This is the complete guide for transferring to Illinois. We suggest you read until the end – you can also use the below calculator to estimate your likelihood of being able to transfer to Illinois.
Illinois requires a number of completed documents for consideration. The table below summarizes the most important pieces of information:
|High School Transcript||Required of All|
|College Transcript||Required of All|
|Essay or Personal Statement||Required of All|
|Standardized Test Scores||Required of Some|
|Statement of Good Standing from Prior Institution||Not Required|
In addition to the above requirements, Illinois also requires a minimum number of credits completed to apply to be a transfer student.
Illinois requires a minimum of 36 credits.
What are University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Transfer Deadlines?
Many universities accept transfer applications during each semester. For this reason, we break down Illinois transfer deadline by fall, winter, spring and summer.
|Closing Date||Reported Deadline|
|Fall Transfer Deadline||March 1|
|Winter Transfer Deadline|
|Spring Transfer Deadline||October 15|
|Summer Transfer Deadline||March 1|
Waiting until the last minute to finalize your application could result in a silly mistake.
We recommend you complete your application at least 1 week before the required deadline.
In fact, take a full 2 day break from looking at anything related to your application and then come back to look for errors. I bet you’ll find a few ?
When are decision dates for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign transfer applicants?
If you applied to transfer to Illinois on or before the reported deadlines then you should have your decision date by the notification dates in the below table.
|Fall Transfer Deadline||mid-April|
|Winter Transfer Deadline|
|Spring Transfer Deadline||late November|
|Summer Transfer Deadline||mid-April|
|Application Portal||Coalition Application/MyIllini application (Undergraduate Applicant)|
Online Graduate Portal (Graduate Applicant)
|Application Fee||75 USD (International Undergraduate Applicant);|
90 USD (International Graduate Applicant)
|SAT Score (Middle 50%)||1400-1530|
|ACT Score (Middle 50%)||26-32|
|Mode of Payment||Visa/MasterCard Credit Card|
|Academic Calendar||Semester Based|
|Intake Seasons||Fall, Spring, and Summer|
|Work Experience||Required for certain graduate programs|
|Financial Aid||Scholarship, Grants, and Loans|
|International Student Helpdesk||[email protected]|
University of Illinois Deadlines
The University has strict specific deadlines and applicants are advised to send their application well in advance in order to avoid any unforeseen problem that could result in rejection. International applicants should submit the application ten months prior to the intended semester of entry.
|First year (regular Decision)||15th October|
|Transfer (on campus)||2nd November|
|Transfer (online)||Varies according to the program chosen|
|Honors college||1st December|
|First year (regular decision)||1st February|
|First year (early action)||2nd November|
|Transfer (on campus)||1st April|
|Transfer (online)||varies according to the program chosen|
|Transfer- Nursing||15th January|
|Honors College (first year)||1st December (priority)|
1st February (final)
|Honor College (transfer)||3rd May (priority)|
1st June (final)
|Business Scholar||1st December (priority)|
1st February (final)
|Scholarship Priority (first year)||1st December|
University of Illinois International Student Admissions
University of Illinois accepts international applicants provided they meet the minimum eligibility criteria and submit the required documents. Applications must be submitted before the deadlines to be considered for admissions.
- Undergraduate: Coalition Application or Myillini Application
- Graduate: Graduate Application Portal
- 75 USD (Undergraduate Applicant)
- 90 USD (Graduate Applicant)
Admission Requirements: International applicants must satisfy the following requirements to be eligible for the University of Illinois admissions-
- Completed Application
- Copy of Transcripts
- High school/equivalent
- Bachelors/Master’s Degree (Graduate)
- List of courses taken along with grades (Class 9 to Class 12)
- Should be accompanied by certified translations if not in English.
- SAT/ACT Scores
- ACT Code: 1154
- SAT I Code: 1836
- GMAT/GRE Scores for certain graduate programs.
