Admitted Transfer Students
Already admitted? Congratulations!
As a transfer student, you’re an important part of our campus community. We want you to start your transfer on the right track. You probably have a lot of questions about your next steps. Review the acceptance letter that has been emailed to you with your next steps.
The dates below are for fall enrollment unless otherwise noted.
Activate Your Admitted Student Account
Now that you’ve been admitted, many of the steps on this checklist will require you to access your admitted student account. To begin, follow the activation steps at IllinoisState.edu/Activate.
You’ll need your University ID (UID), which is included in your acceptance letter that was emailed to you.
Once you've activated your account, take your next steps at My.IllinoisState.edu, where your personalized to-do list will be updated with your relevant requirements.
Apply for Financial Aid
Your first step is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is available beginning October 1 and we encourage you to complete it by November 15 for full consideration. However, for best consideration for all types of aid, we recommend filing as soon as possible after October 1. Financial aid offer letters will be sent during the month of April if the FAFSA and all requested documents have been submitted.
Register for Classes
Your advisor will help review how your credits transfer and register for classes.
You will receive an invitation that explains how to schedule an appointment with your advisor.
Need to Take a Math Placement Exam?
Your Illinois State academic advisor will help you determine whether you need to take the exam. Before you register for a math class at Illinois State, you must either take the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment or complete an appropriate prerequisite course with a grade of C or better.
Submit a Housing and Meal Plan Contract
If you are transferring to the University within two years of high school graduation, you must live on campus. You should complete your Housing contract as early as possible for the best room selection.
Students living on campus must purchase a meal plan. Meal plans are optional for off-campus students.
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Research Transportation Options
Parking permit information is mailed to students who live in the residence halls or university-owned apartments. Off-campus students can also purchase a commuter parking permit.
You don't necessarily need a car. Students ride free on Bloomington-Normal's Connect Transit system, including the Redbird Express that runs daily across campus.
Finalize Your Admission File
Send your final college transcript(s) to the Office of Admissions before classes start. If you’ve earned an Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree, make sure the degree is posted on your final transcript.
Our Mailing Address:
Illinois State University
Office of Admissions
Campus Box 2200
Normal, IL 61790-2200
Send in Immunization Records
All students must have proof of health immunizations on file with Student Health Services to avoid a late fee and being blocked from future class registration.
Learn about Health Insurance
All full-time students must have health insurance coverage. The University offers a health coverage plan that is included in your tuition/fee costs that either supplements existing family coverage or serves as primary coverage for students with no other insurance.
Technology is crucial to success in today’s college environment. Whether it’s late-night studying, group projects, or streaming TV shows—you need a computer that meets your needs.
View Illinois State's TechZone FAQs for advice on when and where to buy, student discounts, and much more.
In early August, you'll receive instructions in your University email on how to complete your campus technology orientation.
Explore Student Organizations
You don't have to wait until you're on campus to start thinking about which registered student organizations you'll join as a Redbird.
Attend Move-in and Welcome Week/Day
Your Redbird life truly begins when you arrive on campus.
2020-2021 Academic Year
Due to recent public health circumstances, some or all Illinois State University undergraduate and graduate instruction for all or part of the 2020-2021 academic year may be delivered by traditional in person instruction, online instruction, and/or in a hybrid format (including both in-person and online components). The mode of instruction may be adjusted based on public health and safety considerations. View billing information concerning Illinois State University tuition and fees for the 2020-21 academic year. Tuition and mandatory fees have been set regardless of the mode of instruction and cover a variety of short and long term expenses which continue regardless of the instructional mode or access to campus facilities. Illinois State University will continue to follow published withdrawal and refund policies concerning tuition and fees. Tuition and fees will not be refunded in the event instruction occurs remotely for any part of the 2020-2021 academic year.