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!

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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?

Comments

Please note that comments close after 90 days.

Brian

December 1, 2014, 10:51 am

Adeel — The TOEFL exam is recommended, not required for your application for admission. You may send the scores from the test you are taking but they may or may not be used in your review process. We will not exempt anyone from the recommendation for TOEFL exam score.

Brian

 

Brian

December 1, 2014, 10:52 am

Gan-Od — Yes, as long as we have your SAT on file by December 12, we will keep your application open to receive the TOEFL exam. Let me know if you have additional questions.

Brian

 

Brian

December 1, 2014, 10:53 am

Anh — The TOEFL exam is recommended, not required for your application for admission. We will not exempt anyone from the recommendation for TOEFL exam score. Let me know if you have additional questions.

Brian

 

Brian

December 1, 2014, 10:57 am

Will — I would recommend calling our office and speaking to one of our admissions counselors. We would be able to help you out with that over the phone. Give us a call 8:30 – 5pm CST at 217-333-0302.

Brian

 

Adeel Sam

December 1, 2014, 4:45 pm

Regarding the TOEFL, I will be doing mine after the deadline. Will this greatly affect my chances of admission, even if I have taken challenging English courses.

I have done my SAT before. You mentioned earlier that if someone sends their SAT before the deadline, they are able to send my TOEFL scores later on?

 

Brian

December 1, 2014, 5:51 pm

Adeel — Your application for admission will remain incomplete until we receive your test score. Every effort will be made to read your application with your TOEFL exam score. We will accept the TOEFL after the deadline as it is recommended and not required for freshmen admission. As long as your SAT is received by December 12, your application will be considered for admission.

Brian

 

Kevin

December 1, 2014, 8:21 pm

I completed a health course online at BYU independent study. The high school I attend everyday will be reporting my health course grade on the transcript they send. Should I list BYU independent study as another school in the application? If so, what should I enter for the dates I entered and left the school? The health course is done at whatever pace the student decides.

 

Andrew

December 1, 2014, 11:47 pm

Hello Sir,
The application webpage didn’t allowed me to proceed, because I didn’t include courses in 9th and 10th grade. I have already included al the courses I have attended in high school. I have pass the GED exam. Please advise how to proceed as soon as possible! Thank You

 

Yewool Kim

December 2, 2014, 5:04 am

Hello, Brian

How long does U of Illinois take to receive my SAT scores? Does it always take 2 or 3 weeks ?

 

Brian

December 2, 2014, 11:10 am

Kevin — Since the class will be reported on your high school transcript, report it within your high school courses. Let me know if you have additional questions.

Brian

 

Brian

December 2, 2014, 11:13 am

Andrew — Due to the nature of your questions, please give us a call so we can help you through the application. Our phone number is 217-333-0302 and are available Monday through Friday, 8:30am – 5pm.

Brian

 

Brian

December 2, 2014, 11:14 am

Yewool — If you have sent your scores by the deadline (December 1) we should be able to receive them by the deadline of December 12. Let me know if you have additional questions.

Brian

 

Prateek

December 2, 2014, 9:00 pm

Hi sir,
I will be giving another SAT this month on 6th, for improvement. Will you accept that score? Considering the fact that you want the scores and the necessary documents by 12th December and it won’t be out by then.

 

sakshi

December 2, 2014, 9:18 pm

no online application would be accepted after dec 1?

 

Roshni Dutta

December 3, 2014, 10:18 am

Hi Brian,
Where should I input my icse(Class X, India) ?

 

Brian

December 3, 2014, 3:06 pm

Prateek — We must receive at least one test score of SAT or ACT to complete your application by December 12th. We will consider any additional test received past December 12 so long as they are received prior to your decision being posted in February.

Brian

 

Brian

December 3, 2014, 3:07 pm

Sakshi — Our application is currently still open, so if you’d like to apply, I would recommend doing so as soon as possible. We aren’t sure when the application will close so do it as soon as you can. Let me know if you have any questions.

Brian

 

Brian

December 3, 2014, 3:08 pm

Roshni — Your Standard X from India will need to be submitted in the Courses Year 9-11 section on the application. You will mark each selection as an “Exam” for class type. Let me know if you have additional questions.

Brian

 

Krishna

December 5, 2014, 2:18 pm

Hello sir,

I have a general question, when a student submits scores from 2 sat tests, does the university consider the score in which the total is highest or does it consider highest scores in individual sections over the 2 tests.

 

Brian

December 5, 2014, 5:52 pm

Krishna — Illinois will consider the two exams and the individual sub scores from the exam to determine the range in which the student is performing. We will never use this to the students disadvantage.

Brian

 

Tejas

December 7, 2014, 1:10 am

Hi Brian,

I have submitted my SAT score on 26th of November but it has not yet reflected on my application dashboard. Please help me out.

 

Muhammad Shanzer Khan

December 8, 2014, 12:00 am

Hello Brian, i have given my first SAT exam on December 6th, and the other one is on January 24th. You have blogged about at least one score being mandatory to be sent before 12th of december. My problem is that my Sat scores will come in late after 12th December. Can you help me out?

 

Brian

December 8, 2014, 12:48 pm

Tejas — Please continue to check your myIllini account to make sure the scores have been added to your application. It may take up to two weeks to receive and upload your scores to your application. Please let me know if you have additional questions.

Brian

 

Brian

December 8, 2014, 12:49 pm

Muhammad — It is not guaranteed that your application will be read if you send ACT or SAT scores after the December 12th deadline. However, we will work to add them to your application should we receive them. Let me know if you have additional questions.

Brian

 

Tejas

December 11, 2014, 11:02 pm

Hello Brian

My SAT score has reached in time but the TOEFL score is going to reach on 12/12. Is it okay if the score reaches on the deadline date?

 

Naman Agrawal

December 11, 2014, 11:22 pm

Brian,
I could not send my ACT scores before 11th december. Am I really late? and is it going to effect my application?

 

Brian

December 12, 2014, 10:24 am

Tejas — Yes, we will add the TOEFL score to your application once it is received. Please let me know if you have additional questions.

Brian

 

Brian

December 12, 2014, 10:25 am

Naman — The deadline was December 12 for Illinois to receive test scores. We will match your scores with your application once they arrive. If you have yet to send the scores, please do so as soon as possible. This may have a disadvantage on your application since they arrived after the deadline.

Brian