Intercollege Transfers

You need a competitive streak, a healthy dose of campus involvement, and some chutzpah to get into the College of Business through the Intercollege Transfer Process. Got what it takes? Good, because it’s competitive due to space limitations. In fact, in 2012–2013, 356 students applied; 211 were admitted.

That said, your application is reviewed on a holistic basis, using the same criteria used to evaluate freshman applicants. We’ll evaluate your personal and professional essays, demonstrated leadership (at UIUC and high school), academic performance at UIUC, completion of required courses, and campus involvement (majorly important).


How to apply.

The ICT application will be available online during application dates only. When you apply, use a PC (not a Macintosh), and don’t submit resumes in pdf format. Each essay has a 4,000-character limit—including spaces and punctuation.

Apply for Intercollege Transfer at the following link:


Important dates.

The application period for freshmen who entered in fall 2013 has closed. The application for freshmen who entered the university in fall 2014 will open May 4-22, 2015 (Decisions will be sent on Friday June 19, 2015 by 5pm).

This was the only time freshmen who started at UIUC in Fall 2014 can apply to transfer to the College of Business.

Upcoming Information Sessions

Tuesday, January 27-11:00 a.m. in 1049 Business Instructional Facility

Thursday, January 29-11:00 a.m. in 1049 Business Instructional Facility

Wednesday, March 11-11:00 a.m. 3009 Business Instructional Facility

Thursday, March 12-11:00 a.m. 1049 Business Instructional Facility

Meetings typically last between 30 and 45 minutes. It is NOT mandatory to attend an Information Session to be eligible for transfer.



  • ICT students are admitted to the College only once during the academic year. Once you’re accepted, you’ll join the College of Business during the fall semester after your freshman year.

Credit hours

  • You must have completed at least 24 credit hours and 2 full-time semesters at UIUC.
  • Only credit hours earned to meet the one-year residency requirement will be counted. Advanced Placement, IB, and proficiency credits won’t be counted (but we’ll accept AP credit that covers course requirements).


All of these must be completed before applying.

  • ECON 102
  • ECON 103
  • Math Requirement (choose one of the following):
    • MATH 234 and MATH 125 (or 124)
    • MATH 220 (or 221) and MATH 125 (or 124)
    • MATH 220 (or 221) and MATH 231

If you place into a math lower than MATH 125, you’ll be evaluated on the first two math courses before applying to the College of Business.

Spring Course Registration

Aside from the required courses for transfer listed above, it is recommended that your spring schedule of courses reflects the requirements of your current major. It is not necessary for you to enroll in other Business Core courses during the spring of your freshman year. It will not increase the likelihood of you being admitted to the College of Business. Please consult with your current major advisor to determine your spring schedule of courses.

Course substitutions

These alternative classes may meet the course pattern for admission.

  • ACE 100 will substitute for ECON 102
  • ECON 101 satisfies both ECON 102 and 103 requirements
  • MATH 220 (or any higher-level calculus class) will substitute for MATH 234


While there’s no minimum GPA required for applying, like we said, it’s competitive and based on the applicant pool.

Cumulative GPA for ICT students admitted for Fall 2014

  • 3.81–4.0: 42.4%
  • 3.61–3.8: 42.9%
  • 3.41–3.6: 8.8%
  • 3.30–3.4: 2.4%
  • 3.29 and below: 3.5%


A copy of your current resume is required as part of your application.


Along with your resume, submit the following essays. Each essay should be between 300 and 500 words.

  • Personal Statement

What unique traits or personal characteristics will make you a successful business leader? What have you done to demonstrate your leadership potential? What clubs or organizations are you involved with? What’s your role?

  • Professional Statement

How will the College of Business fit into your future professional goals?

  • Additional Information (optional)

Have you had any special circumstances that have impacted your academic performance and/or progress?