Graduate Transfer

Students Transferring Within the University

Academic Advising

NPRE ILLINOIS welcomes talented transfer students. Transfer cases may be inter-departmental, where the student is already enrolled in Engineering at Illinois, or may be cases where the student is enrolled in another college. In both scenarios, Engineering at Illinois oversees the transfer process with input provided by the department. (Visit the Grainger Engineering Undergraduate Advising website for guidelines on the transfer procedures.) In all cases, prospective transfers to NPRE ILLINOIS should be strong in math and physics with a committed interest in the major.

Students who are considering a possible transfer to NPRE ILLINOIS should:

  • Go to Engineering Academic Affairs (206 Engineering Hall) to meet with a dean for advising on pursuing a transfer. This is not a commitment to transfer but an initial evaluation of your prospects for transfer and will provide general advice related to the transfer.
  • Look at the NPRE ILLINOIS Curriculum and start taking the required math and physics classes. Review the NPRE Curriculum to understand the degree requirements and what courses you will be taking in the program.
  • Schedule an appointment with an NPRE advisor in Talbot Laboratory by calling 217-333-2295 or by emailing Expect to discuss your interest in the major, to review your courses taken and grades received, and to plan for classes should the transfer be made. 
  • Transfers are considered on an individual basis, but in general the NPRE ILLINOIS adviser is looking for a pattern of academic performance that would predict the student would be successful in a technical curriculum. A student with a B average and demonstrated success defined by receiving primarily A's and B's in math, physics and other technical courses while taking a regular semester load may be a successful transfer candidate. Students with grades below B in technical courses may not be good candidates for transfers to NPRE ILLINOIS unless those low performances are amended by retaking the course and earning a higher grade.

Students Transferring From Outside the University

You will submit your NPRE ILLINOIS transfer application to the campus.  The Office of Undergraduate Admissions can provide information to guide your decision to apply and the application process, including admission requirements, dates, deadlines and detailed procedures.

Grainger Engineering
Campus Tours & Info Sessions

We then encourage you to join us for an Engineering campus tour and information session, which begins at 2:00 p.m.

For the session, you'll be able to ask engineering specific questions to deans and academic advisors. Plan for about an hour for the tour and another hour for the Q & A.

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Salary Averages

A degree from NPRE ILLINOIS will prepare you to achieve your professional goals. NPRE graduates in the past five years reported annual incomes of over $75,000.


Our graduates land positions with industry leaders like Constellation, TerraPower, Entergy, Westinghouse, Intel, ASML, Jensen Hughes, and many national laboratories. Employers can be grouped roughly into nuclear utilities or energy providers, nuclear utility engineering consulting and design support firms, semiconductor fabrication companies, medical imaging device research and design, radiation detector research and design, private and federal research and development labs.


With a net faculty increase in recent years and over $8 million in research expenditures annually, NPRE ILLINOIS stands out among its peers.


With a world-known high-tech fusion device (HIDRA), the Functional X-Ray Imaging Lab, and numerous cutting-edge facilities, NPRE helps students have access to resources that they need.