Community College Counselor Guide

This guide provides all of the information you need to know as you work with spring 2022 and fall 2022 transfer applicants. Thank you for all you do for our students!

Admission

Admission Factors

We consider the following factors during the admission review process:

  • Course prerequisites for a specific program
  • Number of transferable credit hours required for a specific program
  • Transferable cumulative GPA (based on all transferable courses attempted; if a course is retaken, all grades that appear on the transcript will be factored into the student’s GPA)
  • Involvement and work experience
  • Additional information supplied in the application essay

Dates & Deadlines

You can view our dates and deadlines for spring and fall 2022 transfer applicants in the transfer application section of our website. Submitting the fall application and all supporting materials as soon as possible may give students an advantage for programs with space limitations.

Application Details

Transfer applicants will apply for admission through our myIllini portal. They need to make sure they meet the requirements outlined in the Transfer Handbook for whatever major they select on the application. If they choose to select a second-choice major, they must meet those requirements as well. If applicants aren’t selected for admission to their first choice, they’ll be considered for their second choice. We strongly encourage applicants applying to more competitive majors to list a second-choice major. Please note that not all majors are available due to space constraints.

Applicants must submit transcripts from all colleges attended for the application to be complete. A high school transcript or proof of high school completion is also required as part of the admissions process. The application fee is $50 for domestic applicants and $75 for international applicants.

Standardized Testing

If students have fewer than 30 graded transferable semester hours of college coursework when they apply, they can choose to submit official ACT or SAT scores if they feel they will add value to their application. Scores must be send directly from the testing agency and dated within five years of the student's enrollment at UIUC.

English Proficiency

Transfer applicants must meet certain conditions to satisfy our minimum English proficiency requirement. In many cases, the standards needed to gain admission will be much higher than the minimum, so it’s worth submitting all test scores showing a high level of English competency. Official scores must be sent directly from the testing agency.

Language Requirements

Many colleges don’t require language for admission, but we strongly encourage students to complete the language graduation requirement prior to transferring.

Level Requirements by College

College Admission Graduation
College of Agricultural, Consumer, & Environmental Sciences Level 3
College of Applied Health Sciences Level 3
College of Education Level 2 Level 3
College of Fine & Applied Arts Level 2 Level 3
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Level 4
College of Media Level 2 Level 3
Gies College of Business Level 3 if completed in high school, Level 2 if completed in college Level 3
Grainger College of Engineering Level 3
School of Information Sciences Level 3
School of Social Work Level 3

Graduation Requirements

To graduate, all students are required to complete at least 60 semester hours of credit at UIUC. At least 21 of these credit hours must be at the 300 or 400 level.

Re-Entry Policy

Students who have previously attended UIUC shouldn’t submit a transfer application. They should instead talk to the college they wish to enter about its re-entry policy.

AP & IB Credit

In compliance with the College and Career Success for All Students Act, we accept scores of three or higher on every Advanced Placement (AP) exam for students enrolling at UIUC. We also award academic credit for scores of four or higher on any International Baccalaureate (IB) exam (Higher or Standard Level) for students enrolling at UIUC.

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Financial Aid

For need-based financial aid, students should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Our FAFSA school code is 001775. Illinois residents who aren’t otherwise eligible for federal financial aid can submit the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid.

The FAFSA opens on October 1, allowing students and their families to file using tax information from two years ago. We recommend students apply as soon as possible and no later than January 5 to be fully considered for all financial aid programs for Fall 2022, Spring 2023, or Summer 2023. (Students who are entering UIUC for the Spring 2022 semester should fill out the 2021-2022 FAFSA.) Students who miss the university preferential filing date of March 15 can still file the FAFSA and will be considered for state and federal student financial aid programs with later deadlines.

Students must submit the FAFSA to be considered for Illinois Commitment, which covers tuition and campus fees for up to three years (six semesters) of continuous enrollment for all qualified in-state transfer students who have graduated from an Illinois high school.

Visits

We’re excited to host in-person visits again! Students can also get a better feel for our campus and culture by visiting virtually. They can check our visit webpage to see all of the opportunities that are currently available.

Housing

Students who have earned fewer than 30 transferable hours of college credit at the time of enrollment and who have not lived in another institution’s residence hall for a full academic year are required to live in university-approved housing their first year at UIUC. University Housing, which is owned by the university, includes a transfer community in Scott Hall. Private Certified Housing facilities, which are privately owned and operated, are also approved by the university for students.

Undergraduates 20 years or older can live in graduate housing, and those with 30 or more credit hours can live in our Ashton Woods apartments. Many transfer students also decide to live in off-campus apartments. Our Off-Campus Community Living office can help students find apartments, review lease contracts, answer questions about landlord complaint histories, and more.

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More Resources

Contact Information

If you have questions, don't hesitate to reach out to our office! You can also contact our transfer counselors directly:


Helpful Links for Transfers

Transcripts

Official transcripts can be sent electronically by schools using electronic transcript vendors. They can also be mailed directly from your high school or college to our office.

International Academic Records

If you’re working with a student who attended high school outside of the U.S., any academic records sent to us must be official or certified as true copies and issued in English or accompanied by a certified English translation.

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