For the Future Transfer Student

The transfer process can be complicated and confusing if you don’t know where to start. I want to provide you guidance on our transfer process and the important resources available to help you successfully transfer to Illinois.

One of the most important tools that transfer students need to utilize is our Transfer Handbook. This handbook outlines the course and GPA requirements for all of the majors on our campus. The required courses listed in the handbook must be completed prior to transferring to Illinois. Failure to meet the requirements in the Transfer Handbook for your chosen major can often be a reason for denial.

The course numbers listed in the Transfer Handbook are Illinois courses. To determine which courses you should take at your current institution, you can use the website Transferology. After you create an account on Transferology, it is simple step-by-step process that will show you all the courses that have been reviewed for transfer to Illinois from your institution. If a course is not listed on the website, it doesn’t mean necessarily that it is not transferable; it means that we have never reviewed that particular course for transfer. After you apply, you will be able to send us a course syllabus so that we can articulate it.

If you are attending a community college in the state of Illinois, you can also use our Articulation Guides, which lists the course requirements with the name and course number at your community college. The guide includes the course requirements for Illinois majors for any of the 48 community colleges in Illinois. You should use the guide in tandem with the Transfer Handbook.

Once it comes time apply to Illinois, you will need to provide us with the following:

  • The online application: You will complete the application through your myIllini account.
  • High school transcripts or proof of high school graduation: Required for all applicants, regardless of the number of credit hours. If you have more than 30 graded credit hours at the time of application, we will only use the transcript to confirm high school graduation. We will not review your grades if you are past the 30-credit-hour mark.
  • All college transcripts: Send transcripts from any colleges you attended. This includes colleges at which you completed dual enrollment courses.
  • ACT/SAT scores if applicable: If you have less than 30 graded credit hours, we do require you to submit test scores for review.

We will use all of the above information to conduct a holistic review to make an admission decision. We will not consider any additional documents, including letters of recommendation, interviews, or resumes. You can find more information about all aspects of the transfer process here.

If you have any questions about the above resources or application process, you can contact our office and ask to speak with an admissions counselor at (217) 333-0302. I highly encourage you to begin preparing for the transfer process as soon as possible!



Admissions Counselor
After completing my master’s degree in higher education in May 2016, I returned to my roots in East Central Illinois. I specialize in transfer students. As a former transfer student myself, I understand the challenges students face when they decide to transition to a new institution.


  • Hi Casey!

    Do you advise that prospective transfer students contact admissions at the U of I? I am a reverse transfer student which means I attended a different 4 year university for my freshman year and am currently enrolled at a community college for my sophomore year looking to transfer to the U of I for my junior and senior year. My case is a little different so I would like to know if there is a different way I should approach the transfer process. Thanks so much.


  • Hi Hannah,

    Thank you for your question!

    You would apply in the same way as a traditional transfer student, but you would need to make sure you submit transcripts from both schools you have attended. I encourage you to use our Transfer Handbook and Transferology to see how your courses will transfer from both institutions. If you have specific questions, you can contact our office at (217) 333-0302 and we would be happy to answer them for you!

  • Hi Casey:

    I have some questions regarding 30 graded credit hours at the time of application (so that only college transcripts are evaluated).
    (1) Suppose, I have just 30 classroom graded hours from an illinois community college but some courses transfer with less credit (4 credits at community to 3 credits at Illinois). Will that satisfy the 30 graded hours ?
    (2) If some courses transfer as general elective credit (not any equivalent course per, is that ok?
    (3) I have 6 credits from community college and 4 credits from 4-year university while in high school, is that ok if I have total 30 graded hours (including those while at high school)?

    Thank you very much.

  • Hi Sukant,

    In regard to the 30 graded credit hours, it will be based on the total number of credit hours that transfer to Illinois. That will include direct course equivalents, as well as elective credit hours. Also, we will award credit based on the number of hours you completed. For example, if the course was a 4-hour course at your community college, we will also give you 4 credit hours. The 30 graded credit hours can come from both community colleges and universities; they do not have to come from the same institution. This would include dual enrollment courses from high school as long as you can provide a college transcript for those courses.

    I hope this is helpful!