Changing Majors

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Grainger College of Engineering has an Inter-Departmental Transfer (IDT)/Inter-College Transfer (ICT) process that students should start by exploring the information below in order to check eligibility and decide how to proceed.

For students entering the university in or after summer/fall 2022:  The Computer Science major is available via direct admission (first-year and transfer) only and is CLOSED to on-campus transfer (ICT/IDT), including Engineering Undeclared.  CS+X majors will remain open for on-campus transfer applications; the acceptance process for these majors is highly competitive.  Students interested in CS+X majors should consult the respective colleges housing those majors.

Students who entered the university prior to summer/fall 2022 should refer to the policies below:

Student Type Current College Process When to Apply
Started at Illinois as Transfer - summer 2017 or later Grainger College of Engineering

Students Must:
1.  Meet with Transfer Coordinator in 1st semester at Illinois.
2.  Follow current program of study during 1st semester.

During 1st semester of enrollment
Started at Illinois as Transfer - summer 2017 or later College outside of Grainger Engineering at Illinois Students are not eligible to transfer to an engineering major N/A
Started at Illinois as Freshman - summer 2017 or later Grainger College of Engineering Students Must:
1.  Review the Exploration Guide for Grainger Engineering
2.  Meet with a College Advisor in 206 ENG Hall in 1st semester
3.  Follow current program of study during 1st semester
2nd, 3rd, or 4th semester of enrollment
Started at Illinois as Freshman - summer 2017 or later Pre-Engineering Program in DGS Apply to Grainger Engineering using the ICT Application 2nd, 3rd, or 4th semester of enrollment
Started at Illinois as Freshman - summer 2017 or later DGS or other college at Illinois outside of Grainger Engineering Apply to Pre-Engineering (DGS) - students are not eligible to apply directly to ENG 2nd or 3rd semester of enrollment


  • Students who joined as Freshmen in LAS-PHYS, AnyCollege-CS, ACES-ABE, LAS-ChBE: LAS-PHYS to ENG-PHYS, AnyCollege-CS to ENG-CS, ACES-ABE to ENG-AnyMajor, ChBE to ENG-AnyMajor will apply directly to ENG (ICT application). For other engineering majors, all students must apply to PREP (e.g. a LAS-PHYS student seeking EE, or a LAS-CS seeking ME must apply to PREP).
  • Students who started at Illinois prior to Summer 2017 should have completed all required courses for transfer with grades of As and Bs in technical classes.

All students interested in engineering must take Math/Phys/Chem/Eng classes. See the Sample Curriculum Maps for each curriculum, especially the first two semesters.

 Important Notes about Performance and Potential for engineering

  • Students with grades below B in technical courses are not good candidates for transfer, unless those low performances are amended by retaking the course and earning a higher grade, and as discussed with an engineering advisor (students with more than one grade below B should consider non engineering curricula).

  • Students who do not take technical loads that engineering students take each semester (see the Sample Sequence (formerly known as Suggested Sequence) for each engineering curriculum) are at risk of lowering their chances for transfer (check The Grainger College of Engineering Transfer Requirements).

  • For PREP students: The guaranteed admission criteria vary according to demand and capacity for each major.  See for more information.

  • For Grainger Engineering Students: There are no GPA requirements to transfer from one engineering department to another, but major capacity and demand will be taken into account as well.

  • Discuss any special circumstances with your current department/college academic advisor.

  • A few things about the Engineering Portfolio:

    • The Application Engineering Portfolio contains a Specialized GPA, that only takes into account the foundational MATH, PHYS, CHEM classes taken at the Illinois and the ENGINEERING classes taken at Illinois. 

    • Do NOT have two browsers opened on the Portfolio, while editing answers as this creates duplicate entries and can prevent submission of the application.

Thinking about a major in The Grainger College of Engineering? How do I start exploring?

PREP students and ENGR Undeclared: exploration tools are provided in mandatory exploration classes

Non-PREP/ENGR Undeclared students: review the Grainger Engineering Exploration Document

If you are not in PREP or not in ENG go to  (students will need to apply to Pre-engineering, prior to applying to engineering).
Wondering about the classes and grades requirements? Check the Required Classes to Transfer For Dual degrees, the process is identical to the Transfer process (for incoming freshmen who joined on Fall 2017 or after) and all applications will be reviewed by Grainger Engineering staff -See section on dual degrees for more information
Ready to Apply? Eligible students apply to The Grainger College of Engineering (ICT application using the ENGR Portfolio) during the submission window. Make sure to check eligibility. The Spring 2022 application deadline is October 30 , 2021 at 11:59PM (no exception) -submissions typically open on September 15. The Fall 2022 application deadline is April 30, 2022 at 11:59PM (no Exception) -submissions typically open on February 15.
  • Students will rank by preference up to three majors to apply and include three Narratives and an updated Resume (completing all requirements in the Portfolio).
  • While students have the option to indicate up to three engineering majors they wish to apply to, they do NOT need to indicate three majors (students should only apply to majors they are genuinely interested in).
  • Students applying for a dual degree in engineering indicate ONE major only in their application, the major they are interested in applying for their dual degree.
  • When ready to apply, students will submit their application (students may save any edits they make to your portfolio prior to applying).
  •  Applying after the deadline will automatically delay your application to the following review period for a later semester- No petition will be possible after 11:59PM on the deadline.


  • This application process is only for majors in The Grainger College of Engineering. Students will need to apply to a different college for other majors (including ChBE, CS + x, and TSM).
  • Majors that are high in demand can only be selected as “top choice” in the petition. Currently, these include BIOE, COMPE, CS, EE, ME.
  • All students are greatly encouraged to explore and select more than one major in their application (exceptions are for dual degrees).
  • Application will be reviewed according to how students ranked each major (top, then second, then third). Students will only be considered for their second (then third) choice if we cannot accommodate their first choice.

Students will be notified of the decision by Email after grades for the current semester are known and before the start of the next semester.  An update will also be posted on the online application.  Students can check the Engineering Portfolio.

  • Students will receive a confirmation by email after their application is submitted online.
  • The committee reviews all applications after grades are available for the current semester.
  • Students will be notified of the outcome before the start of the semester they apply to (approximate Notification Dates:  June 30-July 15 for Fall, January 20th for Spring).
  • Early notifications may be sent for eligible applicants.  
  • Allow weeks for the committee to review after grades are posted.

Accepting an Offer

The transfer/dual degree will not be processed until students accept or decline the decision.  Accepting the offer is done at the Application Portfolio (an "accept/decline" button will show).  The transfer will be effective a few days after the decision is accepted.