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Transfer FAQ

  1. When do I apply for admission?
  2. How does my application fee affect my application status?
    • An application will be considered incomplete and will not be processed until an application fee or an authorized fee waiver has been received. Payment via credit card is strongly encouraged at time of application submission. However, if you choose "Pay Later," you can pay by credit card through the Check Status page, or a check or money order made out to the University of Illinois will need to be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, accompanied by a letter stating the applicant's name as it appears on the application, date of birth, and an explanation that it is the application fee.
  3. When do I find out what classes will transfer?
    • This is evaluated at the time of application and submission of the application fee. Students attending two-year and some four-year institutions in Illinois may work with an advisor at their current institution. To review courses for transferability, students can use the (formerly CAS).
  4. What GPA is needed to transfer?
    • Generally, a 3.0/4.0 cumulative GPA from transferable credit is required. However, different programs of study and colleges have varying minimum GPA requirements from 2.25-3.2/4.0. Please refer to the transfer admission requirements page for more information.
  5. What courses should I complete in order to transfer?
    • Prerequisite course requirements for each program of study are indicated in our Transfer Handbook. Courses listed in red italics must be completed prior to transfer.
  6. Do I need to submit a high school transcript?
    • Yes, you must submit an official final high school transcript or GED certificate to verify graduation. High school performance will only be reviewed if you have not completed 30 graded transferable semester hours at the time of review. A high school transcript also can be used to meet the foreign language requirement.
  7. Are ACT/SAT scores required?
    • High school performance and ACT/SAT scores will be reviewed if you are applying with less than 30 graded transferable college credit hours at the time of review.
  8. What is 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 is not completed, the courses will be reviewed course-by-course for transferability.
  9. When will I hear a decision after submitting my application?
    • If you apply for Spring entry, you will be notified of a decision by mid-December. If you apply for Fall entry, you will be notified of a decision by mid-April. If you are an incoming sophomore transfer for Fall admission, we strongly recommend applying after the completion of your Fall courses, so those grades can be included in your admission review.
  10. Are there any campus visits for transfer students?
    • Yes, the transfer student visit program is held in the fall and details will be posted on our Visit Illinois page a couple months in advance. In addition, you are welcome to attend our prospective transfer presentation held the first and third Friday of each month.
  11. How do I obtain transfer housing information?
    • Transfer students may choose to live within any of the University housing units, including the transfer student cluster in the Champaign Residence Halls. Other options include Graduate Housing, which is open to students who are at least 20 years old, family housing, and University-run apartments. Students interested in apartments may wish to check out the Daily Illini newspaper. Those interested in apartment living should consult the Tenant Union before signing a lease. For more information, contact University Housing at or 217-333-7111 or visit the housing website.
  12. Can I appeal my admission decision?
    • If you wish to appeal your admission decision, please print and complete the Appeal of Admission Decision form. Request for reconsideration should only be submitted if new and compelling information that is relevant to the admissions criteria not 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 May 1 for incoming freshmen; June 1 for incoming transfers for the Fall semester; and December 20 for incoming transfers for the Spring semester. The form must be mailed or faxed to our office at the address or fax number provided on the form.

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