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Changing Majors

Close to 40% of Illinois students change their majors at least once, so don’t worry if you’re considering changing majors.

On campus there are 15 different engineering fields and over 100 majors on campus to choose from! College is the time to explore your major and career options. People change their careers on average between 3-7 times in their lifetimes. You do not need to know what you want to do with the rest of your life right now. We’re here to help guide you and help you find your best fit. Following are various transfer scenarios for those aiming to transfer into Engineering, change majors within Engineering, and switch to majors outside of our College. The most important thing is to work with your advisor so you know the exact steps to take.

Admitted Students Redirected to the Division of General Studies

Any student in good standing in a college outside of Engineering is eligible to seek a transfer into a curriculum offered by the College of Engineering. Over 100 students successfully transfer from the Division of General Studies to a major in the College of Engineering each year. If you have a B average with demonstrated success (primarily A's and B's) in math, physics, and chemistry, you may be a good candidate for transfer. A successful Inter-College Transfer (ICT) petition will depend upon the quality of your academic record, the strength of your petition essay, and availability of space in the target curriculum.

All relevant information can be found at http://go.engineering.illinois.edu/ExploreMajor. The process involves a portfolio, visits to departmental advisors in the major(s) you are interested in, and a final petition in which you may select and apply to more than one major.

Inter-Departmental Transfers within the College of Engineering

If you’re enrolled in the College of Engineering, you may petition for transfer to another department within the College. All relevant information can be found at http://go.engineering.illinois.edu/ExploreMajor. The process involves a portfolio, visits to departmental advisors in the major(s) you are interested in, and a final petition in which you may select and apply to more than one major.

Transferring into the College of Engineering

Any student in good standing in a college outside of Engineering is eligible to seek a transfer into a curriculum offered by the College of Engineering.

The likelihood of success of an Inter-College Transfer (ICT) petition depends upon your qualifications, primarily as evidenced by performance in courses at Illinois. The College of Engineering looks for a pattern of achievement that portends success in a highly technical curriculum.

If you have a B average with demonstrated success (primarily A's and B's) in math, physics, and chemistry, you may be a good candidate for transfer. If you have grades below B in technical courses, you are not a good candidate for transfer to Engineering, unless those low performances are amended by retaking the course and earning a higher grade.

Approval of a petition will depend upon the quality of your academic record, the strength of your petition essay, and availability of space in the target curriculum. Each case will be considered individually on its own merits.

All relevant information can be found at http://go.engineering.illinois.edu/ExploreMajor. The process involves a portfolio, visits to departmental advisors in the major(s) you are interested in, and a final petition in which you may select and apply to more than one major.

Course for Exploring: Engineering at Illinois

If you’re in the Division of General Studies or another college and wanting to explore engineering, please take Engineering At Illinois, an introduction to undergraduate programs of study available in the College. This also covers the potential careers of graduates of those programs. This is a 1-hour course. Consult the Course Schedule for more details.

Transferring to a Different College from Engineering

If you've decided that engineering is not right for you, that's a good productive step forward. Each person brings a unique set of skills to the table. Your skills may be a better match for a different major and that's great! Our world needs great people in every field of study.

Please talk to the prospective department to which you plan to transfer. Then come to 206 Engineering Hall and speak with an Advising Dean on beginning the transfer procedure. The sooner you do this, the better, since course sequencing is important.

Contact Undergraduate Programs with Questions

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