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75 Hour Policy

The Illinois State University Academic Senate approved a policy that requires all students be enrolled in a major by 75 earned hours. If you will have completed 75 earned hours and are not enrolled in a major, this policy applies to you.

Why is Illinois State implementing this policy?

Illinois State wants to help students make progress towards graduation; gaining admission to a major is a critical step towards degree completion. Thus, upon earning 75 hours, Illinois State is now requiring that students either have a major or have on file a University Approved Plan to gain admission into a major.

The Appeal Process

All students will be sent warnings as they approach the 75 hour mark. Additionally, students not in a major by 75 hours will be notified about the formal appeal process. Students not in a major must complete the appeal in order to remain a student at Illinois State and receive financial aid. The appeal process will require students to answer several questions outlining their plan for gaining admission to a major.

Preparing Your Appeal

The online workshops provide assistance and answer questions regarding the appeal process.

University College can also assist students with explaining the appeal process, determining major options, and making progress toward a degree. Please contact University College Academic Advisement at (309) 438-7604 as soon as possible to speak with an academic advisor who can help.

Before your Appeal

To appeal, students must have an intended major. If a student does not have an intended major, he/she needs to immediately begin the process of selecting a major. Visit the Majors website for assistance.

Your Appeal

To submit an appeal, students should log in to Appeal information will be in the 75-Hour Appeal link in the Academics section of

Notification of Your Decision

Students will be notified of the Appeal Committee's decision by and U.S. mail. If a student's petition is denied, registration for the next semester will be purged and a block will be placed on the student's record for any future registration.

Denied Appeals

If a student’s appeal is denied, registration for the next semester will be purged and a block will be placed on future registration.  The student may not re-enroll at Illinois State for at least one semester.  After one semester, the student has the option to apply for readmission to the University.

Dates and Deadlines for Spring 2018

February 14, 2018

Alerts sent to students with 45, 60 and 75 earned and in progress hours.


March 26, 2018

Official notification sent to students who are required to submit an appeal.


April 2, 2018

Appeal site is available.


April 11, 2018

Appeal site closes. All appeals must be received by this date.

75 Hour Committee begins review of appeals.


May 15, 2018

Decisions are available to students in academic good standing.


June 1, 2018

Decisions are available to students on academic probation.






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