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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.

April 18, 2022 UPDATE: The online submission portal will be available on this page May 2-19, 2022 for Fall 2022 admission consideration. New for Fall 2022 admission, we will no longer require an activities list or résumé submissions. Instead, applicants will submit a short essay discussing their first-year extracurricular activities. See the Applications Requirements/Sections below for more information. 

Current UIUC Student ICT Information Sessions
Admissions Information Sessions

A member of the Gies undergraduate admissions team will lead a 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.

Sessions have ended for the Fall 2022 admission cycle. 

Drop-in Academic Advising

Attend a walk-in 15-minute advising meeting with a Gies academic advisor. These meetings focus on academics; if you want to learn about the admissions process, please visit the "Admissions Information Sessions" section.

Sessions have ended for the Fall 2022 admission cycle.

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 admissions, 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 freshman 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 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 majors:

If you are admitted, you could change your intended major or add a double major during your sophomore year. If you want to apply for Supply Chain Management admission, you would do so once you are a student here in Gies.

NOTE: You also 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. If you are missing a required course, or have outside awarded college credit not yet on your UIUC records, 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 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
  • 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

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.

Academic and Personal Essays

For Fall 2022 admission, there are two required essays and some additional prompts that may pertain to you. 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?
  • 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?
    NEW: Engagement Essay

    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. 

    New for Fall 2022 admission, we will no longer require résumé submissions. Instead, applicants will submit a short essay discussing their first-year extracurricular activities. There also will be a question on the application about employment during the school year. 

    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. 

    While we no longer include a résumé in admission review, 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.
    • Description of unique, personal information that you would like the admission review committee to consider during the review process. 


    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 2022 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, 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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