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On-campus transfer

college300college300 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
So I was admitted to uiuc for general studies even though i wanted engineering
I have some questions about transferring into engineering...
Is it difficult to transfer over?
Would I be behind everyone else if I transfered a year later? 2 years?
Is there a minimum of time i have to stay in DGS?
Any information would be helpful

Thank you!
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Replies to: On-campus transfer

  • drusbadrusba Registered User Posts: 9,502 Senior Member
    There is no stated minimum for staying in DGS but transfering out depends on policies of the college to which you will be transfering. For engineering, it generally will not take anyone after first semester, now allows transfers after first year (used to not do so) but that is more difficult to accomplish than transfering into third year which is its prefered transfer acceptance time and a time when it is easier to get in. Nevertheless, you can now try after a year and even if rejected, you can try again after second.

    To transfer you have to meet minimum course requirements and grades (and meeting the minimum grades assures only that you will be considered not that you will be accepted but chances are very good if you meet the minimums and that transfer attempt is into third year). Meeting minimum course requirements means essentially taking all the same math and science courses that are typically required of engineering majors during their first (for a transfer after first year) and then second year (for a transfer after second year). They also want to see completion of the freshman writing course and any language requirements (completion of the third semester of a foreign language but how much you need to take depends on what you did in high school -- each year of a single language in high school meets one semester of the requirement in college). Minimal GPA needed for transfer can vary by year and by engineering major but generally you are looking at needing to have a minimum GPA in the 3 to 3.2 range in those math and science courses and also overall. That may or may not be easy to do depending on the student-- those lower level math, chemistry and physics courses can be very difficult for many and the physics courses in particular have often been referred to as weed-out courses (there have been many semesters where 25% or more of the class gets Ds or Fs and another 15% drop the course to avoid getting a D or F).
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