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Success starts with you.

The Connect2Biz program provides business-interested students with community for academic support, professional networking, and a group of students with similar goals who are taking the same classes. Students with these supports find greater success in getting admitted to the Tippie College of Business.

In addition to living with other business students, taking the same classes, and studying together you will also be connected with faculty and advisors from the Tippie College of Business.  

Business students need to take specific courses in order to be admitted to Tippie. Connect2Biz students will take a 1 credit seminar together, facilitated by a Tippie advisor. This seminar provides an early and very beneficial jump start to your future as a business professional. 

Business courses you can expect to take in your first year:  

  • Rhetoric
  • Math (for business)
  • Microeconomics
  • Business Computing Essentials


Vyjayanti M.

"Being a part of BizHawks allowed me to meet students with similar academic interests and drive. Coming from California, I didn’t know anybody coming into my first year at Iowa, but my community helped me meet great friends as soon as I got to campus."

Vyjayanti M.
Living Learning Community Courses

Analysis and critique to discover, question, explain, and justify positions and claims made in writing and speaking; reading and listening to comprehend and assess arguments; employment of rhetorical concepts (e.g., purpose, audience); understanding research as responsible inquiry for speaking and writing; special topics, activities.

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Algebraic techniques and modeling; quantitative methods for treating problems that arise in management and economic sciences; topics include algebra techniques, functions and functional models, exponential and logarithmic functions and models, and a thorough introduction to differential calculus; examples and applications from management, economic sciences, and related areas; for students planning to major in business.

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Organization, workings of modern economic systems; role of markets, prices, competition in efficient allocation of resources and promotion of economic welfare; international trade.

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Basic proficiency with common business application software (word processing, spreadsheet, presentation software, database); simulation training to achieve requisite skills; additional support available via optional textbook or ebook; online, modular, self-taught course.

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Locations Fall 2022 - Spring 2023
Campus Partners

A campus partner is a faculty or staff member on the University of Iowa campus that is passionate about the community and who meets regularly with a designated living learning community team. These individuals guide the learning component of the community, may teach the course in common, and help connect students to various resources across campus.

Mark Archibald
Assistant Director, First Year Experience, UPO – Undergraduate Program

Dani Dion
Assistant Director, Pre-Business Success Initiatives