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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is there a GPA requirement?
While the competition is only five days long, it does require a significant amount of time and energy. We determined that students who are on academic probation will not benefit from the competition in the same way that students who are in good academic standing will benefit. Undergraduate students whose GPA is below a 2.0 should focus on their coursework in the fall semester, trying to improve their GPA and looking forward to competing in 2014.

Can I register as a free agent and then move to a team later?
Absolutely. We recommend registering yourself as soon as possible to save a space. Of course, if you have a team formed, you should all register as soon as possible, but if you find teammates later, you can add them to your team. If you register as a free agent and would like to be added to a team later, just email QuinlanCaseComp@luc.edu.

Can I still participate if I'm not a business major?
Yes. The Quinlan Case Competition has value for all students who have a major or minor in the Quinlan School of Business. Participants must have a declared business major or minor in LOCUS.  Students from a variety of academic backgrounds and levels of experience will enjoy and benefit from the event.

What support is available to help prepare for the competition?
We provide several resources to help you be prepare for the competition. First, the Case Competition Sakai site will be your “one stop” for case competition resources and updates from staff. Workshops and other events will be announced as we get closer to the competitions. 

I'm a first year student/sophomore... Do I have the business knowledge I need to participate?

We get asked this question a lot…and the answer is “Absolutely!”. A big part of the competition is working on a team and learning how to analyze a business case from any level of experience. As a freshmen/sophomore, you will gain experience in how to manage your time during a competition and how to work on a team so that in future years, you will be able to focus more on the application of your business knowledge. In addition, the opportunity to network with judges could land you your next internship and give you a solid experience to highlight during an interview. Finally, the opportunity to interact and network with upper class Quinlan students could help you make new friends and get connected with the Quinlan student community.

How can I highlight the case competition on my resume?

The Quinlan Case Competition is a great addition to your resume as well as integral to your interview prep. The Business Career Services staff is prepared to help you highlight this experience to fit the jobs/internships you are looking for.

What time commitment is required to participate?
You probably hear this saying a lot but “you will get out of the competition what you put into it.” Remember, the case competition is not required, but you are working on a team with peers who are committed to giving the case competition their best shot. So, you need to pull your weight. Although workshops are optional, they can often save you time in the long run by giving you tips and insider information about case competitions. Case competition is not an excuse for missing class, so make sure you plan accordingly and prepare class assignments and readings in advance so ease the workload that week.

If you have any other questions, please email QuinlanCaseComp@luc.edu. 

Good luck!

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Quinlan School of Business · 820 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312.915.7057 · quinlan@luc.edu

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