Inter-College Transfer

Application Periods

Applications for Inter-College Transfer (ICT) will be conducted at the beginning of the fall semester for spring admission for students who completed the necessary course prerequisites. 

A second, shorter application cycle is available during the winter for spring admission for students who had prerequisite courses in progress in the fall and have received grades in those required courses.  

A third application cycle is available each spring in April for admission to the following fall semester.  All applicants will be notified of admission after grades have been submitted for the spring semester.  

There is no summer application period.

Please check application dates below. 

Fall 2021 ICT Application Information for Spring 2022 Admission
This application period is for students who have completed the prerequisite coursework for their desired major. If prerequisite coursework is in progress this fall, do not apply during this application period.  

  • Applications will be available beginning 8:30 a.m. on Monday, August 23, 2021, and must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 30, 2021.
  • Students will be notified of an admission decision by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 25, 2021.
  • Majors will be changed in Banner by Friday, October 29, 2021.
  • Students who are chosen for admission to the College of Media will automatically be admitted and their student record will be updated to reflect the new major. If a student decides to decline the offer of admission, they should contact the Media Student Services Center at (217) 244-4329 or email media-ssc@illinois.edu.

Winter 2021/2022 Application Information for Spring 2022 Admission
This application period is for students who have completed the prerequisite coursework for their desired major or had the prerequisite coursework in progress during the fall but have since completed the coursework and will have grades to report before the December 31, 2021, application deadline. Students with prerequisite coursework in progress during the spring semester are not eligible to apply in this application period. 

  • Applications will be available beginning 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 9, 2021, and must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 31, 2021.
  • Students will be notified of an admission decision by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 10, 2022.
  • Majors will be changed in Banner by Friday, January 14, 2022.
  • Students who are chosen for admission to the College of Media will automatically be admitted and their student record will be updated to reflect the new major. If a student decides to decline the offer of admission, they should contact the Media Student Services Center at (217) 244-4329 or email media-ssc@illinois.edu.

Spring 2022 Application Information for Fall 2022 Admission
This application period is for students who have completed the pre-requisite coursework for their desired major in a previous semester or by the end of this spring semester.  Applicants who have pre-requisite coursework in progress this spring will have their applications reviewed after spring grades are posted.  

  • Applications will be available beginning 8:30 a.m. on Monday, April 4, 2022, and must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, 2022.
  • Students will be notified of an admission decision by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 6, 2022.      
  • Majors will be changed in Banner by Friday, June 10, 2022.      
  • Students who are chosen for admission to the College of Media will automatically be admitted and their student record will be updated to reflect the new major. If a student decides to not accept the offer of admission, they should contact the Media Student Services Center at (217) 244-4329 or email media-ssc@illinois.edu 

APPLICATION

This application period is for students who have completed the prerequisite coursework for their desired major. If the prerequisite coursework is in progress, do not apply during this application period.  

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.

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

ICT Application Workshops in Fall 2021

ICT information workshops are being offered in-person and virtually through Zoom. The same information will be presented at each workshop. If a student wishes to attend a workshop virtually through Zoom, registration is required in order to receive the Zoom link and password for the workshop. Attending a workshop will give students the opportunity to have their questions answered. 

  • Wednesday, August 18, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Register here.
  • Tuesday, August 31, 2-3 p.m., Room 160 English Building.
  • Thursday, September 9, 12-1 p.m. Register here.
  • Monday, September 13, 10-11 a.m. Room 108 English Building.
  • Friday, September 24, 1-2 p.m. Register here.
  • Wednesday, September 29, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. New location: 1092 Lincoln Hall.
  • Tuesday, October 26, 9-10 a.m. Register here.
  • Monday, November 29, 4-5 p.m. Room 160 English Building.
  • Wednesday, December 8, 5-6 p.m. Register here.
  • Thursday, December 16, 3-4 p.m. Register here.

ICT Application Details

Interested students must complete an online application which includes a personal essay of up to 500 words. 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 will be asked to list up to five media-related activities and their role/contribution in the club or organization. For example, Daily Illini, Sports Editor; American Advertising Federation, General Member, etc.

Students will be directed to list their cumulative GPA along with the grades they received in the prerequisite coursework or in some cases proficiency credit or AP credit. During the winter and spring ICT application periods, students will need to self-report their grades in prerequisite coursework. This information will be verified and only official grades will be considered in the review process.      

No additional materials (including letters of recommendation, portfolios, resumes, written copy, DVDs of work, etc.) will be reviewed during the application review process.  

Please note: We no longer require your Academic History or printed cover page. Meeting the minimum GPA and completion of coursework does not guarantee admission.

The application must be submitted online by the posted deadline. No late applications will be considered or reviewed.  

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.

A minimum of three semesters within the College of Media is required for students admitted as juniors. A minimum of five semesters within the college is required for students admitted as sophomores.

For some 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 WITH A 3.25 GPA preferred and CS + Advertising requires a 3.5 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, MACS 261, 262.  

Note: Meeting the minimum GPA and the completion of prerequisite coursework does not guarantee admission into any major.

To be consistent with campus policy, prerequisite courses taken during the Spring 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021 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 prerequisites for transfer:

  • Attendance at a virtual ICT workshop preferred
  • A 3.0 GPA is required; 3.25 minimum GPA preferred
  • Completion of ADV 150 with at least a “B” or better 
  • Completion of STAT 100 (or an equivalent course) with at least a “B” or better 
  • 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

Due to the updated/revised CS + ADV curriculum, the following ICT application requirements below are dependent upon when a student starts this coursework, and if they are following the old or the new curriculum. 

Required prerequisites for transfer:

  • Attendance at a virtual ICT workshop preferred
  • 3.5 minimum GPA is required 
  • ADV 150 with a grade of a “B” or better
  • Math 220/221 or equivalent course with a grade of a “B” or better (unless a student has proficiency credit)
  • CS 125  with a grade of a “B+” or better - OR - CS 124 with a grade of a “B+” or better (unless a student has proficiency credit)
  • CS 173 with a grade of a “B+” or better - OR - CS 173 AND CS 128 both with a grade of a “B+” or better
  • CS 225 with a grade of a “B+” or better                    
  • 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/SOC 100/ANTH 103
  • Due to the sequential nature of this major, students should be applying no later than the second semester of sophomore year, otherwise additional semesters to complete this degree might be needed. 
Journalism Requirements

Required prerequisites for transfer:

  • Attendance at a virtual ICT workshop preferred
  • Completion of Composition I with at least a “B” or better 
  • Completion of JOUR 200 
  • Demonstrated passion, knowledge and experience in the area of journalism
  • It is also recommended that students have completed or be enrolled in STAT 107 (or approved equivalent such as STAT 100) when applying for the Journalism major
Media & Cinema Studies Requirements

Required prerequisites for transfer:

  • Attendance at a virtual ICT workshop preferred
  • Completion of Composition I
  • Completion of or current enrollment in MACS 100, 101, or 104 is recommended 
  • 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.