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Transfer Application Review Process

Learn about the various requirements and factors involved with transferring to the University of Illinois.

Helpful Tools for Transferring to Illinois

Requirements vary depending on your credit level and your intended program of study. The following tools will assist you in determining your specific requirements.

Admission Decision Factors

Admission of transfer applicants is based on a combination of the hours and content of transferable credit and the transfer GPA. Admission of sophomore applicants is based on a combination of college and high school credentials, including ACT/SAT scores.

The following factors are considered in an admission decision:

  • Course prerequisites for specific program
  • Transferable cumulative GPA and sometimes a technical GPA
  • Number of transferable credit hours required for specific program
  • Additional information supplied in your application essays
  • 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

For more information on requirements, review our detailed list of all requirements.

Prerequisite Coursework

Most transfer programs require the completion of prerequisite coursework prior to enrollment. The Transfer Handbook lists all such requirements by programs of study. Detailed transfer course information is also available to help you determine the transferability of any coursework.

Preference and Restrictions

If the number of qualified applicants to a college or curriculum exceeds the admissions quota, those best qualified will be admitted, and preference may be given to Illinois residents. Sophomore transfer applicants (students with less than 60 transferable semester hours) may be restricted when space is limited. To view which programs are considering applicants at your level, you can check the open and closed list.


Official transcripts are required from each college and/or university you have attended. Official high school transcripts are required to verify graduation. If you have not earned a high school diploma yet, you need to apply as a freshman. If you received a GED certificate, you will need to submit the GED results.


All transfer applicants are required to answer one essay question on the application:

  • Essay: In an essay of 300 words or less, explain your motivation to transfer from your current/previous institution and how your academic interests and/or professional goals will be fulfilled in your intended program of study. If you are applying to the Division of General Studies, explain your academic interests and strengths or your future career goals. You may include any majors or areas of study you are currently considering.

Additionally, if a second choice major is selected, the applicant must complete a second essay asking to explain his or her interest in the second choice major.

Other Academic Information

If you are unable to meet one or more of the transfer admissions requirements for your program or if there is any additional information you feel that we should be aware of while reviewing your application, including extenuating circumstances that affected your academic record, you will have an opportunity to provide us with an explanation in your application.

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