Undergraduate admissions are processed through the University Office of Admissions and Records, and the College of ACES Academic Programs Office makes the admission decisions. To select ACE as the department to which you are applying, make sure you have selected Agricultural and Consumer Economics, which is in the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES).

Apply to ACE

Freshman admission is based on several factors and it is best to review the following:

You may also want to consider a visit to campus and the Department of ACE.

Explore ACES, held annually, is a two day event in the spring that provides an opportunity to get to know the programs and people in the College of ACES.

The College of ACES provides a wide-variety of information for future students.

Concentration Change


Students currently enrolled in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics may apply to change their concentration ​(with one exception -- see below) at any time during the academic year. Admission into a different concentration is not guaranteed. If you have questions about admission into your new concentration, please contact your current academic advisor.

AgAccounting Exception: ACE students who wish to change their concentration to AgAccy should apply during one of the four on-campus transfer (ICT) opportunities for current UI students in August, October, January, and March.

Access the Concentration Change Application

Please note: this form is intended only for students who are currently enrolled in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois. If you are not currently enrolled in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois, please view the On-Campus Transfer Information to learn more about your application process.

Transfer Students


On-Campus Transfer (ICT)

All current University of Illinois students who wish to transfer to a concentration in ACE must complete the​ ICT transfer process.

When can I apply?

The ACE Intercollegiate Transfer Application is closed. Our application will be available on July 22, 2024 and we will have additional ICT application opportunities in October, December, and March. Please email aceundergrad@illinois.edu if you would like to receive a reminder when the next application opens. 

About the Application

Transfer into all Department of ACE concentrations is competitive. Strong applications will demonstrate interests aligned with ACE concentration as reflected in two personal essays and a professional resume; potential to complete all requirements within 10 total semesters; and GPA in UIUC courses and core ACE courses. A 3.0 GPA is considered competitive, but students with a GPA below 3.0 are still encouraged to apply if the other elements of their application are strong.

Transfer Prerequisite Courses

All applicants must have credit for or be currently enrolled in:

  • ACE 100 (Applied Microeconomics) or ECON 102 (Microeconomics) AND
  • At least one of the QRI required Math courses from either
    • GROUP 1: MATH 124 (Finite Mathematics), MATH 125 (Elementary Linear Algebra), MATH 231 (Calculus II), or
    • GROUP 2: MATH 220 (Calculus), MATH 221 (Calculus I), MATH 234 (Calculus for Business).

ACE PZ/NZ Policy: PZ/NZ credit will not be accepted for ACE 100, ECON 102, and the first of the two required Quantitative Reasoning I Math requirements for the ACE major. Students must take ACE 100, ECON 102, and at least one Quantitative Reasoning I Math course for a grade.

Transfer Recommended Courses

ACE does not have additional explicit course requirements to be eligible to apply and transfer.

Students can make progress towards completing the requirements for the ACE majors and demonstrate affinity for the major by taking and excelling in: 

  • Second course from the remaining ACE Quantitative Reasoning I Math Group requirement (see a full list of these courses in the “Transfer Prerequisite Courses” section)
  • ECON 103 (Macroeconomics)
  • ACE 161 (Microcomputer Applications) or CS 105 (Intro to Computing for Non-Tech Majors)
  • ACCY 201 (Accountancy I)
  • RHET 105 (Composition) and CMN 101 (Public Speaking) or CMN 111 (Oral & Written Comm I) and CMN 112 (Oral & Written Comm II)
  • ACE 262 (Applied Statistical Methods and Data Analytics I) or ECON 202 (Economic Statistics I)

Deadlines & Timelines

The review committee will make application decisions as soon as possible after the application deadline. Applicants will receive their application decision no later than one week after the application deadline. Admitted students will be required to discuss paperwork, transfer implications, and other important information with their assigned ACE advisor.

Attend an Information Session (attendance not required for transfer)

Check back for Information Session dates and times.

Academic Advising and Planning Assistance

If you would like academic advising or assistance planning to transfer into ACE, please contact your current academic advisor for support. If you are unsure of which concentration you wish to pursue, please contact ACEundergrad@illinois.edu with your questions. If you have selected a concentration, you may contact the advisor for that concentration directly.

ACE ICT Application

The ACE ICT application will be available here on July 22, 2024.