​Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is Olin’s BSBA program accredited?
A. Yes, the program is accredited by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) International, the world’s leading accrediting association.

Q. Does the BSBA program offer full-tuition scholarships?
A. Olin provides both full- and partial-tuition scholarships. Visit the WashU Financial Aid website to find out about financial assistance and academic scholarships for Washington University undergraduates.

Q. Does Olin have a career resource center that helps students find internships and full-time jobs?
A. Olin’s Weston Career Center can help with all your job-search and career-planning needs. “Come to the career center early and often,” advises the center’s director. Although many employment-related activities are geared to juniors and seniors, freshman and sophomores can research industries and internships, get tips on résumé writing and interviewing, and acquaint themselves with the full range of services the center provides. Visit the OlinCareers website for more information.

Q. Does Olin offer academic credit for internships?
A. If you want to earn academic credit for an internship, you must complete an independent project related to the experience, under the guidance of an Olin faculty member.

Q. Does Washington University award transfer credit for college-level work completed by high-school students?
A. Under certain circumstances. First, you must take the course work at a college or university, along with the institution's regular students. Credit will not be given for work that is done at a high school with high-school students. Second, the work must be similar to a course offered at Washington University. Read more about transferring to Olin Business School.

Q. What scholarship money is available to incoming undergraduate freshmen, and what are the average requirements to receive the funding?
A. Olin awards full-tuition scholarships to select incoming first-year students in the BSBA program. The Dean's Scholarship – which recognizes outstanding character, academic achievement, and career promise – is awarded for four years of study, as long as you make satisfactory progress toward your BSBA degree.

Q. When was Olin Business School founded?
A. Washington University started its undergraduate school of commerce and finance in 1917, adding a full-time MBA, evening MBA, executive MBA, doctoral, and other master’s programs throughout the years. In 1988, the business school was named in honor of John M. Olin, chairman of the Olin Corp and a major benefactor of the university.

Q. Does Olin offer classes via the Internet?
A. No.

Q. Can students study abroad in Olin's BSBA program?
A. Absolutely. In fact, the BSBA team strongly encourages you to participate in study abroad programs, available in numerous countries around the world (see the Global Programs section of the BSBA website and, for a complete list of offerings, go to sa.wustl.edu).

Q. Is studying a foreign language a degree requirement or a requirement for studying abroad?
A. Foreign language courses aren’t an overall requirement for graduation, but you do have to study a specific foreign language to participate in certain study abroad offerings – for example, the program at University Carlos III of Madrid. The majority of study-abroad programs don’t require previous knowledge of the foreign language to apply, however.