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Inter-Departmental Transfer (IDT) and Inter-College Transfer (ICT) for the College of Engineering

Wondering if you are you eligible? Check the table below

Who you are

Your College


I joined the UofI as a TRANSFER student in summer 2017 or later (star) (star)
I am in the College of Engineering
Before you start the Portfolio, or consider a change of major within engineering, you MUST see an advisor in 206 ENG HALL. You MUST follow your current program of study in your current major.
I am in another college (non-ENG)
You are not eligible to transfer to an engineering major.
I joined the UofI as a FRESHMAN in summer 2017 or later (star)(star)
I am in the College of Engineering
Before you start the Portfolio, or consider a change of major within engineering, you MUST see an advisor in 206 ENG HALL. You MUST follow your current program of study in your current major.
I am in Pre-Engineering (DGS)
Apply to the College of Engineering (ICT application)
I am in DGS general or in another college (non-ENG) (star)
Apply to Pre-Engineering (DGS) – you are not eligible to directly apply to ENG

(star) Exceptions: for Students who joined as Freshmen in LAS-PHYS, LAS-CS, ACES-ABE: LAS-PHYS to ENG-PHYS, LAS-CS to ENG-CS, ACES-ABE to ENG-AnyMajor will apply directly to ENG (ICT application). For other engineering majors, all students must apply to PREP (e.g. a LAS-PHYS student seeking EE, or a LAS-CS seeking ME must apply to PREP).

(star) (star) If you joined the UofI prior to Summer 2017 email with your UIN to inquire about the process. We will email you back and check your eligibility.

The table below gives you an overview of the Transfer Process

Wondering if you are eligible?Check the more complete information aboveStudents who joined the UofI as non-engineering freshmen will first apply to PREP- Check the information sessions section too for ways to learn more.
Thinking about a major in the college of engineering?Start Your Exploration Portfolio Here (as early as possible)

START your exploration portfolio as soon as you are thinking about an engineering major. It is a helpful tool for your exploration process.

If you are not in PREP or not in ENGR go to

Wondering about the class and grades requirements?Check the College of Engineering Transfer Requirements and the Required Classes to TransferFor Dual degrees, the process starts with the Exploration Portfolio (see new online process-coming up-for incoming freshmen who joined on Fall 2017 or after).
Ready to Apply?Finalize and Submit Your Application HERE

The Fall 18 application deadline was March 1, 2018 at 11:59PM (no Exception).

The Spring 19 application deadline is October 1, 2018 at 11:59PM (no Exception)

How do you hear back?You will be notified by EmailAn update will also be posted on your online application
When do you hear back?

After Grades for the current semester are known.

Before the start of the next semester.

The committee waits for the current semester grades to be posted for most applications.

Allow weeks for the committee to review after grades are posted

Thinking about an Engineering Major? Start your Exploration Portfolio as early as possible

When combined with visits to advisors, the Portfolio will be your personal tool to reflect, and ponder on which major best aligns with your interests. A completed Portfolio is required as part of the application process.

A few things about the Engineering Exploration Portfolio:

  • The Portfolio contains a Specialized GPA, that only takes into account the foundational MATH, PHYS, CHEM classes taken at the UofI and the ENGINEERING classes taken at the UofI. No worries, advisors will have access to all of your grades when reviewing!
  • For the "End-Of-Semester" Self-Assessment, use your End-Of-Spring2018 semester (for Mid-Semester, use any current Mid-Of-Fall2018 semester).
  • Do NOT have two browsers opened on the WebApp, while you edit your answers, or this creates duplicate entries, and can prevent you from submitting your application...

Wondering about the Classes to take and the Requirements to transfer?

All students interested in engineering must take Math/Phys/Chem/Eng classes. See the Suggested Sequence for each curriculum, especially the first two semesters.

