Admissions

No matter what path brought you to the University of Illinois and the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, we're glad you're here.

Ready to join ACES?

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Questions?

We're here to help! Simply contact Assistant Dean Cory Ohms at 217-333-3380, cohms@illinois.edu, or use the online form.

Prospective freshman

Learn more about ACES

Before you start the application process:

  • Explore the majors in the College of ACES 
  • Sign up for an info session to talk with ACES students and advisors
  • Review the requirements and learn how applications are reviewed

How to apply

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions oversees all undergraduate applications to the University of Illinois.

Selecting a Major:

On the application, you will have the opportunity to select your first-choice and second-choice majors. You can apply directly into any major in the College of ACES or select ACES Undeclared as a first- or second-choice major. ACES Undeclared gives you the opportunity to explore various majors in the College of ACES before declaring a major by the end of your sophomore year.

Other parts of the application:

  • You'll provide your high school courses/grades and test scores, write an essay, and list your extracurricular activities, honors, and awards.

Dates and deadlines

  • Application for admission opens on September 1
  • Early action filing period: September 1 – November 15
  • Application filing period: September 1 – January 5
  • Admission notification: Mid-February
  • Honors and scholarship notification: By April 1

How we review

Many factors are considered in the admissions process, including:

  • Strength of your academic record or high school curriculum, course rigor, and grades
  • Highest ACT or SAT score
  • Experiences and interest in the major selected
  • Involvement in community, workplace and/or school activities
  • Achievements and honors

Scholarships and honors

Thanks to our generous alumni, corporate partners and supporters, the College of ACES awards over $3.5 million in merit-based scholarships each year. 

As an incoming freshman, you will automatically be considered for any College of ACES merit-based scholarships and honors based upon your application for admission.

Get more information and tips about the application and review process from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Cost and financial aid

The exact amount you’ll pay depends on your major, where you decide to live, the meal plan you choose, and your overall lifestyle. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides an estimated expenses and a cost calculator to help.

To be considered for need-based scholarships and aid, you need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can also submit a supplemental form for scholarships awarded by the Office of Student Financial Aid. 

Off-campus transfer students

Programs of study

Explore majors

Dates and deadlines

Spring:

  • Filing period: September 1 – October 15
  • Admission notification: November/December

Fall:

  • Priority filing period: December 15 – February 1*
  • Final application deadline: March 1
  • Admission notification: March/April

*Applicants to more competitive programs may receive priority by applying before the February 1 deadline.

Transfer student resources and advising

Transfer advising:

Contact us to set up a transfer pre-advising appointment. An advisor in the College of ACES will talk through the courses you’ll need to transfer as well as recommend courses that can help you make the most of your time on campus. Pre-transfer advising can begin as early as your first semester of college.

Transfer handbook:

If you are interested in transferring to the College of ACES, follow the requirements listed in the handbook

Transfer guide:

The transfer guide can also help you discover prerequisite course and GPA requirements, plus necessary application materials for each program of study. If you are transferring from an Illinois community college, this tool lists the course equivalents from the school you are transferring from.

Transferology.com:

Transferology can help you see how the courses you have taken will transfer to the University of Illinois.

Scholarships and honors

Thanks to our generous alumni, corporate partners and supporters, the College of ACES awards over $3.5 million in merit-based scholarships each year. 

Transfer students are eligible for our continuing student scholarships. The application for these scholarships opens in the spring. If you have applied for admission, you will be notified of the application by email.

Cost and financial aid

The exact amount you’ll pay depends on your major, where you decide to live, the meal plan you choose, and your overall lifestyle. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides an estimated expenses and a cost calculator to help.

To be considered for need-based scholarships and aid, you need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can also submit a supplemental form for scholarships awarded by the Office of Student Financial Aid. 

On-campus transfer

Guidelines

If you’re already a student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, follow these guidelines to transfer into a College of ACES major or switch majors within the College of ACES.

In the College of ACES, intercollegiate transfer (ICT) applicants work directly with the departments. Requirements and contacts can be found on the university's Changing My Major page.

Find your Academic Advisor in the ACES department in which you would like to transfer. 

Dates and deadlines

The following majors have unique and specific application deadlines each semester:

The following majors* accept applications during ICT periods at the beginning of each semester and prior to the early registration period each semester

* Applicants interested in transferring into the major in Agricultural and Biological Engineering work with the Engineering Prep Program.

Processing periods:

The ACES Office of Academic Programs will only accept and process completed ICT forms during the following processing periods.

  • Effective spring 2021:  Monday, January 11, 2021 – Friday, Friday 5, 2021
  • Effective fall 2021: Monday, March 15, 2021 - Friday, April 2, 2021

Note the time frames above are the designated times during which curricular changes will be processed by the College of ACES. Departments in ACES requiring an ICT application may have an earlier deadline to submit that application. It is important to check with the department of interest as early as possible to ensure all departmental and college deadlines and requirements are met.