- Certification of Finances
- Proof of financial support (If any)
- Copy of passport
- Essay and/or Personal Statement (Graduate)
- 1 – 3 Letters of recommendation (Graduate)
- Resume (Graduate)
There may be some additional requirements for certain programs:
- Writing Sample
- Audition/ Personal Interview
English Proficiency Test Scores
International applicants with a native language other than English are required to demonstrate English Language Proficiency to study in the USA. Applicants must check the program-specific requirements. The minimum required English Language Test scores for most of the programs are:
|Test||Minimum for Limited Status Admission||Minimum for Full Status Admission|
|Duolingo English Test||105||125|
Visa Process for International Students
International applicants need to apply for an F1 or J1 student visa to study in the USA. Accepted students will be issued an I -20 form by the University of Illinois. Applicants are then required to pay the SEVIS Fee and apply for a student visa at the US embassy at their place of permanent residence.
Documents required for visa application are:
- Valid Passport
- Proof of Financial Support
- Certificate of Finances
- Affidavit of Support
- Current Bank Statement.
- Passport Size Photographs
- Acceptance Letter
- Academic Qualifications
- I-20/DS 2019 form
- Receipt of SEVIS Fee
Once done with all the formalities, schedule and attend the visa interview.
University of Illinois Undergraduate Admission
University of Illinois offers admission to both domestic and international students in over 50 programs like Chemistry, Communication, Economics, Accounts, Research and Experimental Psychology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Computer Engineering, Finance, Computer Science, Statistics, Advertising, Political Science and Government, Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, Chemistry.
The admission process is almost similar for the international and domestic applicants. Although international applications must satisfy some additional requirements.
Where to Apply
University Application Portal(myIllini) or Coalition Application
Application Fee: 90 USD
Admission Requirements: Applicants are required to submit the following documents in order to be eligible for admission at the university.
|Math||3 or 3.5 years (4 are recommended)|
|Social Science||2 years ( 4 are recommended)|
|Lab Science||2 years ( 4 are recommended)|
|Language||2 years ( 4 are recommended)|
|Flexible Academic units||2 years (4 are recommended)|
- Application fee or fee waiver form.
- Self-report the high school courses and grades in application.
- Copy of complete high school transcripts/mark sheets.
- English Proficiency Test Scores (TOEFL, IELTS)
- SAT or ACT Score Report (Not compulsory)
- Original bank letter
- Verification/affidavit of sponsor’s financial support form
- Copy of passport and proof of funding documentation (if requesting I-20 or DS-2019)
- Waiver of confidential Information
- Immunization Requirement
- Submit a portfolio or complete an audition or interview (in case of talent-based majors)
University of Illinois Graduate Admissions
It offers more than 100 graduate programs in the fields of Accountancy, Agriculture, Art, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Chemistry, Computer Science, etc. Admission requirements may vary with the programs. Applicants must check the program-specific requirements.
Application Portal: Graduate Application Portal
Application Fee: 70 USD
Admission Requirements: The program-specific requirements of certain master’s degrees offered by the University of Illinois are tabulated below:
|Requirements||MBA||MS in Computer Science||MS in Journalism||MA in English||MS in Architectural Studies|
|Deadlines||May 30 (Fall)||December 15th (Fall)||October 1 (Spring)|
January 15 (Fall )
|December 2 (Fall)||January 15 (Fall)|
|GRE/GMAT||GMAT||GRE (Optional)||GRE (If minimum education qualifications are not met)||GRE||GRE|
|Letter of Recommendation||Required (2 letters)||Not Required||Required||Required||Required (3 Letters)|
|Professional CV/ Resume||Required||Not Required||Not Required||Not Required||Required|
|Additional Requirements||–||Pre-requisite courses in Computer Science||Personal Interview; Writing Sample||Writing Sample||Portfolio, Relevant Professional Work Experience|
The University of Illinois does a holistic review of applications. International applicants are advised to apply ten months prior to the application deadlines. Applicants can track the application status through the student application portal.