Admissions Information

Below are three avenues in which students can apply to the BSW Program at the School of Social Work:

Please know that the School of Social Work uses a holistic review process which will assess the entire student, i.e., academic record, work and service experience, leadership ability, demonstrated analytical and critical thinking skills, grade point average and the quality of the personal and professional information offered in all of the included essays.

Admission Requirements for Freshman

High school seniors can apply as a Freshman to the School of Social Work by completing the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Undergraduate Application and choosing Social Work as their major.

Admission Requirements for Transfer Students

We are now accepting Transfer applications for Fall 2017.  Deadline to apply is March 1st, 2017.

If a student has already obtained some college coursework at another institution, then they can apply to the Bachelors of Social Work program as a transfer student.  Transfer Students must meet the following requirements to be considered for admission into the BSW program:

  1. Completion and documentation of a minimum of 50 (fifty) hours of volunteer* or paid work experience in a social service agency prior to beginning the program
  2. Cumulative minimum GPA 2.5 or higher
  3. Evidence of strong communication and interpersonal skills
  4. Evidence of personal attributes that are suitable for the profession of social work
  5. Successful completion of the application process for professional program entry

When applying to the University of Illinois, School of Social Work program applicants must complete the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Transfer Application AND the School of Social Work BSW application.  There is not a minimum number of credit hours required to apply.

Admission Requirements for Inter-College Transfer (ICT) Students

We are now accepting ICT applications for Fall 2017.  Deadline to apply is March 1st, 2017.

*DEADLINE FOR FALL 2017 ICT APPLICATIONS HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MAY 1st, 2017.

Students who are currently enrolled in another major or classified as undeclared at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, can apply to the School of Social Work as an ICT.  ICT students must meet the following requirements to be considered for admission into the BSW program.

  1. Completion and documentation of a minimum of 50 (fifty) hours of volunteer* or paid work experience in a social service agency prior to beginning the program
  2. Cumulative minimum GPA 2.5 or higher
  3. Evidence of strong communication and interpersonal skills
  4. Evidence of personal attributes that are suitable for the profession of social work
  5. Successful completion of the application process for professional program entry

When applying as an ICT to the School of Social Work applicants must complete the BSW application.

* Volunteer hours can be completed through service learning projects completed for course requirements as well as through volunteer experiences with community organizations.  The Community Learning Lab and The Office of Volunteer Programs are good sources for ideas on how to get involved.

Experiential Learning Fee

One of the unique features of the Bachelors of Social Work major is providing innovative programs and experiential learning opportunities. These intensive educational programs are a hallmark of social work education and distinguish our students as very well prepared for success in the professional workforce as well as graduate and professional study.

The University of Illinois Board of Trustees approved an experiential learning fee in 2010 that is assessed to all Bachelor of Social Work majors to help cover part of the extensive faculty resources required to provide enriched social work learning opportunities. A one-time fee of $750 will be charged to BSW students in the second semester of their junior year.