Transfer Applicant FAQ

When do I apply for admission?

Application deadlines can be found on our dates page.

How does my application fee affect my application status?

Your application will be considered incomplete and won’t be processed until we receive your application fee or an authorized fee waiver. We strongly encourage payment by credit card at the time of your application submission.

If you choose to pay later, you can pay by credit card through your status page in myIllini, or you can send a check or money order made out to the University of Illinois directly to us, accompanied by a letter stating your name as it appears on the application and your date of birth, and an explanation that it’s for your application fee.

When do I find out what classes will transfer?

We’ll evaluate your classes after you submit your application and application fee. Students attending 2-year and some 4-year institutions in Illinois may work with an advisor at their current institution. To review courses for transferability, refer to Transferology.

What GPA is needed to transfer?

Generally, a 3.0 or 4.0 cumulative GPA is required from transferable credit. However, different programs of study and colleges have varying minimum GPA requirements from 2.25 to 3.2 or 4.0. Refer to our transfer GPA guidelines for more information.

What courses should I complete in order to transfer?

Prerequisite course requirements for each program of study are indicated in our Transfer Handbook. You must complete the courses listed in red italics prior to transfer.

Do I need to submit a high school transcript?

Yes, you must submit an official final high school transcript or an official copy of your high school equivalency exam results to verify graduation. High school performance will only be reviewed if you have fewer than 30 graded transferable semester hours at the time of review. A high school transcript also can be used to meet the foreign language requirement.

Are ACT or SAT scores required?

High school performance and ACT or SAT scores will be reviewed if you’re applying with less than 30 graded transferable college credit hours at the time of review.

What’s your policy on transferability of the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) General Education courses?

If the entire IAI General Education Core is complete, all of the courses completed within the core will transfer to Illinois. However, if the entire core isn’t completed, we’ll review course by course for transferability.

When will I hear a decision after submitting my application?

If you apply for spring entry, you’ll be notified of a decision by mid-December. If you apply for fall entry, you’ll be notified of a decision by mid-April. If you’re an incoming sophomore transfer for fall admission, we strongly recommend applying after you complete your fall courses so those grades can be included in your admission review.

Can I appeal my admission decision?

If you want to appeal your admission decision, print out and complete our Appeal of Admission Decision Form within myIllini. Request for reconsideration should only be submitted if new and compelling information that’s relevant to our admissions criteria and isn’t on the original application is available. Requests must be made by the applicant. The Admissions Committee decision made on your appeal is final.

The deadlines for reconsideration are June 1 for incoming transfers for the fall semester and December 20 for incoming transfers for the spring semester.

Do you have any campus visits for transfer students?

Yes, we hold Transfer Orange and Blue Days every fall. Details are posted a couple months in advance. In addition, you’re welcome to attend one of our Transfer Information Sessions held on select Fridays. You can see all of our current events on our transfer visit page.

How do I obtain transfer housing information?

Transfer students can choose to live within any of our university housing units, including one of our transfer student clusters. Other options include Graduate Housing (open to students who are at least 20 years old), family housing, and university-run apartments. For more information, visit the University Housing website or call 217-333-7111.