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Intercollegiate Transfer to Gies Business

The Intercollegiate Transfer (ICT) process is for first-year students who are currently enrolled in an academic program at Illinois and wish to pursue a Gies undergraduate degree.

Please note that the Gies ICT process can occur only at the end of a student’s first year at Illinois, due to graduation requirements. It’s important to review the information below and to talk to your current academic advisor early on about this option.

The Fall 2021 application portal is now closed. Applicants can use their submission confirmation email to access their application. 

Pass COVID/No Pass COVID (PZ/NZ) Considerations
ICT and PZ/NZ credit
  • Spring 2021 college credit that is earned through “PZ” will be viewed similarly to credit earned through other avenues (AP or IB test scores, proficiency exams, etc.)
  • The College will continue to use a holistic approach to admission application review, using the factors as noted on the Gies ICT information page.
  • The admission review committee looks at individual coursework and corresponding grades or credit as presented, not GPA specifically. “PZ” may allow for students to receive a high overall GPA for the semester; however, GPAs are not a primary factor in the admission review process.
  • While applicants will not be penalized for choosing “PZ”, earned letter grades that demonstrate strong performance (i.e., As and Bs) will be looked upon favorably and could help strengthen a student’s application.
  • Students will want to consider if an earned letter grade demonstrates stronger competency than “PZ”, given that a D- grade is all that is needed to earn PZ credit for Spring 2021. Applicants are strongly encouraged to talk with their academic advisor prior to making a final decision about the PZ/NZ option for course credit this spring.
ICT Information Sessions
Admissions Information Sessions

All information sessions for Fall 2021 admissions have been completed. Upcoming Fall 2022 admissions information sessions will be posted in August. 

Drop-in Academic Advising

Drop-in advising has been completed for the Spring 2021 semester. Fall 2022 options will be posted in August. If you have questions about your coursework, please contact your current academic advisor.

Eligibility and Review Process
Can I transfer into Gies?

There is a competitive intercollegiate transfer (ICT) application process for first-year Illinois students who would like to pursue a Gies undergraduate degree or a dual degree. Illinois students wanting to declare a dual degree in their current major and Business would need Gies to be their home/primary college due to course registration restrictions and therefore need to apply for ICT admission.

Applicants must be:

  • A first-year current student
  • Have at least 24 completed or in progress credit hours
  • Have 2 completed or in progress semesters of full-time enrollment at UIUC

Students who have deferred their admission from Fall 2020 to Spring 2021 due to COVID-19 should contact our office to discuss their options for an application timeline.

You are not eligible for ICT if:

  • You have taken more than two semesters of full-time coursework at the University of Illinois, or
  • you have already completed the off-campus transfer admissions process and are enrolled in another program at Illinois.

(If you are not eligible, look into our Gies Business Minor or our Gies one-year master’s degree programs.)

Can admission be guaranteed?

Due to space limitations and the strength of the applicant pool each year, we are unable to guarantee admission, regardless of GPA and/or course completion.

How does the admission review process work?

The ICT admissions committee employs a holistic process to review applications based on collegiate academics and course completion, essays, activities, and a formal résumé. More details on each area are provided in the Application Sections area. Your high school grades, ACT/SAT/TOEFL test scores, or any other items from your freshman application are not considered. 

In addition, program choice is not a factor in the admission review process; admission review is the same for all majors. Also, there are no specific space limits to each major.

Why is course completion important?

Gies undergraduate programs must be completed in no more than 9 full-time semesters and require a significant number of Gies courses. Therefore, early completion of prerequisite courses and general education requirements helps students maintain degree progression within the semester limit for graduation.

Deadlines & Timelines
What is the timeline for the ICT admission process?

Students apply for ICT at the end of spring semester of their freshman year to be considered for fall admission. Application review will begin once spring semester final exams and grades are complete at the end of May. Students will be notified of their admission decision by the end of June.

Students who have deferred their freshman admission from Fall 2020 to Spring 2021 due to COVID-19 should contact our office to discuss their options for an application timeline.

Do you take applications for fall and spring entry?

Due to curricula format, we only take applications in the spring semester for fall admission. We do not take spring entry applicants.

When is the ICT application available, and where do I submit it?

The online submission portal will be available on this page in late spring for each admissions cycle.

Application Requirements/Sections
Major selection

You will need to apply directly to one of the following Gies Business majors:

Admitted students are still be able to change their intended major during their sophomore year. If you want to apply for Supply Chain Management admission, you would do so once you are a student here in Gies Business.

