On campus there are 15 different engineering fields and over 100 majors to choose from! College is the time to explore your major and career options. You do not need to know what you want to do with the rest of your life right now. We’re here to help guide you and help you find your best fit. Following are various transfer scenarios for those aiming to transfer into Engineering, change majors within Engineering, and switch to majors outside of our College. The most important thing is to work with your advisor so you know the exact steps to take.
The Pre-Engineering Program
The Pre-Engineering Program (PREP) is intended to provide an opportunity for highly qualified students who are not currently in The Grainger College of Engineering to prepare themselves for possible transfer into Grainger Engineering. Students in PREP will reside in the Division of General Studies (DGS) while they complete the prescribed PREP curriculum and prepare for the Inter-Collegiate Transfer (ICT) process to The Grainger College of Engineering. PREP is required for an ICT into Grainger Engineering.
Prospective PREP Students
Students who entered UIUC as first-time new students in other colleges (e.g., LAS, Gies, Education) must first transfer to PREP before the start of their fourth semester to pursue a transfer to engineering.
Current PREP Students
Students in the Pre-Engineering Program (PREP) in the Division of General Studies (DGS) take classes towards an engineering degree and receive guidance along the way from PREP advisors. Your progress is reviewed each semester to make sure that you are on track to transfer to The Grainger College of Engineering. A successful Inter-College Transfer (ICT) petition to engineering must be completed by the end of your 4th semester and will depend upon the quality of your academic record and progress in the majors you are considering. Individual majors have specific requirements. More details can be found on the PREP website.
Changing Majors within The Grainger College of Engineering
Current Grainger Engineering students who started in Grainger as a first-year new student can apply to change majors within the college up through the end of the 4th semester of enrollment. Students interested in changing majors within the college should meet with a college advisor as soon as you know you are interested in switching majors. These advisors can help you understand your options and what the transfer process looks like.
Current Grainger Engineering Students who started in Grainger as a transfer student from another institution should meet with meet with Keri Niehans, Assistant Director for Transfer Programs as soon as you know you are interested in switching majors to see if you are eligible to transfer.
Finding the Right Academic Fit
Changing your major is the right path for some, but not for everyone. There are additional options to augment your education and allow you to design an academic curricular experience that is tailored to your goals and interests. Below are list of available academic opportunities you can consider to further enhance your education:
Declaring a minor
A minor at the University of Illinois is a secondary academic discipline undertaken during your undergraduate studies. There are required courses and/or credit hours to fulfill the minor. Fewer courses are taken for a minor compared to a major.
Explore a certification
A certificate attests to a student's achievement in an area beyond their major. Certificates do not appear on the final transcript. The following organizations offer certificates that may be of particular interest to Grainger Engineering students:
A dual degree is when a student studies two different disciplines at the same time and receives two separate degrees. Possibilities exist to pursue a dual degree with either a second engineering major or a major from a different college. In addition, Grainger Engineering students are eligible to pursue a dual degree in Innovation, Leadership and Engineering Entrepreneurship (ILEE), which is intended for engineering students to better understand the innovative processes involved in identifying complex technical problems and creating, developing, and leading efforts to provide engineering solutions.
Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Engineering Degree Programs
A combined B.S. and M.S. degree program allows undergraduate students to pursue a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree simultaneously. Only certain Grainger programs offer the B.S./M.S option. Students apply for these programs generally in their third year.