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We are currently accepting transfer applications for spring, summer and fall 2018.

Transfer Application

You’ve done your research, explored your options, and know that Illinois State is your new home. Now it’s time to apply.

  • Before You Apply
  • Admissions Requirements
  • Deadlines
  • Application Fee

You should have all this ready before you start your application:

  • Social Security Number (if you have one).
  • Courses you are taking or will take before you come to Illinois State.
  • Intended major or program, if you have chosen one.
  • Optional personal statement, if you feel this is right for you.

If you have earned fewer than 24 semester hours at the time you apply, you will also need:

  • ACT or SAT score.
  • Cumulative high school and college GPA.

The average GPA for transfer students admitted for the 2016 academic year was a 3.1 on a 4.0 scale.

Many programs have required and recommended courses and minimum GPA requirements, in addition to the University requirements listed below. Please review the program requirements for your intended major before you apply.

Transfer students with a minimum 2.4 GPA may be admitted to the University as undeclared if program prerequisites were not met or if space is not available in the preferred major. Students with 75 or more semester hours completed will not be admitted as undeclared.

What Admissions considers:

Other considerations:

If you are a transfer student with fewer than 24 semester hours at the time you apply, you will also need:

  • High school transcript (cumulative GPA, grade trends, and rigor of courses completed)
  • Official ACT or SAT scores sent from the testing agency
  • GED scores (if non-high school graduate)
    • Test-takers must score a minimum of 150 on each part of the GED
    • Cumulative score of at least 600 for all four tests
    • If all four sections were completed prior to December 31, 2013:
      • Minimum score of 410 on each of the five tests
      • Average battery score of 450

Please note: Remedial coursework will not be taken into consideration when calculating the admission GPA or the number of semester hours earned at the time of application.

An associate's degree does not guarantee admission.

General coursework recommendations

We encourage all transfer students to complete the course equivalents of the following courses before they enroll at Illinois State:

  • Introductory-level composition (ENG 101),
  • Intermediate-level composition (ENG 145),
  • Introductory-level speech (COM 110), and
  • An IAI-approved math course (non-remedial, transferable math).

Many programs have required and recommended courses and minimum GPA requirements, in addition to the University requirements listed below. Please review the  program requirements for your intended major  before you apply.

The Illinois Basic Skills Test is encouraged for all students pursuing any type of education major. Passing this exam prior to transferring to Illinois State helps you to be on track in your major.

Foreign language graduation requirements

It is helpful for transfer students who wish to pursue a major in the  College of Arts and Sciences or any bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree to complete foreign language graduation requirements prior to attending Illinois State.

The College of Arts and Sciences requirement may be met by:

  • Three years of one language in high school
  • OR completion of the second semester (LAN 112) or higher of a college-level foreign language (including American Sign Language) with a grade of C or better.

B.A. candidates must successfully complete three semesters (through LAN 115) OR pass a course proficiency test. These are required for graduation, not admission.

Illinois State's preferred filing period for transfer students for the fall term is September 1–January 15. For spring, the preferred filing period is April 1–August 1. You are encouraged to apply early in the preferred filing period for best consideration for admission into competitive majors.

If you apply and submit all required documents during the preferred filing period, you will have the opportunity to participate in advanced course registration . If you apply after the preferred filing period, you may be admitted as space permits on a rolling basis.

Applications are considered incomplete until all necessary documents, including transcripts, have been received. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Term of enrollment                 

Preferred filing period

Application deadline                 

Requirement document deadline

Summer and fall

September 1–   
January 15                 

April 1

June 1


June 1–August 1

As space permits*

As space permits*

*Subject to change without notice

Admission decisions are made on a modified rolling basis. Deadlines are subject to change.

New students are required to submit a $50 nonrefundable application fee or documentation for an application fee waiver. Your application will not be processed until the application fee or fee waiver verification is received. This fee or waiver must be received by the supporting document deadline.

The fee will not be returned to applicants who are denied admission or applicants who fail to submit the necessary information for an admission decision.

Fee waiver

Applicants who may qualify for the fee waiver include:

  • Those who may qualify for an economic hardship waiver
  • Veterans or active military service personnel
  • Former ISU students returning to the same degree level
  • Permanent employees and retirees of Illinois State University

The fee can be waived for students qualifying for economic hardship in one of two ways:

  • Students may submit a copy of their FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) showing their Expected Family Contribution is zero
  • Community college counselors may verify an economic hardship fee waiver using our fee waiver form

These documents can be emailed to Admissions@IllinoisState.edu or faxed to (309) 438-8192.


Please contact the Office of Admissions if you have any questions about your application or the application process at (800) 366-2478.

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