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Intercollegiate Transfer to Gies Business

The Intercollegiate Transfer (ICT) process is for first-year UIUC students who are currently enrolled in an academic program 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 2023 application portal will be open May 2 and close May 18, 2023, at 11:59 pm. Application button will be "Now Open" once available. 

Fall 2024 application information will be available August 1, 2023.

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Current UIUC Student ICT Information Sessions
Admissions Information Sessions

For current students: A member of the Gies undergraduate admissions team will lead an online discussion about application timeline and requirements followed by a Q&A session. Sessions typically last 30-45 minutes. Attendance is neither required nor a factor in a student's admission decision. The same information is shared in each meeting.

Preregistration is required through the links below; after registering, you will receive an email confirmation and link to the Zoom meeting. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 5 pm
Thursday, February 23, 2023 at 3 pm 
Wednesday, March 8, 2023 at 4 pm 
Tuesday, April 4, 2023 at 3 pm 
Thursday, April 13, 2023 at 5 pm 

For HS seniors: If you are interested in learning more about the ICT process to Gies Business, please sign up for a session below.

Tuesday, February 21 at 4 pm
Wednesday, March 22 at 4 pm 
Tuesday, April 18 at 4 pm

Drop-in Academic Advising

Current students can attend an ICT express advising appointment with a Gies advisor if they have quick course-related questions. These appointments are a maximum of 15 minutes and handled on a walk-in basis.

Dates: Thursdays, February 2 – April 20
No meetings: March 16
Hours: 2 – 4 p.m. 
Location: Division of General Studies, Illini Union Bookstore, Floor 5

Eligibility and Review Process
Can I transfer into Gies?

There is a competitive transfer application process for first-year UIUC students who would like to pursue a Gies undergraduate degree or a dual degree. 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, should apply for Gies ICT admission.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a first-year current student at UIUC
  • Have completed two semesters of full-time enrollment/at least 24 graded credit hours at UIUC by end of spring semester
  • Students who have deferred their UIUC admission from fall to spring entry 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 UIUC, or
  • You have already completed the off-campus transfer admissions process and are enrolled in another program at UIUC.

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

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, and other submitted information. More details are provided in the Application Sections area below. High school grades, ACT/SAT/TOEFL test scores, or any other items from a student's initial university admission application are not considered. 

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.

Recommendations from faculty, staff, or personal contacts are not a part of the review process and therefore are not accepted.

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. 

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 required and general education courses helps students maintain degree progression within the semester limit for graduation. 

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

Students apply for ICT at the end of spring semester of their first year at UIUC 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 UIUC admission from fall to spring entry 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 majors:

Major Considerations

Changing majors or double majors: If you are admitted, you could change your intended major or add a double major during your sophomore year.  

Supply Chain Management major: If you want to apply for Supply Chain Management admission, you would do so once you are a student here in Gies. In the meantime, you would need to apply and be admitted to one of the programs listed above. 

+DS majors: You can apply for direct ICT admission to a +DS major if you meet some additional requirements (noted in the Required and Recommendation Coursework section). If you have not done so, you should apply to a non- +DS major; you can work towards the +DS requirements if admitted to Gies.  

Dual degrees: You will need to indicate on the application if you intend to pursue dual degrees (one Gies major and another major outside of Gies). Pursuing dual degrees is not always possible, based on both programs’ coursework and graduation requirements. Prior to application submission, we recommend discussing your intentions with your current academic advisor to see if dual degrees are options for you.  

Required and Recommended Coursework

Courses are considered complete by having taken the course or its equivalent at UIUC or another institution or through AP/IB test score credit. It is the applicant’s responsibility to assure that all outside awarded college credit (i.e., AP/IB test credit or college credit from other institutions) is included in their official UIUC records.

Required for all majors except +Data Science
For first-year students entering UIUC in Fall 2022, the following required courses must be completed by end of Spring 2023:

  • Composition I
  • ECON 102 - Microeconomics (ACE 100 can be substituted)
  • ECON 103 - Macroeconomics
  • One of the following: 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

Required for +Data Science majors
For first-year students entering UIUC in Fall 2022, the following required courses must be completed by end of Spring 2023: 

  • Composition I 
  • ECON 102 - Microeconomics (ACE 100 can be substituted) 
  • ECON 103 - Macroeconomics 
  • CS/IS/STAT 107: Data Science Discovery 
  • One of the following: MATH 234, Calculus for Business (recommended); MATH 220, Calculus; or MATH 221, Calculus 1 

Recommended for all majors
CMN 101 and completing the third level of Language Other than English are not requirements, but are recommended to help prepare students for success at Gies if admitted. CS 105 is a recommended course for all majors except +Data Science. 

In addition, we encourage you to make progress on general education coursework. 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.

Academic, Interests, and Engagement Essays

There are three required essays. We recommend getting your essays reviewed by the University’s Writers Workshop prior to submission.

  • Academic 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?
  • Interests 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?
  • Engagement essay (200-400 word limit): During your first year in college, what significant activities have you been involved in and why were they meaningful to you? This could be related to a part-time job, a student club/organization, volunteer/community work, family responsibility, or any other non-classroom activity.

The review committee 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. There is no requirement, preference, or higher priority given for students to be in a specific business organization. We want you to pursue activities that you enjoy, and to think quality over quantity. 

While a résumé is not a part of admission review (submitting one is not an option), you may find it helpful to work with the university’s Career Center or your college/department’s career services center to create a one. A résumé could help you determine which activities were important and meaningful for you this past year, and it also would be useful for any career fairs, job opportunities, or applications you may be considering.

Additional Considerations

Additional considerations prompts (200 words or less): You should answer one or more of the following prompts as they may pertain to you:

  • Explanation of low grades and/or circumstances that affected your academic performance. 
  • Explanation for not completing one or more required courses prior to the end of this spring semester.
  • Explanation and description of college credit that is not yet on your UIUC academic record.
  • Description of unique, personal information that you would like the admission review committee to consider during the review process.
  • Optional Prompt - Did you work during the school year? If yes, provide a description of your job and indicate the number of hours you worked per week or per semester.
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.
  • Study Abroad programs. If you are interested in studying abroad for a semester as a Gies student, please make sure you are considering that in your graduation plan as it may impact course options. You will want to plan early and talk with your current academic advisor to start considering this possibility. We encourage you to make two graduation plans, one as if you were to study abroad, and one as if you do not as a backup. If you have questions about Gies Global study abroad programs, you can contact our Gies Global office directly at 217-244-7245 or
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 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.
2022 and 2023 course selection

For Fall 2022 and Spring 2023, you should work with your current academic advisor to schedule appropriate classes for Gies ICT consideration and other majors you are considering. 

For Fall 2023 course registration, you should sign up for classes based on your advisor conversations and, as if you were continuing in your current program/academic unit. If you are admitted, a Gies academic advisor 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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