How to Prepare for a Community College Visit

I hope your semester is off to a great start!

Here in Undergraduate Admissions, we are in the process of planning our travel for this upcoming fall semester. This will include visits to different community colleges within the state to discuss transferring to Illinois. I want to give you some tips to help prepare you for these visits so that you can make the most of our time together!

First off, you should review the various majors that are offered at Illinois. We have over 150+ different majors and they each have different GPA and course requirements. You can find a list of our programs here, including Majors by Interest Area. This section can help you locate the best major for you based on your interests and career goals.

You can also review our Transfer Handbook, which includes all of the transfer requirements. Make a list of any questions you have about the transfer requirements and recommended courses. Your admissions counselor can help explain the requirements, how we use the handbook during review, and the competitiveness of the various majors.

The website Transferology can be used to determine how your courses will transfer to Illinois. We update the system daily to ensure we have the most up-to-date articulations for each of the courses. Although we cannot fully articulate your courses prior to applying, if you have any questions about the transferability of a specific course, your admissions counselor can assist you with Transferology during the visit.

Some other areas that are beneficial to consider before the visit include the following:

  • How many credit hours do you currently have? How many credit hours do you plan to complete prior to transferring?
  • Have you attended other colleges or universities?
  • Did you attend high school outside of the United States? (There could be additional English proficiency requirements!)
  • Do you have AP credit or other test credit you plan to use to satisfy any of the requirements?
  • Did you complete a language other than English in high school? What level?
  • Are you proficient in a language other than English?

Consider any additional questions you have about transferring to Illinois. Each student’s situation is different and you will likely have specific questions and concerns related to the application process related to your interest. The more information you have prepared, the better we can advise you. Admissions counselors can explain the application process in more detail to make the process easier for you!

I encourage you to create a myIllini account. Through this account, you can find out when we will be in your area for a visit or a fair. If you have questions before then, please reach out to the Admissions office and we would be happy to assist you!

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