Off-Campus Transfers (OCT)

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At Illinois, We Mean Business

The Off-Campus Transfer (OCT) process is only for students who are currently enrolled at a higher education institution other than the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and wish to transfer into the College of Business at Illinois.

Due to space limitations, the College of Business only accepts off-campus transfer students for the fall semester and only those who have indicated Business as their first-choice major.

Admission is extremely competitive but we encourage you to apply if you have a solid academic record, demonstrated leadership and communication skills, and have made a significant impact in the organizations you belong to and activities you’re involved in.

Before you apply

PrepareRequired Prerequisite Coursework

Having a plan is the first step. Prepare here.


Discover prerequisite course and GPA requirements, necessary application materials, and term availability for each program of study by reviewing our Transfer Requirement Directory.


Current in-state students—If you’re looking to transfer from one Illinois higher education institution to another, you should also reference iTransfer. If you’ve been attending a community college in Illinois, review our Transfer Articulation Guide.

In order to apply for admission into the College of Business, you will need to have completed the following:

  • Completed your institution’s equivalent courses for each of these University of Illinois courses: 

    • RHET 105: Intro to Composition (usually 2 courses at other institutions)

    • ECON 102: Intro to Microeconomics

    • ECON 103: Intro to Macroeconomics

  • Completed one of the following equivalent pairs of math courses at your current institution:

    • option 1

    • MATH 220 (or 221): Calculus I

    • MATH 231: Calculus II

    • option 2

    • MATH 125: Linear Algebra for Business or MATH 124: Finite Math

    • MATH 220 (or 221): Calculus I

    • option 3

    • MATH 125: Linear Algebra for Business or MATH 124: Finite Math

    • MATH 234: Business Calculus I

  • Completed or be in progress of completing the foreign language transfer requirement:

    • Completion of the 4th level of a single language in high school or 4 semesters at a college or university

  • Completed equivalents of the following courses (ONLY students who’ve completed over 50 credit hours):

    • ACCY 201

    • ACCY 202


Note: If your current institution doesn’t offer one or more of the required courses, attach a letter with your application explaining your situation.


Be sure to check Transferology for equivalencies and review our Transfer Handbook to view the required courses to transfer.

How to apply

Apply Now! Your application and supporting documents must be submitted by midnight CST on March 1 for fall admission. If you’re applying as an incoming sophomore transfer for Fall 2016, we recommend doing so after you complete your Fall 2015 courses. All off-campus transfer students will be notified of a decision by mid-April.

How we review

The College of Business admissions committee will utilize a holistic review process which will assess the entire student record (academic performance, demonstrated analytical and critical thinking skills, leadership ability, work experience and the included essays). Ultimately, the criteria for admission (grade point average, etc.) will be determined by the pool of applicants. The College of Business requires a prospective applicant’s transfer GPA to be between 3.00 and 4.00. However, the average transfer GPA is based on that of the applicant pool; the GPA range for Fall 2015 admitted applicants was 3.60-4.00.

In addition to strong academic performance, the College of Business values leadership skills– students who have made a positive impact in the organizations they belong to and activities they’re involved in. We encourage all applicants to exhibit these skills in all aspects of the application.

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