.applyyourself.com/AYApplicantLogin/ApplicantConnectLogin.asp?id=westga-g
  • All applicants must pay the $30.00 application fee.
  • Submit all official undergraduate transcripts/ or graduate transcripts to:
    Office of Admissions
    University of West Georgia
    Mandeville Hall - Front Campus Drive
    Carrollton, GA 30118
  • Submit official GMAT scores. More information on the GMAT can be obtained by clicking http://www.mba.com/mba/TaketheGMAT  . Use the institution code #5900 for the University of West Georgia for the GMAT.
  • Submit the following items to the Richards College of Business Graduate Office:
    • Three letters of recommendation (Professional or Academic)
    • Statement of Purpose
    • Current Resume
  • These documents can be emailed to hudombon@westga.edu or mailed to:
    Richards College Graduate Business Office
    University of West Georgia
    Carrollton, Georgia 30118- 4410
  • Certificate of immunization forms should be sent directly to the University of West Georgia Department of Health Services.
  • WebMBA applicants are not required to submit certificate of immunization forms.
  • If you are an international student, please access MBA International Admission Information for international Admission information on how to apply and what documents to submit.

12. Do I need to take the GMAT or GRE for admission into one of the graduate programs?

The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is our listed standard and expectation for Business School applicants at the Richards College of Business.

The submission of a Graduate Records Examination (GRE) would be considered, but a GRE comparison tool would be used to create an equable GMAT total score.

13. What are Richards College graduates doing now?

Richards College graduates can be found all over the world in a variety of organizations and positions. Our graduate program alumni have progressed in their careers to hold positions such as: President, Executive Vice President, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Professor, and Dean, among others. Alumni also hold positions at a variety of companies: local, national and international.

14. What kind of support does Richards College offer when I’m looking for a job?

To ensure you are developing the knowledge and skills to support your professional goals, Richards College faculty and staff are always available to discuss career options and opportunities. In addition, support and events are offered in conjunction with UWG’s Career Services, including specially hosted recruiting and career events for business students. Follow the Richards College event calendar  or check in with your advisor to find out more.

15. Are there opportunities to interact one-on-one with faculty?

In addition to their “real world” expertise, Richards College faculty members are known for their approachability and commitment to student development. Richards College's small class sizes allow for high student-faculty interaction and discussion. After class, students can seek advice from faculty during their office hours, as well as email them with questions. Richards College faculty members oversee student organizations and clubs and join students on trips to study abroad. Students can also collaborate with faculty on research projects and other academic activities.

16. How do I register for classes?

Each semester, every student is required to meet with an academic advisor, prior to registration, to go over the courses he/she should take for the next semester to stay on track. After advising, students register themselves online in the Banner Student Information System. Detailed information is available on the Richards College Advising pages.

17. How do I get into a class that’s full?

All overloads into full classes must be approved by the appropriate chair of the department in which the course is offered. Typically, students make their requests in writing in the department office and are notified by the department if the request is approved.

18. How do I obtain Transient Status permission to attend classes at another institution in the summer (or any other semester)?

Contact your advisor and complete a Request for Transient Permission form. The form and complete instructions can be found at the following link on the Registrar’s webpage: http://www.westga.edu/assetsDept/registrar/Undergraduate_Transient_Status_Permission_Form_-_Revised_Feb_2012_-_international(2).pdf  

19. When is my final exam? Where do I find a schedule for exam days and times?

Exam schedules are posted in the online “Scoop” on the Registrar’s webpage at http://www.westga.edu/registrar/index_15571.php. Select the term, and the Exam Schedule link is under “Calendars.”

20. How do I determine who my advisor is?

Each department has a dedicated advisor for you to work with. Check out the “Who is My Advisor?” page to find yours.

21. How do I apply for an internship?

Internships are an excellent opportunity to apply what you have learned, gain professional experience and explore future careers interests. At Richards College internships may be taken for academic class credit or for academic recognition (notation on transcript, but no credit). To find out more visit the Internships and Professional Practice page.

22. How can I stay updated on all Richards College events and activities?

There are several options for staying “in the know” on all things Richards College of Business. You can track the calendar and news feed on the Richards College homepage, read our guest blog, follow us on Twitter, or friend us on Facebook.