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Transfer Requirements

How strict are the transfer requirements for admission?

It depends on the program and the applicant pool for that term. For a competitive application, you should review and follow the recommendations listed on our transfer guides

While in some cases, it may be possible to be admitted without all the listed recommendations, the information included on the transfer guides helps you prepare the most competitive application for admission.

If I don’t meet the GPA minimum for a program, should I still apply?

In most cases, no. You should work to improve your cumulative GPA before applying. To be considered, you must meet your program’s minimum GPA threshold. In fact, the listed middle 50% GPA in the transfer guide is the competitive range for most admitted students. 

If I don’t have all the course requirements, should I still apply?

You should attempt to meet the course requirements and recommendations, however unless it is specifically stated on the guide there may be some flexibility. In most cases, the more recommended classes you have, the more likely you are to be admitted.

If I’m missing minimum hour requirements?

We recommend completing the recommendations, but the transfer guides include a note about hour requirement flexibility.

Does meeting the minimum requirements guarantee admission?

No, but it guarantees a review of your application. Transfer admission is competitive and there are limited seats available each semester. Your application is reviewed based on the criteria included, and against other applicants in that given application cycle. The most competitive applications will be selected for admission. 

I applied to UIC and was previously denied, can I apply again?

Yes, you can apply for other terms if you have been denied in the past. It is typically helpful to provide new information in order to help your chances of being accepted. For example, this could include a transcript with new grades.

Transcript Requirements

Do you require all transcripts?

Yes, transfer applicants are required to submit college transcripts from all institutions that they have attended.

​What if I can’t obtain transcripts or don’t want to transfer credits from a particular school?

Any previous institutions that were not reported on the application will be added to your checklist of requirements via the National Student Clearinghouse. Exceptions to this policy are very rare and only granted in the case where a school has closed and an official transcript is unavailable. If a previous institution you have attended has a transcript hold on your account it is best to work with them to clear the hold before applying.

Am I required to take the SAT or ACT?

In some cases, applicants may need to provide both a high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores if they have accumulated less than 24 transferable credits.

Fee Waiver

How can I request an application fee waiver?

If you qualify for a fee waiver, select the appropriate waiver type on your application. Once the fee waiver has been requested, you will be able to go on to complete your application. You can monitor the status of your application online to see if further documentation is required. 

Transfering Credits

How many of my credits will transfer?

Your transcripts will be audited once you’ve been admitted. You’ll receive a report (U.ACHIEVE) that will let you know how many credits will transfer. You’ll be able to meet with your academic advisor during Orientation to go over your report and select courses.

Alternatively, you can use Transferology to give you an unofficial idea of how your classes may transfer over to UIC.

What program will take me the least amount of time to complete?

The online resource Transferology can help you run your existing courses against several programs to see how far along you would be at UIC. It gives you an idea of which course requirements you’ve already completed and which you’ll still need to take. We also have a short video that walks you through how to use Transferology.

How many of my credit hours will transfer to UIC?

UIC accepts all transferable credit and there is not a limit in the amount of hours that are accepted, however, it’s important to keep in mind that you must complete a minimum number of hours from UIC to earn a UIC degree, which varies depending on what type of school you are transferring from. A bachelor’s degree is typically 120 or more credit hours. 

  • If your coursework is from a 2-year, associate-granting institution (community college), you must complete the final 60 credit hours at UIC to graduate from UIC. 

  • If your coursework is from a 4-year, bachelor’s-granting institution, you must complete the final 30 credit hours at UIC to graduate from UIC. 

In all cases, this enrollment requirement is a minimum, all other graduation requirements must also be met. 

What if I want to pursue a minor? How will my credits apply to that?

You’ll have to complete at least one-half of the course requirements for the minor you’re interested in at UIC.


Does UIC have scholarships for transfer students?

Yes, you will automatically be considered for departmental scholarships when submitting your application.

Are there any merit based scholarships I can apply for?

Transfer students are eligible to apply for the Phi Theta Kappa, and Transfer Merit Tuition Award. Visit the Honors College website to learn more.


Does UIC accept international credits?

Yes, we do.

Are there any unique requirements for international students?

International students may be required to submit English proficiency test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE are accepted). See the international requirements for details. 

Are international students able to submit fee waivers?

At this time, fee waivers are not accepted for international applicants.


Does UIC offer night, weekend, or online classes? Full programs?

