Last-Minute Application FAQs
As we approach the application for admission deadline of December 1st, the admissions office has been receiving a high volume of phone calls and emails from prospective applicants (and parents) inquiring about the application deadline. I’ve put together a sample of our most frequently asked questions from the past few weeks in hopes that they’ll help answer any questions you may have. Feel free to ask more questions in the comments so that I may add them here or answer them there!
- When is the deadline to submit my application, and when will I find out if I am admitted?
The application deadline is Monday, December 1st at 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time.
All applicants will find out their admissions decision on Friday, February 13, 2015.
- What is the deadline to submit my ACT/SAT/TOEFL/IELTS scores?
Test scores must be received by December 12 to meet the deadline. If your application is complete by December 1, we will consider any additional test scores that are received prior to your decision being posted. Official test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. Copies of student score reports will not be accepted.
- Do I need to report and send all SAT/ACT scores I have taken/sat for?
Although you do not need to submit all SAT/ACT scores, we do recommend that you submit all scores. We will not super score your tests, but we will look at the sub scores on each test to determine your test achievement. We will never use multiple test scores to your disadvantage.
- After I submitted my essay, it lost the paragraph formatting I used. Is that okay?
If you submitted the essay with paragraph formatting, it will have formatting on our end when we review the application. When you review the application it will appear as a block but we see it in paragraphs. Either way, we will still read both essays (usually twice!) as we do with every other application we receive.
- How do I submit an Application Fee Waiver?
Ask your high school counselor or other school official to submit the Application Fee Waiver found on our admissions website.
- Will you consider my first-semester senior year (year 12) grades for my application?
No, Illinois does not consider any senior year grades in the application review process. We will only review course grades from years 9 to 11 and your In Progress course schedule from year 12.
- How do I change my name/email/address/phone number, the academic program I am applying to, or my senior year schedule?
Log in to your myIllini account and the application you submitted for admission. You will see a few links in the upper right-hand corner of the web page. Depending on what you need to change, select the form you need to fill out to tell us the changes that need to be made. We’ll take it from there to change them for you.
- How do I apply for merit-based scholarships?
Good news! Your application for admission automatically qualifies you for all merit-based scholarships available during the admissions process. No extra application is needed to apply for these awards. However, we would encourage you to continue to look for scholarships, grants, and other awards outside of Illinois to put toward your tuition and fees.
- Do you accept letters of recommendation or other additional materials (e.g., DVDs, portfolios, pictures, essays, etc.)?
No, we do not accept letters of recommendation. Unsolicited materials, including letters of recommendation, will be removed from the file and discarded before the application is reviewed. An audition, portfolio, or interview may be required for Fine and Applied Arts applicants. Please see our freshman application procedures for more details.
What other questions do you have as we approach the December 1 deadline?