Admitted Transfer FAQ

A big congratulations on your admission to Illinois! Your Notice of Admission packet and Admitted Student Checklist within myIllini should help guide you through your next steps as an admitted student, but if you have any more questions, you’ll hopefully find all your answers here.

When will I find out if I’m being offered any scholarships, honors, or need-based aid?

Your application for admission is used to determine your eligibility for all merit-based scholarships and honors awarded through us. You’ll be contacted about these as they're awarded.

You may also submit the Office of Student Financial Aid's supplemental application for merit and need-based scholarships. Need-based aid requires submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you haven’t submitted your FAFSA yet, do so as soon as possible. If you submit it before March 15, you should receive notification via email between mid-March and mid-April. You can also check your financial aid status online.

For more information, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at 217-333-0100.

Can I make a change to my schedule after being admitted?

Your admission was, in part, based on your schedule. Therefore, we’ll only approve drops in your schedule for medical reasons or extenuating circumstances. Dropping any courses listed as a requirement for admission to your major won’t be approved.

Any request for a schedule change must be submitted through myIllini. When we review final transcripts, we check final grades as well as schedule changes. An unauthorized schedule change or extreme drop in grades could jeopardize your admission.

I'm admitted, but I'd like to change my major now. Is this possible?

If you’d like to change your major, submit our Change Request Form within myIllini. However, by submitting this form, you forfeit your seat in your current program, and there’s no guarantee that you’ll be admitted to your new program of choice. We encourage you to speak with an admissions counselor before submitting this form.

If you choose to attend Illinois under the major to which you have been admitted, you’ll be able to speak with your academic advisor about your educational goals during registration. You may have to meet certain coursework and GPA requirements before transferring to another program.

Where do I send my Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credit?

AP test scores must be sent from CollegeBoard electronically and should be sent to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. IB test scores must be sent directly to Measurement and Evaluation: Room 247 Armory, MC-528, 505 East Armory Avenue, Champaign, IL 61820.

We provide credit equivalencies for both AP and IB exams. It may be helpful for you to bring a copy of your test scores to registration. This will let academic advisors know what credits you’ve earned.

Will I have an opportunity to take a proficiency test to earn college credit?

Yes, proficiency tests are offered in most subject areas. You must sign up for the proficiency exam through the specific academic department. Proficiency tests are usually offered a few times each semester. The first opportunity for you to take a proficiency test will be during the first week of class.

Where can I find out how my classes transferred?

You may view your Transfer Evaluation Report within myIllini.

What does it mean to be admitted into an alternate major? Can I eventually enter my first-choice major?

Students with an alternative offer were strongly considered for their first choice; however, we simply didn’t have room for all qualified applicants. If you’re interested in transferring to another program after enrolling at Illinois, we recommend that you work with your academic advisor to learn the requirements and timeline needed to eventually do so. More information is included within your Notice of Admission letter.

Can I double major or add a minor?

If you’d like to double major or add a minor, you’ll need to speak with your advisor at registration. He or she will be able to instruct you on how to proceed.

When is the deadline for accepting my offer of admission?

If you applied for fall admission, you should accept your offer online by May 1 (or within 2 weeks if you receive your Notice of Admission packet after April 15). The sooner you accept your offer of admission, the sooner you can sign up for registration, submit your housing request, and more.

Is an enrollment fee required to accept my offer of admission?

Yes, you must submit a $150 nonrefundable enrollment fee when accepting your offer of admission. Your acceptance won’t be official until you submit this fee. You may use a credit or debit card when paying the fee. If you submitted a fee waiver form with your application, the enrollment fee will be waived.

What do I do if I’m unable to claim my NetID?

You must be admitted in order to claim your NetID. If you’re having difficulty claiming your NetID, contact Technology Services at 217-244-7000 for further assistance.

How do I sign up for University Housing, and how are residence hall assignments made?

University Housing uses a priority deadline to make hall and room assignments. We encourage you to meet the priority deadline of May 15. All contracts received by May 15 will be placed in random order, and assignments will be made in that order. Contracts received after the priority deadline will be placed in the order they’re received.

When will I find out the hall I’ve been assigned to and my roommate’s contact information?

You’ll be notified in June as to which hall you’ve been assigned and will find out your roommate’s information in July.

As a transfer student, do I have to live on campus?

You may have the option to live in off-campus housing, but you're encouraged to talk to University Housing at 217-333-7111 before signing a lease.

Do I need to send my final transcripts?

Yes. Your admission decision is contingent on successful completion of any courses in progress or that you planned to take prior to entry to Illinois. You should have your final college transcripts sent to our office by June 15. If you’re taking summer courses, the final transcript needs to be sent as soon as your summer grades are finalized.

How do I cancel my admission and housing?

You can cancel the offer of admission online or you can submit a letter requesting to cancel your admission to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The $150 enrollment fee is nonrefundable.

If you’ve signed up for housing and registration, you’ll also need to notify Housing and New Student Programs.

When will I receive the first tuition bill for the fall semester?

Your first tuition bill will arrive electronically to your university email address in September. Any financial aid is generally dispersed the week before the start of classes. For information regarding billing, payment due dates, and payment options, visit the USFSCO website.

Does Illinois offer a payment plan for tuition and fee costs?

We provide an optional payment plan that allows you to spread payment of anticipated tuition, mandatory fees, room, and board expenses.

I currently live out of state. When am I eligible for in-state tuition?

We use your parents’ residence to determine residency. If your parent or parents move to Illinois, you can become a resident at the beginning of the next term following the move. If you’re legally emancipated from your parents or independent, you must reside in the state of Illinois for 1 year for non-educational purposes before being eligible for in-state tuition.