Most undergraduate programs are offered primarily in person and during daytime work hours (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.). While individual classes may be offered in online or blended formats, or in the evenings or weekends, the majority of programs cannot be completed entirely online or during non-peak hours. Programs designed to be online are the exception to this.

What is the difference between second bachelor’s, double major, and double degree?

  • Double Major - One bachelor's degree with two majors from the same academic college

  • Double Degree - Two bachelor’s degrees that are completed at the same time. This can be within the same college or across two separate colleges.

  • Second Bachelors - This is for students who have already completed their first bachelor’s degree and are interested in applying for a second. Admission for a second bachelor’s is restricted based on the program.

Does UIC have an honors program?

Yes, you can apply to the Honors College in your UIC application or by reaching out to the Honors College if you’ve already submitted an application.

Can I receive a refund of my application fee?

We are unable to provide refunds.

I believe my circumstances are unique, how can I share this with the admissions team?

UIC offers a holistic review process that considers grade trends, and the content of your courses. You can share additional information about yourself during the essay portion of the application, or via letters of recommendation. The application itself is the place to make your case for admission.

I have not been enrolled in school for many years, how should I approach the requirements?

The first step would be to take a look at the available majors and decide what degree you’d like to pursue. Visit the transfer requirements website to learn more about requirements and deadlines. It’s important that you reach out to all previous colleges you have attended and ask for official transcripts to be sent to UIC.

Most importantly, reach out if you have any questions. We’re here to help.

Can I appeal the decision on my application?

The appeal process is reserved for applicants that have compelling new information that wasn’t included in the original application. If you have new information, such as new grades, that you believe should be considered you can submit a petition.

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How should I decide whether to send scores?

If you have taken the SAT or ACT, and you feel that your test scores adequately reflect your abilities, we encourage you to send them to us and to not select a test-optional review.

If you have not taken the exams, or if you are concerned that your scores do not reflect your academic preparation for college, you have the option to select a test-optional review. We do not encourage anyone to test for the purpose of admission at UIC, there is no advantage in the admission process to submitting test scores. 

How is the review process different if I do not submit my test scores?

The test-optional review is not fundamentally different than the test-inclusive review. It is important to understand that selecting the test optional review will not put you at a disadvantage for our review process. Applications will be reviewed holistically with or without test scores. You can review application decision criteria on our first-year requirements page.

How do I tell UIC that I am interested in being reviewed without test scores?

When completing the UIC-specific questions on the Common Application, you will be asked for your “Preferred Testing Plan” where you can select if you would like to include your scores with your application. Selecting yes or no will determine whether or not test scores will be used in your application review. 

Please note, if you select a test optional review, UIC Admissions will not consider your ACT or SAT test scores, even if you send, or have previously sent ACT or SAT scores.

If you do not select test-optional, the scores will be considered and required.

Can I change my mind after making a selection for test-optional?

Yes, you can. However, applying test-optional does not place any applicant at a disadvantage in the review process and we do not encourage students to test for the purpose of admission at UIC. However, if your plans change and you wish to alter your designation between test-optional and test-inclusive, and you have not yet received a decision on your application, you may utilize the petition process to make this request. The petition form is located in your application status portal

I want to apply Early Action, but my test score will not be available until after November 2. Should I apply test-optional?

While our Early Action deadline is November 1, we do allow 3-5 days for all items to be received. However, applicants who are awaiting materials are not denied. If you apply Early Action and remain incomplete, we will simply change your application to Regular Decision. You may still receive an earlier decision, it just may not be by December 1.

Frequently Asked Questions — Other items

Will I still be eligible for merit scholarships if I do not submit scores?

Yes. Test-optional applicants are eligible for review for merit scholarships without any disadvantage. Apply by the Early Action deadline for priority consideration for scholarships. See for scholarship criteria. 

Will I be able to be considered for UIC’s special programs like the Guaranteed Professional Programs Admissions initiative (GPPA), Honors College?

Yes. Applicants to the Honors College and the Guaranteed Professional Programs Admissions initiative (GPPA) will be considered without a test score. Your review will not be at a disadvantage by selecting test-optional. 

If I am international or home schooled, can I still choose test optional review?

Yes. All first-year applicants will have the option to choose a test-optional review.  

Please note, some international applicants may still be required to demonstrate English proficiency through other tests. See international requirements for details. 

What if I am denied? Can I change my review option and try again?

See our Denied Students FAQ for details on options after a denial decision. 

