The Intercollegiate Transfer (ICT) process is for undergraduate students who are currently enrolled in an academic program at ILLINOIS and wish to transfer into the iSchool.
***BS/IS Spring 2020 Update***
To be consistent with campus policy, courses taken during the Spring 2020 semester as credit/no credit will not impact our evaluation of your BS/IS application. The BS/IS ICT application requirements and due dates remain the same (see below). We will continue to review applications holistically to determine a student's individual potential for success within the major. We look for strong academic performance (overall and within IS and related coursework), understanding of IS as a field, connection of IS to student interests and future goals, and involvement.
Credit earned in required courses taken in Spring 2020 for Credit/No Credit will be viewed similarly to credit earned for required courses in other ways (AP, IB, proficiency, etc.). Students are encouraged to work with their current academic advisor and an IS advisor to determine the appropriateness of pursuing either a grade or Credit/No Credit for their coursework.
For the highest consideration, students should apply by the priority deadline (if applicable). Applications past priority deadline will be considered until the application deadline for each semester, based on capacity in the major (rolling review).
2020 Fall Entry Dates:
March 10 Application Available
June 10 Priority Deadline Notification: End of June
August 10 Final Deadline Notification: First Day of Fall
2021 Spring Entry Dates:
October 10 Application Available
January 10 Final Deadline Notification: First Day of Spring~ No priority deadline planned; Subject to change (confirmed in Fall 2020)
Future Considerations (After Spring 2021): Timeline will be updated in future semesters.
Prospective iSchool ICTs should be aware that applying and meeting the stated requirements does not guarantee transfer. Admission to the BSIS program is competitive and may be limited due to enrollment maximums.
The following will be required for ICT/Dual-Degree into the B.S. Information Sciences major:
Students must attend an ICT Session to be eligible. All sessions will be held virtually on Zoom. You must register to record attendance. We will provide you with helpful details about the iSchool, degree, and the ICT requirements and application process. Attendance at one of these sessions is required to be eligible to apply. Please register in advance for one of the sessions. Sessions will be available weekly at the times below:
If the times above do not work, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate a time that will work!
IS Advising Meeting:
Applications may be submitted if requirements are currently in progress, but will be completed by the end of the semester (we will wait until the semester is complete to review applications with pending requirements)
- 3.00 cumulative GPA (recommended)*
- 2 IS courses at ILLINOIS complete for a letter grade (required)
- Grades of B or higher for all IS courses (recommended)*
- Spring 2020 Adjustment: To be consistent with campus policy, courses taken during the Spring 2020 semester as credit/no credit will not impact our evaluation of your BS/IS application.
- Courses must be listed as IS (or officially cross-listed with IS)
- We allow one of the two courses to be INFO if not cross-listed with IS (only exception, the other course must be IS)
- Must be taken through the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus
- 24+ hours complete (required)
- Must have time remaining to complete degree requirements
*We will consider all applications submitted, even if below the minimum requirements listed above. Our application review is holistic (we will consider portions beyond the academic performance)~ see "Review" section below.
Students will submit all answers within our online application (please check above section for the Timeline).
- Updated Resume
- Application Questions
(The below questions are EXAMPLES of what may be asked on the application~ we are finalizing these questions and will update when available)
- ICT or Dual-Degree
- Dual-Degree requires additional approval and planning if accepted
- Discuss your reasons for wanting to major in Information Sciences.
- What is something related to Information Sciences that you recently got excited about?
- What pathway(s) are of the most interest?
- Career Interests:
- What type of work do you want to do in your career? Consider specific duties, activities, or a certain industry (not necessarily a job title).
- How do you see the Information Sciences major contributing toward your career goals?
- Demonstrated Interests:
- Briefly describe co-curricular/extracurricular activities you pursue at ILLINOIS (e.g. student organizations, projects), career-related experiences (e.g. job shadowing, co-ops/internships, research), and academic resources you have made use of.
- Any other involvements you are planning for next/future semesters?
- Describe any co-curricular (outside the classroom) experiences you are you hoping to receive through the iSchool.
- Seeking advice, planning ahead:
- How did you choose the classes you are registered in this semester? What advice did you seek/receive?
- Complete the following semester-by-semester course plan. <>
- What specific courses in the IS major interest you and why? These should be courses you are interested in taking in the future.
- Aside from Information Sciences, what are your additional and/or alternative plans of study? (including: other majors, minors, Dual-Degree, etc.)
- Academic Performance/Self-Assessment
- Does your academic performance, so far, represent your best effort and abilities? If not, explain what factors have impacted your performance and any steps you have taken to address those factors.
Holistic review of all materials submitted for the application and entire academic record.
In addition to academic merit and course planning, students accepted in the B.S. Information Sciences degree should demonstrate the following criteria:
- Understanding of major
- Desire to learn multiple disciplines to address complex problems
- Interest in collaboration and teamwork
- Drawn to understanding the impact of information and technology on people
- Commitment to improving society through the use of information and technology
We are still working on the full requirements for the Dual-Degree process, but in the meantime, we recommend following the suggestions set for the ICT (transfer) process listed above.
Students interested in a Dual-Degree will need to complete the ICT application, and if accepted into the program additional information will be provided.
An additional 30 hours will be required of students completing a Dual-Degree, as listed in the Student Code.
Students are required to have at least two full-time semesters (Fall/Spring only) residency in the School of Information Sciences (iSchool). Please check with your other college for their requirements.