Transfer students are those who have completed a minimum of 24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours at the time of application and who do not meet the definition of a beginning first year or readmission applicant. For fullest consideration for transfer admission into the School of Architecture, a 2.75 GPA is recommended (though it will not guarantee admission). No more than 60 semester credit hours of community college work can be applied to the degree. In addition, either the first 90 or last 30 semester credit hours of degree work must be completed in continuous, uninterrupted residence at UIC.

Please note that admission to the School of Architecture is determined by the applicant’s academic record and availability of space in the program. Availability is based on current enrollment and varies by year.

An incoming transfer application is considered complete and ready for evaluation when the following items are submitted to the Office of Admissions:

  1. Official transcript(s) from all colleges attended

  2. Completed application for admission, with a supplemental personal statement of interest that includes an indication of why the applicant is applying to UIC and to an architecture program

  3. Nonrefundable application fee of $60

International applicants must also submit their TOEFL or IELTS scores to the Office of Admissions.

For those transferring from local community colleges, refer to the Transfer Substitution Matrix for information on community college courses that are comparable to UIC offerings.

Internal Transfer Applicants

Internal transfer applicants are those who are currently enrolled at UIC in another college or school. To apply for admission into the School of Architecture, students must fill out the online application available here: CADA Interdepartmental Admissions Form. Applicants should provide a statement of interest that explains why they are interested in studying architecture.

Portfolio Requirement for Transfer Students

Only those transfer applicants to the Bachelor of Science in Architecture program who seek advanced placement in the undergraduate architecture studio sequence are required to submit a portfolio of creative work as part of their application. Refer to Portfolio Requirements for guidelines on portfolio content and format.

Criteria for Advanced Placement in Studio

The Bachelor of Science in Architecture curriculum at the University of Illinois at Chicago requires four years of carefully sequenced architectural design studios that begin in the fall of the first year. Accordingly, advanced placement in architectural design studio is defined as any placement beyond the first year.

Advanced placement in architectural design studio requires fulfillment of both of the following criteria:

  1. Successful completion of architectural design courses at the applicant’s transfer institution (i.e., an accredited university and/or community college)
  2. Successful architectural design portfolio review

Transfer applicants who meet both of these criteria typically receive placement in the second-year design studio upon successful completion of a three-week summer bridge studio at UIC. If the transfer applicant does not fulfill both criteria, the student will be placed in the first-year design studio.