Prospective Students

Join Illinois Economics!

Here in the Department of Economics we create an experience for our students! We want to ensure that you are working towards your degree, but also getting involved and building the skills you need for your future. We offer many activities and opportunities to build upon your foundation of academic training, creating well-rounded students who are prepared for post-college life. Special events, networking opportunities, workshops, student organizations, and other activities promote students’ personal growth.

Visit our Department!

We are always happy to meet with prospective students!

Please schedule your visit through Admissions and let them know you would like to schedule a Departmental visit. You may also email if you have specific questions we may answer. During our visit you will meet with our Econ Ambassadors to provide the student perspective, as well as Department staff (Undergraduate Academic Advisors) to provide an overview of the major and answer questions.

Admissions (New Freshmen & Transfer Students)

All admissions are handled through the University Admission's Office and the LAS College Office. The Department does not review applications or make any decisions on admitting students. If you have questions about the transfer process and applying to the program, please refer to the two websites below. Any questions about the curriculum or Department once you transfer may be directed to our office ( or 217-333-2682).

Transfer Student Requirements:
Transfer Students must meet the admissions criteria set by the University and College, and submit all application requirements to the University.
BALAS in Economics:
Students wishing to major in economics typically must have completed the Introductory Microeconomics and Macroeconomics courses (ECON 102 & 103) and Calculus 1 (MATH 220 or 221). Business Calculus (MATH 234) is not accepted as Calculus 1.