Inter-College Transfer

Application Periods

Application periods begin the first week of each fall and spring semester through the 4th week of those semesters. A second, shorter application cycle is available each spring semester in April. Check application dates below. All information requested is due by 5 p.m. on the deadline day. There is no summer application period.

Spring 2020 ICT/Application Information for Fall 2020 Admission (Round 2)

  • Applications will be available beginning 8:30 a.m. on Monday, April 20, until 5 p.m. on Friday, May 8.
  • Students will be notified by 5 p.m. on Monday, June 8.
  • Deadline to decline offer (unless automatically admitted) is 5 p.m. on Monday, June 15.
  • Major will be changed in Banner by Friday, June 19.

APPLICATION

Please note: When entering the application, you will be asked, “Do you want to view only the webpage content that was delivered securely?” In order for the application to show correctly, please choose “no” throughout the application process.

All printed materials (academic history and cover page) can be sent electronically to the Media Student Services Center email account or sent via mail by the 5 p.m. deadline on Friday, May 8, 2020:

College of Media Student Services Center
18 Gregory Hall
810 S. Wright St.  
Urbana, IL  61801

media-ssc@illinois.edu | 217-244-4329

Information Sessions

Note: Upcoming spring info sessions have been canceled. Please view our PowerPoint presentation.

ICT Application Details

College of Media transfer periods begin the first week of classes each semester and run for five-six weeks. Successful applicants will transfer into the College of Media for the following term.

Interested students must complete an online application which includes a personal essay of up to 500 words and submit their Academic History to the Student Services Center in 18 Gregory Hall. No additional materials (including letters of recommendation, portfolios, resumes, written copy, DVDs of work, etc.) will be reviewed during the application review process.

The essay should include details of relevant and recent media-related experiences, demonstrate the applicant’s communication abilities, and detail his/her interest in and commitment to the pursued Media major Students may download their Academic History through Student Self-Service.

Students wishing to apply to one of the majors in the College of Media from another college at the University must complete the On-Campus Transfer Application. Current Advertising, Journalism, Media and Cinema Studies, and Media General Curriculum majors with fewer than 90 hours need to complete the Current Media Students Change of Major Application to request a new major within the College. Applications for change of major are considered alongside and in competition with ICT applications for admission to the College.

The application must be submitted online and the academic history must be received by the posted deadline. If one or both parts of the application are not received by the deadline, the application will be considered incomplete and not reviewed for admission. 

ICT Admission Requirements

Admission into all College of Media majors is competitive. Students should apply into the major they wish to complete their studies in. Applying to change one’s major within the College upon initial acceptance is not guaranteed.

For admission into all College of Media majors, applicants must be in good academic standing and be making progress toward completing any university, college and departmental requirements for courses outside the College of Media. For example, applicants for Advertising ideally will have completed ADV 150, ECON 102 and 103, STAT 100 and two of these three courses: SOC 100, ANTH 103 and PSYC 100.

Applicants who would require more than nine total semesters of College enrollment to complete their degree are not eligible. Students must complete their College of Media degrees within seven semesters of joining the College as sophomores or within five semesters of joining the College as juniors. A minimum of three semesters within the College is required for students admitted as juniors. A minimum of five semesters within the College is required for students admitted as sophomores.

For many of our majors there is no specific requirement regarding grades but, a competitive cumulative university GPA is always advantageous. Advertising, however, does require a 3.0 minimum GPA. Students with the best essays and the best academic and professional qualifications, including any pertinent extracurricular activities or internships, will receive highest priority. One way to demonstrate interest is to have earned a grade of “B” or better in introductory courses such as ADV 150, JOUR 200, MACS 100, 101, 166, MACS 261, 262 or in Discovery courses taught by the College.

To be consistent with campus policy, pre-requisite courses taken during the Spring 2020 semester as credit/no credit will not impact our evaluation of your application.

Please see information below regarding specific transfer requirements or suggestions for each of our majors.

Advertising Requirements

Required pre-requisites for transfer:

  • Attendance at an ICT workshop preferred
  • Completion of ADV 150 with at least a “B” or better OR current enrollment in ADV 150 at the time of application (please note that an admission decision will not be made until the completion of  ADV 150)
  • Completion of STAT 100 (or an equivalent course) with at least a “B” or better OR current enrollment in STAT 100 at the time of application (please note that an admission decision will not be made until the completion of  STAT 100)
  • A 3.0 minimum GPA preferred
  • Demonstrated passion, knowledge and experience in the area of Advertising.
  • It is also recommended that students be enrolled in or have completed ECON 102/103, PSYC 100/SOC 100/ANTH 103 when applying for the Advertising major.
Computer Science + Advertising Requirements

Required pre-requisites for transfer:

  • Attendance at an ICT workshop preferred
  • A 3.5 minimum GPA
  • Completion of ADV 150 with a “B” or better OR current enrollment in ADV 150 at the time of application (please note that an admission decision will not be made until the completion of ADV 150)
  • Completion of MATH 220/221 (or an equivalent course) with a “B” or better OR current enrollment in MATH 220/221 at the time of application (please note that an admission decision will not be made until the completion of MATH 220/221)
  • Completion of CS 125 with a “B+” or better OR current enrollment in CS 125 at the time of application (please note that an admission decision will not be made until the completion of CS 125)
  • Completion of CS 173 with a “B+” or better OR current enrollment in CS 173 at the time of application (please note that an admission decision will not be made until the completion of CS 173)
  • Completion of CS 225 with a “B+” or better OR current enrollment in CS 225 at the time of application (please note that an admission decision will not be made until the completion of CS 225)
  • Demonstrated passion, knowledge and experience in the area of Computer Science and/or Advertising
  • It is also recommended that students be enrolled in or have completed ECON 102/103, PSYC 100 or SOC 100 when applying for the Computer Science + Advertising major
  • Due to the sequential nature of this major, students should be applying no later than the 2nd semester of sophomore year
Journalism Requirements

Required pre-requisites for transfer:

  • Attendance at an ICT workshop preferred
  • Completion of Comp 1 with at least a “B” or better or concurrent enrollment in a Comp I course
  • Completion of JOUR 200 or current enrollment in JOUR 200 at the time of application
  • Demonstrated passion, knowledge and experience in the area of Journalism
  • It is also recommended that students have completed or be enrolled in ECON 102/103, STAT 100, PSYC 100, SOC 100, CS 105 when applying for the Journalism major.
Media and Cinema Studies Requirements

Recommended pre-requisites for transfer:

  • Attendance at an ICT workshop preferred
  • Completion of Comp 1
  • Completion of or current enrollment in MACS 100, 101, 104, at the time of application
  • Demonstrated passion, knowledge and experience in the area of Media and Cinema Studies  

For students who have left Illinois and wish to return into a College of Media program, please review our re-entry policies and procedures.