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Test-Optional Choice for First Year Applicants

Applicants who have SAT or ACT scores may still submit them if they choose. More information about our application process is available on our First Year admissions requirements and Test Optional FAQ pages. 

Application Credentials Submission

  • Please send all required application credentials electronically when possible, we are still accepting paper mail but the quickest method is by taking advantage of electronic transcript services where available.
  • If you are unable to secure electronic transcripts and have requested official documents to be sent to us by mail, you can upload unofficial copies of your transcripts to your application status portal. If you are offered admission, we will require official transcripts prior to enrollment.  

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Visit Discover UIC, our page for prospective students, or visit UICBOUND, our virtual resources page for admitted students. 

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  • Not yet applied but ready to learn more about UIC? Prospective students can reach an admissions counselor available through live chat Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. — 4:30 p.m., with abbreviated hours on Wednesday from 9 a.m. — 3: p.m. Chat is also available on our Discover UIC page.
  • Already applied but have questions about your application? Current applicants can reach Admissions via Zoom daily between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday. Applicants may also contact us by email with any questions about their current application.
  • Do you need to send documents or supporting materials for your application? You can email attachments to (Undergraduate applicants) or (Graduate applicants).
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Due to the volume of messages received and available staff, response time may take up to six business days during our peak application periods and around holidays.

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Parent FAQs

How does my student receive financial aid?

All students wishing to receive financial aid are required to 1) submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to UIC and 2) must have their correct social security number on file.

FAFSA recommends that students and their parents prepare and submit the form as soon as possible after January 1st. UIC’s priority deadline for completing the FAFSA is March 1st.

The social security number should be on file with UIC in order for Financial Aid to connect the FAFSA information to the student account. If the social security number was not entered on the application or was entered incorrectly, please contact the Office of Admissions at (312) 996-4350 for further instructions.

When is a high school transcript considered "official"?

In order for UIC to accept a high school transcript, it needs to come directly from your child’s high school. The transcript may be mailed in a sealed envelope directly from the high school or submitted through a secure transcript service such as Docufide or E-Script. UIC will accept a hand-delivered transcript at the Office of Admissions only if it is in an unopened envelope that was clearly sealed by the high school.

When are ACT/SAT scores considered "official"?

UIC encourages students to submit ACT/SAT test scores electronically directly from the testing agency. The UIC code for the ACT is 1155. The UIC code for the SAT is 1851. Test scores presented on official high school transcripts may also be accepted.

What factors do you consider in making admissions decisions?

UIC takes a holistic approach when reviewing each application, because we feel that selecting students requires a careful and individualized review of each applicant’s credentials. Consideration is given to high school GPA and the strength of the high school schedule, ACT scores, class rank, personal statement, and any other documents that are provided. If a student chooses to submit recommendation letters, a list of extracurricular activities, or any other supporting documents they will also be considered during the review process.

What can my student do to strengthen their application?

UIC looks for well-rounded students who possess a strong high school transcript which includes A and B grades in college preparatory courses. Taking advantage of Honors and Advance Placement courses is also recommended, as well as involvement in extracurricular activities.

Does UIC consider legacies?

No, parents or siblings that have graduated from or currently attend UIC will not impact the review process.

When will my student receive an admissions decision?

The admissions committee carefully reviews each application individually. Due to the holistic review approach, this process does take some time to complete. A majority of the decisions will be issued between the January 15th application deadline and the end of March, because applications are reviewed based on the strength of the applicant pool as a whole. This is not a hard deadline, however, and if your child has not received a decision by the end of March you can contact the Admissions Office at (312) 996-4350 for further details regarding a decision time frame.

What can be done if my student was denied?

Denied First Year applicants have three options:

  • Applicants may appeal an unfavorable decision if they have compelling new information that was not considered during the initial review. The applicant must complete the form located here and upload all supporting documentation. Appeals are considered through April 15 for Fall semester and December 1 for Spring semester. For decisions issued after those dates, an appeal must be received within two weeks of the decision letter. 
  • Transfer to UIC at a later term. If your child is considering other universities or community colleges, it is possible to apply as a transfer student to UIC. The transfer admissions process requires a minimum of 24 transferable credit hours completed at the time of application and a minimum of 36 transferable credit hours completed by the time the applicant would transfer into UIC. See full transfer admissions requirements.
  • As long as your child does not attend another college or university, they may reapply for the following fall term. First year applicants are not considered for the spring term. Any student who attends another college or university is considered a transfer applicant and would not be eligible to reapply as a First Year student.
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