Transfer Resources

The transition to college can be confusing, and if you’re a transfer student, you are going through this transition twice. Think of this blog as your go-to for all things “Transfer Resource” focused. Below are a few different things that will help you into, throughout, and out of Illinois.

New Student Registration & Advising

New Student Registration may be your first exposure to Illinois student life. During this required, one-day program, you’ll learn more about your specific college and major and also begin developing a relationship with your academic advisor. You’ll also begin one of the most anticipated steps—registering for classes! Our talented academic advisors know SO much about both your major and Illinois; use them as a helpful resource and friendly face as you prepare to begin classes at Illinois.

New Student Programs

Whether you are entering Illinois in the Spring or Fall semester, our Office of New Student Programs will officially welcome you to campus. Transfer Student Orientation will give you valuable information as you begin your journey at Illinois and also help you make some friends out of other new transfers.

All transfer students are also invited to participate in our G.R.I.T. (Guiding Resilient Illinois Transfer Students) Camp. Camps are available at start of each semester at no cost to our students. You will have the opportunity to complete team building activities, meet other transfer students in your specific college, and develop relationships with our Illini Transfer Ambassador team.

New Friends & Organizations

Were clubs and organizations part of your past college experience? Are you excited to take a leap and join something new? Hoping to make some friends with similar interests as you? Registered Student Organizations (RSO) are the number one way our students integrate themselves into campus life. Also, Illinois has multiple RSOs geared for our transfer community. Here’s some information about a few:

  • Tau Sigma National Honor Society: This is an honor society focused on recognizing academic excellence and involvement among transfer students. Tau Sigma is an excellent option for academically eligible students. Were you in Phi Theta Kappa at your past organization? Do you have a 3.5 GPA? Tau Sigma may be a great option for you!
  • Illini Transfer Ambassadors: Looking for a job while you’re on campus? Were you a tour guide or ambassador at your previous school? Illini Transfer Ambassadors may be the organization for you! Ambassadors are ready to calm your nerves and pass along their advice. They will help host events for transfer students and guide them through their transition to Illinois. You can learn more about the programs at G.R.I.T Camps or Transfer Student Orientation–they’ll be your guides!

Looking for something else? You can probably find it in our other 1,800 registered student organizations on campus. There really is a club for everyone at Illinois.

There are so many students who come to Illinois as transfer students, and Illinois is committed to helping all of them! Never hesitate if you have any questions for us; when our faculty and staff encourage you to reach out via phone or email, they mean it. Whether you are transferring as a sophomore or junior, from a 2-year or 4-year institution, Illinois wants you to feel immediately connected to our campus and our resources.



Admissions Counselor, Undergraduate Admissions
I'm excited to help transfer students navigate and master the application process to find the right fit for them. As an Illinois transfer student and now an alumni, providing this information is my priority.


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  • I got into UIUC into the Mathematics major at the Liberal Arts and Science College, but I want to transfer to the Grainger College of Engineering for Computer Science. Can I do that or do I have to go through my first year and transfer in May of my freshman year

  • Thanks for reaching out, Ananya. Incoming freshmen can apply for transfer into the Grainger College of Engineering after working with their academic advisor, typically at the end of their freshman year. The Grainger College of Engineering does not allow for double transfers, though, meaning students can’t transfer into Mathematics from another university and then also apply to transfer into Grainger. We hope this helps. If you have more questions, don’t hesitate to email us or call us at 217-333-0302. We’re here to help!