Important Notes about Performance and Potential for engineering:

  • Students with grades below B in technical courses are not good candidates for transfer to Engineering, unless those low performances are amended by retaking the course and earning a higher grade, and as discussed with an engineering advisor (students with more than one grade below B should consider non engineering curricula).
  • Students who do not take technical loads that engineering students take each semester (see the Suggested Sequence for each engineering curriculum) are at risk of lowering their chances for transfer (check the College of Engineering Transfer Requirements).
  • Discuss any special circumstances with your current department/college academic advisor.

Ways to learn more? Check Information Sessions (this will be updated periodically)

If you are a FALL 2017 Incoming Freshmen not already in ENG and not already in PREP

Continuing Students and FALL 2017 ENG Freshmen (PREP students had their session in ENG 101)

  • Attend Pre-engineering (PREP) Info Sessions (RSVP to attend)
  • Students will apply to PREP
  • Attend ENG ICT/IDT Info Sessions (RSVP to attend)
  • All Students will apply to ENG via the ICT/IDT WebApp

Advising Team

Advisors are always available to help you explore your options and it is essential you consult with them at any step of your journey. Advisors will be happy to meet with you and discuss your plans, after you explored on your own possible majors, narrowed it down to a few, after you checked the links above regarding majors, course sequence, and transfer requirements. This may answer a LOT of your questions!

  • If you are not in PREP, started at UofI before FA17 or if you are in ENG already, meet a college of engineering advisor: we are in 206 Engineering Hall. See all Colleges.
  • Meet with a departmental advisor for the major(s) you are considering. Meet an engineering departmental advisor for the engineering major you are considering.

Application Process

  • The application consists of your name/UIN/Majors you wish to apply to and your Portfolio.

  • While students have the option to indicate up to three engineering majors they wish to apply to, you do NOT need to indicate three majors (only apply to majors you are genuinely interested in).

  • When ready to apply, submit your application.

  •  Applying after the deadline will automatically delay your application to the following review period for a later semester- No petition will be possible after 11:59PM. 

Please note the following:

  • This application process is only for majors in the College of Engineering. You will need to apply to a different college for other majors (including ChBE, CS + x, and TSM).
  • Majors that are high in demand can only be selected as “top choice” in the petition. Currently, these include BIOE, COMPE, CS, EE, ME.
  • Your application will be reviewed according to how you ranked each major (top, then second, then third). You will only be considered for your second (then third) choice if we cannot accommodate you in your first choice.
  • If your application for transfer is approved, we will not consider a future request from you for another transfer.

Notifications and Decisions

  • After you Submit Your Petition online, you will receive a confirmation email that your petition is submitted.

  • The Committee reviews all applications after grades are available for the current semester.

  •  Students will be notified of the outcome before the start of the semester they apply to (approximate Notification Dates: June 30th for Fall, January 20th for Spring).

  • (*) Students who are taking their last engineering class(es) in summer in order to be considered for fall Transfer (as previously discussed with an advisor in 206 Engineering Hall) will be informed of the outcome before fall semester starts, after summer grades are available.

Dual Degrees (one in the College of Engineering)

  • Engineering students who want to apply for an engineering secondary major will:

  • Non-engineering students who want to apply for an engineering secondary major will:

    • Notify their current college of their intentions (additional paperwork within current college is likely necessary). 

    • Apply for ICT. Make sure to check your eligibility! NOT everyone is eligible.

    • Register here for Dual Degree.

  • College of Engineering students who had to change College for their secondary major - i.e. who had to transfer out of the college of engineering for one year- do not need to re-apply for ICT for their primary major in engineering, but instead fill out this Form and meet an advisor in 206 Engineering Hall.

Dual Degrees (College of Engineering+ILEE)

  • Engineering students who want to apply for the ILEE dual degree will find all information at this Link (you will need an updated resume, an Application ILEE Portfolio and a plan of study). Make sure to also Register here for Dual Degree after you have been accepted.

ENG 101 "Engineering at Illinois"

Engineering At Illinois is an introduction to undergraduate programs of study available in the College of Engineering and the potential careers of graduates of those programs. The course is aimed at PREP students and engineering Undeclared students to help them explore engineering majors. This is a 1-hour course offered in fall semesters. Please consult the Course Schedule for more details.

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