Spring 2019: The Transfer Application Process

The fall semester has started.  You are probably thinking about transferring to Illinois next spring.  The transfer application will open for the Spring 2019 semester on September 1.  Here is some information about the process.

You can apply to transfer by creating a myIllini account. Within the application, you will select the major to which you want to apply. Some of our programs are not available for the spring semester, so I encourage you to look at our Transfer Open and Closed List.

The application also includes an essay. The essay is an important factor in your application evaluation. It is your opportunity to tell us more about you as an applicant and why you want to study in that particular program. It will be short (only 300 words!) so take your time and make sure you answer the prompt in full.

You have the option of choosing a second-choice major, which can increase your chance of admission. Applying to a second choice does not disadvantage you from admission to your first choice program; it will just provide us another program to consider you for if you are not admissible to your first choice. If you choose two programs, you will also have to write an essay for your second choice major. Be sure to write another essay and make it specific to that program. Don’t just copy and paste, we will know!

After you complete the application by providing your contact and education information, in-progress courses, and activities, you will have a few more steps to be complete. We require you submit college transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended. These transcripts must be official and sent directly from the institution. We will also need a copy of your high school transcript or proof of high school completion. If you have more than 30 graded credit hours, we will not use your high school grades in the review, but we still need the transcripts to show that you graduated high school. At the time of application, if you have fewer than 30 graded credit hours, you will also be required to submit ACT or SAT scores.

One last thing—there is an application fee. If you believe you are eligible for a fee waiver, you can discuss it with an academic professional at your current institution and they can submit it for you.

I encourage you to review more information about the transfer process on our website.  In addition, as always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Admissions. We would be happy to help!



Assistant Director, Undergraduate Admissions
I graduated from the University of Illinois (LAS ’02) and had the honor to play football for the Orange and Blue. I received my masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Illinois Springfield.