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Transfer Application Procedures

Get familiar with the application process and the necessary items you need to submit.

As an applicant, it is your responsibility to know the application requirements, to submit the necessary materials, and to monitor the status of your application online.


When you apply online you create a username and password, which enables you to check your application status after submitting your application.

Required Application Materials


The application includes a major selection, essay, list of activities, work experience, community service, and honors and awards.

Application Fee

A nonrefundable $50 application fee ($75 for international applicants) can be paid by credit card upon submission of the application or by check. Domestic students who qualify for a fee waiver will need to have a counselor or your current institution's financial aid office submit the fee waiver form. If you are a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago or the University of Illinois at Springfield, you do not need to submit an application fee.


We need official transcripts from your current institution, and each postsecondary institution that you have attended and earned grades. It is also required to send an official final transcript from your high school or official GED results to verify graduation. Please request that official transcripts be sent from your secondary and postsecondary institution directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions when you apply. If you have not graduated from high school or earned an equivalent diploma, you need to apply as a freshman.

Official Test Scores

It’s required that you send us a standardized test score if you have less than 30 graded transferable semester hours of college coursework at the time of application: ACT (code 1154) or SAT 1 (code 1836) scores are accepted. It is highly recommended to submit test scores if you have 30-59 graded credit hours. Scores must be sent directly from the testing centers to be considered official; they cannot be taken from high school transcripts or student reports.

English Proficiency

Test scores that will be used to fulfill the English proficiency requirement must be taken within two years of the student's date of enrollment in the University.

Please note that these are only the minimum requirements needed to meet English proficiency. In many cases, the standards needed to gain admission will be much higher, so it would be to your advantage to submit all test scores demonstrating a high level of English competency, especially if you do not meet the ACT/SAT minimums.

You must meet one of the following conditions to satisfy our minimum English proficiency requirement:

  • Complete all secondary (years 9-12) and post-secondary schooling in Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), certain Caribbean countries, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United States (excluding Puerto Rico).
  • Score at least 25 on the ACT English portion or 550 on the SAT I Critical Reading portion.
  • Score a minimum of 80 on the Internet-based (ibt) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The Colleges of Business, Engineering, and Media require a minimum total score of 100 iBT.
  • Score a minimum total of 6.5 on the International English Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6 on all four modules. For Business, Engineering, and Media, the minimum score is 7.5 total with a minimum score of 7 on all four modules.

Special Requirements

Please submit an Undergraduate Application for Admission prior to completing the program-specific requirements.

Art and Design Applicants

You must submit a portfolio. Instructions and forms are available on the Art and Design website or call 217.333.6632.

Dance Applicants

You must complete an audition. Information on completing this requirement is available on the Department of Dance website or call 217.333.1010.

Music Applicants

You must complete an audition and/or interview. For specific requirements, to schedule the audition/interview, and complete the supplemental music application visit the School of Music website or contact the Music Admissions Office at 217.244.7899.

Theatre Applicants

You must complete an interview and an audition or portfolio review. Information on completing these requirements is available on the Department of Theatre website or call 217.333.2371.

Teacher Education Applicants

All candidates for admission to education programs are required to pass the Test of Academic Proficiency as a criterion for admission. The ILTS website contains additional information concerning test dates, registration, and links to study guides. When registering for the test, indicate that test results be reported to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois code = 052). Test scores must be reported by the time of application to the program.

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) currently allows ACT Plus Writing/SAT scores to be used in lieu of a passing score on the Test of Academic Proficiency. Note that ISBE rules are subject to change without notice and at any time.

Social Work Applicants

Applicants to Social Work must complete a School of Social Work BSW Personal Statement and Social Service Experience Summary, which can be found at Both must be mailed to the School of Social Work, 1010 West Nevada Street, Urbana, IL 61801.

Other Important Application Information

Checking the Status of Your Application

Once you receive acknowledgement of receipt from us, you may check the status of your application. Please allow several days for us to match your academic records with your application. 

Letters of Recommendation

Note that letters of recommendation are not required and strongly discouraged. Any letters that are sent will be shredded.

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