Independent University Newspaper
Copenhagen Business School

Popular searches:

Independent University Newspaper

Copenhagen Business School

CBS has this year’s most sought-after study program

CBS is jammed full of students during the semester start party.

CBS is among the most popular choices for undergraduate applicants this year, which means that CBS is getting some of Denmark’s brightest young students. But according to Wilbert van der Meer, the head of deans office, grades are not the most important aspect of university life. He wants the student to try something wild.

News |   14. Aug 2018

David Fulop

Student Writer

2,935 new bachelor students will be easing themselves into university life at CBS. These students will be bustling to their classes, discovering Thursday nights at Nexus for the first time, and eventually be freaking out about their upcoming exams.

But do not be fooled by their innocent, confused looking demeanor. Again, CBS was among the most popular universities in Denmark, and the GPA requirements for the bachelor programs reflect that.

As usual, the BSc International Business program proved to be the number one choice for top students, with a GPA requirement of 12.2.

At the end of the day, grades are not the most important.

Wilbert van der Meer, head of deans office

Another popular choice this year was the new BSc Business Administration and Digital Management program (DM). Only 90 out of 1157 applicants received a letter of acceptance, and 392 of applicants marked the program as their first choice.

This makes 4.4 first priority applicants per space, which means the program’s popularity exceeds the BSc Psychology at KU and makes it this year’s most sought-after study in relation to the number of study places.

“The high GPA requirements indicate that many very skilled students want to learn at CBS. Students are our main raw material, so it’s a huge advantage to have such motivated students,” says Wilbert van der Meer, head of deans office, and adds:

“We are lucky to have so many good students, and that is an important factor when it comes to quality education.”

Study Programs at CBS and the necessary GPA to get accepted.

Grades aren’t everything

However, there are certain factors to take into consideration when you have such a large pool of talented students.

Wilbert van der Meer explains that sometimes students who have achieved high GPAs in high school tend to focus solely on their grades, and in these situations, it becomes difficult to teach them that grades aren’t the most important aspect of university life.

“At the end of the day, grades are not the most important. There are new territories where they may be uncomfortable and we try to abstain from focusing on grades too much. They are all very bright, but we would like to see these young students try something new, something wild.”

Dive into subjects that are challenging, and that you are not sure how to solve. Do not only choose a research question that you already know the question to. These are some ways in which Wilbert van der Meer would like new students to step out of their comfort zone.

CBS and KU have both been experimenting with grade free first-year classes in an attempt to change their new student’s perspective on what is actually important during University.

“One of the most important takeaways should be to become very good at what you want to work with. Diving deep into the subjects that really interest you. That’s what we would like to teach students.”

What the future has in store

The new programs at CBS have been received very well and were popular choices for fresh applicants. However, getting the new programs approved was no easy task, says Wilbert van der Meer.

Even the BSc Business Administration and Digital Management program was not approved without any hitches.

All of the new programs need to be approved by the Ministry of Education and Research. To gain approval, CBS has to ensure that the job market will be able to receive the freshly graduated candidates. The school achieves this by speaking with HR managers about the students’ new competencies.

But even though CBS is constantly developing new programs or altering existing ones the number of students admitted cannot change.

“Like any other company, at CBS we need to constantly modernize our profile.”

Wilbert van der Meer, head of deans office

Next year, CBS is hoping to get a revised version of the BSc Intercultural Market Communication (IMK) program, however, as with the BSc DM program, it’s been difficult to get the seal of approval from the ministry.

“A revised version of the IMK program will go to the committee because we feel that it needs a new profile and that it needs to be more focused on business,” says Wilbert van der Meer and continues:

“With IMK we see there is a labor market need, but the changes in the program are not necessarily what the market is looking for, so now we are documenting what the program can offer for the market.”


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

CBS has this year’s most sought-after study programby

  • News

    Layoffs break the crucial trust between organisation and employee

    CBS is laying off a number of employees soon, which will affect our university in different ways. When employees are fired without having done anything wrong, it shatters the trust between the organisation and employees, while also taking a toll on productivity, according to a CBS expert. Layoffs also affect the ‘survivors’, who are forced to adapt to a changed workload and the loss of cherished colleagues.

  • News

    Here to help – at the touch of a button and at Campus Desk

    Exam anxiety? Lost student card? I’ve wedged my car between a Fiat 500 and a lamp post, can you help? You never know what you’ll be asked next. But that’s just how the Campus Desk team like it. And if they can’t fix your problem, they’ll know someone who can. CBS WIRE asked the team about the whole range of topics they advice on every day.

  • News

    Why so sudden? The CBS financial crisis explained

    Employees and union representatives have posed many questions in the wake of the 17 August announcement of a firing round. In this interview, University Director Arnold Boon explains how Senior Management has been working with the budget and a change of financial strategy since the fall of 2022, and why layoffs are now necessary.

  • Illustration: Ida Eriksen


    Here’s what you need to know about the master’s reform

    The political parties behind the master’s reform have adjusted their original proposal to shorten or reorganize up to 50 percent of master’s programmes after pressure from CBS and the other Danish universities. Fewer shortened master’s and longer to implement changes are some important revisions to the reform. CBS’ president is pleased that the government and other parties behind the reform have listened to some of the critique given by the universities but raises concern about cutting more study places in bachelor’s programmes.

  • News

    CBS Quiz Time: Unraveling the success story

    A successful university environment such as CBS is often associated with academic pursuits, but campus life extends far beyond the classroom. At CBS Quiz Time, a student society motivated by creative thinking and social engagement, students join in a refreshing range of creativity, excitement, and social interaction. CBS WIRE talked to Celine Møller-Andersen to find out about the society’s vision, strategies and the factors that are driving its rapid expansion.

  • Gif of the week
  • Blog

    Uncertain times: Essential for business schools to understand their market

    The alliance of European business schools met at CBS in June to enhance recruitment strategies, stay informed on industry trends, and analyse where the global economy is heading. The CBS MBA Programmes shares some key take-aways from Associate Dean and Professor Jesper Rangvid’s presentation.

  • News

    Working hard all summer: Bachelor Admissions

    The employees in charge of bachelor admissions at CBS are a small exclusive team. They ensure the validity of diplomas and the fulfilment of entry requirements for bachelor’s degrees at CBS – and, not least, that the applicants get the necessary help to upload the right documentation and find their way around the application procedures.

Follow CBS students studying abroad

CBS WIRE collaborates with

Stay connected