How to Apply as a Transfer Applicant

1. Get prepared.

Before applying as a transfer student, you'll want to learn our course and GPA requirements, which of your classes will transfer, whether your intended major is considering applicants, and more. You can find links to all of these resources on our transfer application preparation page.

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How to Transfer to UIUC: A Complete Guide

We’ve created a guide to help you navigate our transfer application process. We hope it helps as you begin your planning!

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2. Complete your application.

You'll choose a major, write an essay, and list your extracurriculars, work experience, honors, and awards. Note that we'll also use your application to determine admission into campus honors programs and award merit-based scholarships.

3. Pay the application fee.

When you submit your application, you'll pay a nonrefundable fee by credit card. If you’re a domestic student at the University of Illinois at Chicago or Springfield, you don’t need to submit a fee.

  • $50 Domestic
  • $75 International

4. Send us your transcripts.

We need official transcripts from all colleges or universities you've attended. We also need a final, official transcript from your high school or your high school equivalency exam results to confirm you’ve graduated. When you apply, ask that these institutions send your official transcripts directly to our office.

5. Submit your test scores.

If you have fewer than 30 graded, transferable semester hours of college coursework when you apply, standardized test scores are required for admission review. We also highly recommend that you submit test scores if you have 30 to 59 graded credit hours. Either ACT or SAT I scores are accepted. Official test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency; we don't accept copies of student score reports.

  • ACT Code: 1154
  • SAT I Code: 1836

6. Prove your English proficiency.

You must meet one of the following conditions to satisfy our minimum English proficiency requirement. In many cases, the standards needed to gain admission will be much higher, so it’s worth submitting all test scores showing a high level of English competency. These scores must be dated within 2 years of your enrollment at UIUC.

  • Score a minimum of 80 on the Internet-based (iBT) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL; code 1836). Our College of Education, College of Media, Gies College of Business, Grainger College of Engineering, and School of Social Work 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 4 modules. For Education, Media, Gies Business, Grainger Engineering, and Social Work, the minimum total is 7.5, with a minimum score of 7 on all 4 modules.
  • Complete all secondary (years 9 through 12) and post-secondary schooling in Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), certain Caribbean countries, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United States (excluding Puerto Rico).
  • Score high enough on the English section of the ACT or the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section of the redesigned SAT. We'll review these scores on an individual basis in lieu of TOEFL or IELTS scores to determine if you meet English proficiency. We encourage you to take the TOEFL or IELTS if you're concerned your ACT or SAT scores might not be high enough for admission.
  • After graduating from high school, complete 2 years of continuous full-time study at a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. or a recognized college or university in Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada (excluding Quebec), certain Caribbean countries, Ireland, or New Zealand. Full-time study is defined as at least 12 semester hours per semester or 12 quarter hours per quarter of transferable coursework, excluding English as a second language (ESL) courses; developmental coursework related to instruction in English reading, composition, and/or grammar; test credit; and failed courses. Attendance at an English language institute can't be used to satisfy this requirement. Coursework must be completed within 2 years of the proposed date of enrollment. Coursework completed prior to your high school graduation date may not be used to meet this requirement.

7. See if you have further application requirements.

Depending on your background or the major you're applying to, you may have just a few more things to do.

International Applicants

You'll need to follow these additional steps during the application process.

Art + Design Applicants

You also need to submit a portfolio. More information is available through the School of Art and Design or by calling 217-333-6632.

Dance Applicants

You also need to complete an audition. More information is available through the Department of Dance or by calling 217-333-1010.

Music Applicants

You also need to complete a music application and audition or interview. More information is available through the School of Music or by calling 217-244-7899.

Theatre Applicants

You also need to interview and complete an audition or portfolio review. More information is available through the Department of Theatre or by calling 217-333-2371.

Social Work Applicants

You also need to complete a Bachelor of Social Work Application.

8. Check your status.

Once you’ve submitted your application, check its status by clicking on your application in myIllini. Make sure your personal information is correct and you report any errors to us. If you need to make a change, submit the necessary Change Request Form in myIllini.

Important Dates

Learn when our spring and fall transfer applications are available and when you'll be notified of a decision.

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