The agreement sets a minimum number of semester hours in communications, humanities, math and science and a minimum GPA.  Students who meet those standards and earn an Associate of Arts degree at Illinois Community College will be admitted to the UI as a junior and will have met all freshman and sophomore level general education requirements, with the exception of a Diversity and Inclusion requirement and the World Language requirement needed for each college.

“This is an exciting new partnership that will benefit thousands of Illinois community college graduates who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree at UI,” says P. Barry Butler, executive vice president and provost at the UI. “At the core of this agreement is the completion of an Associate of Arts degree, which will help increase degree completion rates at both the community college and the University of Iowa.”

To transfer to the UI as a junior, Illinois community college students must complete a minimum of 60 semester hours of courses acceptable for transfer and have maintained a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on all graded arts and sciences courses acceptable for transfer. They will be admitted to the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences but not into other colleges or every liberal arts and sciences major. Other colleges including Education, Tippie College of Business, Engineering, Nursing, Carver College of Medicine, and Pharmacy as well as certain College of Liberal Arts and Sciences majors have higher GPA requirements, pre-requisite courses, and competitive admission requirements.