Required and recommended coursework

Courses are considered complete by having taken the course or its equivalent at Illinois or another institution or through AP/IB test score credit. If you are missing a required course, you are encouraged to provide an explanation in your application, as required course completion is a strong factor in admission review.

For first-year students who entered UIUC in Fall 2020, the following required courses must be completed by end of Spring 2021:

  • Composition I
  • ECON 102 - Microeconomics (ACE 100 can be substituted)
  • ECON 103 - Macroeconomics
  • Calculus; Business Calculus; or math sequence leading up to Calculus based on ALEKS placement exam

For first-year students entering UIUC in Fall 2021, the following required courses must be completed by end of Spring 2022:

  • Composition I
  • ECON 102 - Microeconomics (ACE 100 can be substituted)
  • ECON 103 - Macroeconomics
  • MATH 115, Preparation for Calculus; MATH 220, Calculus; MATH 221, Calculus I; MATH 231, Calculus II; MATH 234, Calculus for Business I; or STAT 100, Statistics

CMN 101, CS 105, and significant progress toward Language Other than English are not requirements, but are recommended to help prepare students for success at Gies if admitted.

In addition, completion of general education requirements will be considered during the review process. For assistance, you can view the Gies Student general education guide and run your own degree audit for a Business Undeclared major to see your progression.

We suggest that your course schedule reflect the requirements and recommendations of your current major or your other major options. Please consult with your current academic advisor to determine your course schedule and what will be the best selection for you. Gies admission is highly selective; therefore, it is best to have more than one academic major under consideration, which may have different ICT requirements/recommendations.


For Fall 2021 admission, there are two required essays and one optional statement. We recommend getting your essays reviewed by the University’s Writers Workshop prior to submission.

  • Professional essay (200-400 word limit): Why does your requested major fit best with your current interests? What are your aspirations and goals, and how would you like to develop professionally?
  • Personal essay (200-400 word limit): Unrelated to academics or to business, what do you value? What personal interests, hobbies, or life experiences contribute to those values and how you want to grow personally during your time in college?
  • Additional statement (optional): You should provide additional information here if you: 1) would like to explain hardships you faced due to COVID-19 during your freshman year; 2) would like to explain lower academic grades and/or circumstances that affected your academic performance; 3) will not complete one or more required courses prior to the end of this spring semester; or 4) have unique, personal information that you would like the admission review committee to consider during the review process. Statements should be 200 words or less.
Involvement and engagement activities

Gies Business appreciates engagement and involvement while in college, whether it be with an RSO, a part-time job, or another area that is important to you. We understand that 2021-22 activities may have been limited by COVID-19 social safety protocols, so this will be taken into consideration during the review process. If you would like, you can provide an explanation in the additional statement.


Your résumé will be reviewed for content and format, and it should highlight your skills and experiences. It can include both college and high school activities and involvement but should more strongly emphasize your college experiences. We encourage you to utilize the university’s Career Center or your college/department’s career services center to have your résumé reviewed prior to submitting your application. 

You should list your current major or academic program and the GPA you have on your academic record at the time you apply. Do not list an anticipated major or GPA. Our office will include your official GPA on your application once spring semester grades are finalized.

Academic Advising and Planning Assistance
Potential transfer implications

Changing majors may significantly affect other areas of your education, so it’s important to understand those possible implications. Transferring to Gies may mean: 

  • Potential tuition rate and/or scholarship changes. Please review the Tuition & Fee Rates provided by the Office of the Registrar, and reach out to the Office of Student Financial Aid if you have questions about possible changes to your award packages. 
  • Summer, winter, or transfer coursework. Gies students have a firm semester limit to complete their undergraduate degree. This means you may need to take additional coursework to stay within that required timeline.
  • Dual degree limitations. Due to our graduation timeline requirement, it may not be feasible for you to complete a dual degree with a Gies major and one outside of Gies. Please consult with your current academic advisor on the feasibility of doing so.
Academic advising help

You can:

  • Work closely with your current academic advisor on course selection based on both the requirements and suggestions listed above, as well as other potential majors you may pursue.
  • Contact our Gies Undergraduate Admissions team for logistical ICT questions (about the application, requirements, deadline, etc.).
  • Attend one of the ICT information sessions led by Gies admissions staff each semester, as listed above.
  • Drop in to a quick, 15-minute advising appointment with a Gies academic advisor, as noted above.
Fall 2021 course selection

For fall course registration, you should sign up for classes based on conversations with your current advisor, as if you were continuing in your current program/academic unit. If you are admitted, an academic advisor in Gies Business will review your schedule and contact you about any needed changes. We hold spaces in specific courses for ICT students, so you will be able to get into the business classes you need for the fall.

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