Transferring to Illinois Wesleyan
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Transfering to IWU is now easier than ever before!
Illinois Wesleyan participates in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI). If you
complete an Associate of Arts Degree (A.A.) at a regionally accredited Illinois community college, Illinois Wesleyan will accept your General Education Core Curriculum (GECC) as meeting
IWU’s general education requirements. You'll need to complete your major, graduation
and shared curriculum requirements.
Transfer applicants should have a minimum GPA of 2.5/4.0 from their current academic
institution, although it is recommended that students carry a cumulative GPA of 3.0
or higher to be competitive for admission.
A minimum number of credits are not required in order to transfer. However, no more
than 50% of a major or minor may be taken elsewhere. All degree candidates must complete
a minimum of 2 years and 16 courses in residence.
All students are expected to live in University housing for at least six semesters.
Semesters spent living in residence halls, fraternity or sorority chapter houses,
or off-campus study programs will accrue towards the six-semester expectation. Students
who have accrued six semesters of housing history are eligible to apply to live off-campus.
For students who transfer to IWU, the campus housing expectation will be adjusted
on a case-by-case basis using academic standing and records of housing history at
previous institutions to assist in determining an appropriate and proportionate housing
Transfer students are accepted for the fall or spring semesters only. A formal campus
visit is highly recommended to speak with an admission counselor and to assist the
admissions committee with its decision.
To apply, complete either our free U.S. domestic student application or Common Application. It is also necessary to submit transcripts from all colleges previously attended,
as well as a final high school transcript with ACT or SAT scores.
A completed Teacher Evaluation Form or letter of recommendation is required and can be submitted by either a high school
or college faculty member.
Transfer students are eligible to receive both merit-based scholarships and need-based
financial aid. Required financial aid applications and forms are evaluated after an admission decision has been made.Students who applied for
admission to IWU in previous years must complete a new application when considering
a transfer, although personal essays, recommendation letters and ACT or SAT scores
can be moved from the old application to the new one. These students must also submit
their final high school transcript, college transcripts and confirm their intended
major and starting term.
The recommended application deadline for fall transfer admission is August 1, and
November 15 for spring transfer admission. If you have specific questions regarding
your possible transfer, or would like to arrange a campus visit, please call our Admissions
Office at 1-800-332-2498.
Students who previously attended Illinois Wesleyan and want to transfer back to the
University from another institution should contact the Registrar's Office (309-556-3161)
rather than the Admissions Office about re-entering.
Information regarding graduation requirements, general education, majors and minors
can be found in the Illinois Wesleyan University Catalog at https://www.iwu.edu/academics/Catalog.html. Specific questions may be directed to the IWU Registrar’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Students must earn a grade of “C” or better to earn IWU credit.
- Courses must be valued at a minimum of 3 semester hours to earn IWU general education,
major, or minor credit. IWU uses a course unit system wherein one course unit is
equivalent to 4 semester hours.
- Online courses will not be accepted for the general education natural science lab
or second language requirements.
- Courses graded pass/fail will not be accepted.
- Courses for major or minor credit must be reviewed by the appropriate department chair.
Any questions? Contact your Transfer Admissions Counselor, Andrew Starnes! For questions about how courses will transfer, contact the Registrar's Office.