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 your transfer acceptance packet and use the links below to find out what to do before classes begin. And don't forget to check your preferred email for Admission messages and your new Illinois State email address for departmental communications. Your Redbird email is your ULID@ilstu.edu which can be accessed at My.IllinoisState.edu, using the "Launch Office 365" link.
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 award notices will be sent during the month of April if the FAFSA and all requested documents have been submitted.
Attend the Transfer Day Program
The Transfer Day Program is the orientation program for transfer students. You’ll meet your advisor to review how your credits transfer, register for classes, and get your Redbird ID card during the semester before you attend.
You will receive an invitation that explains how to schedule an appointment with your advisor.
Questions about how your credits transferred? Contact the University Registrar.
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.
Connect with Future Redbirds
Get to know a few friends before you get here! In the Illinois State community on Facebook (Schools App), you can find other students who share your major, residence hall, or variety of interests.
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.
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.