Why Illinois? The Students!

May 1st is coming. (As if you could forget.) While the deadline approaches, current student bloggers like Ria, Alec, and Connie have been blogging about their choice, and in the Admissions Office we have been sending you emails with some of the 200+ reasons to choose Illinois. Lots going on.

Well, I have read the blogs and clicked through the list. They are all helpful in their own way, but I want to talk more about what I consider the most important part of Illinois: Our students, or (hopefully) future you!

To really show you how amazing the people on our campus are, I decided to go out into campus and find some examples to share with you. Field trip!

school bus

First I headed to the Main Quad on a sunny afternoon. Students with the Red Cross were doing sign-ups for a blood drive, a Muslim student group was handing out flowers, and other groups were selling flautas and tostatas (yum). I spoke to Lindsay, a senior Advertising major, about Love Every BODY. This group, which advocates on campus to end body shaming, is part of Lindsay’s capstone project for her Leadership minor. Today they were on the Quad taking pictures of people and promoting a positive body image. They have also put together public service announcements that run at the Campus Rec centers. A pretty great way to spend the last few weeks of her senior year and make a positive impact on campus. You go, Lindsay!


Next, I decided the real heroes among our student body are the students who have to put up with me. So I headed over to see what was happening in the I-Star (Admissions Student Worker) cube. When I got there, Gail was ready to help me out. We chatted for awhile about a lot of things—her work in the Infant Cognition Lab, research she did on health disparities in articles, how jealous she is of incoming students, and so on. When I asked what she was most proud of about her time on campus, she went right to working in the Admissions Office. According to Gail, being an I-Star really pushed her personal development and made her more self-assured. Some of her proudest moments are when she gets to take a tour group across the Main Quad and she sees everyone get excited about Illinois. When she leaves campus this spring she is going to head right to graduate school, where she will be studying public health and hopefully continue to share her love of Illinois. 😉


My final stop was this week’s Undergraduate Research Symposium. While I was there I met Lyu and Qin, both sophomore Electrical Engineering students. They took a few minutes to explain their research using satellite images to determine the level of pollution in the air, something that is usually determined using chemical tests. While I am generally confused about most technical things, they both did a great job explaining the steps they took to get to their final image where they determine the pollution level. The crazy part is they were only working on this for a few months! Don’t worry, according to Qin they did still have time to sleep. What really gets me excited is that Lyu and Qin are both sophomores on campus. Think about the work they could do to develop something like this on campus over the next couple of years! Or they could decide to transfer their focus to another area—one of the benefits of being on a research-focused campus.  Either way, I am sure they will both be doing some pretty amazing things.


It basically boils down to this: Think about yourself; you are awesome (trust me, you are). When you come to Illinois you are going to become a part of a community with over 44,000 other people who are just as amazing as you, Lindsay, Gail, Lyu, and Qin are for a million different reasons. Any time you get all of those awesome, amazing, super cool, passionate people together, amazing things happen. We look forward to seeing what you do when you join us. #chooseILLINOIS #Illinois2020 #Ithinkthatishowhashtagswork


Please note that comments close after 90 days.


April 22, 2016, 10:43 pm

Hi here!
Thanks for giving this useful information. It is few days past mid-April, and I wonder whether have you offered admissions to some students from the wait-list. Because I have almost decided which university should I go, your final decision is crucial to me. Thanks again and looking forward to your reply!!:)


Ketan K Kotak

April 25, 2016, 4:19 am

We will shortly be taking a decision of admitting our child for Mechanical Engineering BE Program & we have shortlisted UIUC as a preferred University.

However we are concerned with the recent reports that the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is preparing for layoffs in the fall if lawmakers do not solve the state’s budget impasse by then. Although the budget has been sanctioned on friday it is very meagre compared to the actual amount required.

Kindly inform us how the state budget cuts is going to affect the functioning & quality of education at UIUC presently & in future.



April 26, 2016, 9:29 am

Hello Hang,

At this point we have not pulled anyone from the wait list. Decisions on pulling from the wait list won’t be made until after May 1st. Only those students that accepted their wait list offer through their myIllini account or students who were admitted into their second choice program would be considered. These students will be contacted directly by our office.

If you have more questions feel free to contact our office at admissions@illinois.edu or (217) 333-0302.



April 26, 2016, 9:31 am

Hi Ketan,

The University has put into place a budget task force to make sure we are in a good financial position both short and long term. There are certainly some unknowns given the state budget situation, and the landscape is subject to change in a short period of time as we have seen in the partial funding agreement reached this past week in the state legislature. A guiding principle of the budgeting process is to make sure we continue to prepare students to be global citizens and leaders in the 21st century. This, in part, means the University will work to see that there is as little impact as possible on the undergraduate student experience, students continue to have access to the resources they need to be successful, and students are able to complete their degrees on time in 4 years.



April 28, 2016, 9:02 pm

I don’t understand why a university denies people, like me, who apply for admission. I applied in 2014, I am a veteran, and I have guaranteed money to pay for the tuition. While in the military I had to take college courses via online because of my rigorous training schedule and maintained my grades still. I was denied because I didn’t have adequate classroom time and yet children from high school and other countries are able to get accepted but have never attended college. Oh, did I mention, I have the money for each semester. Here we are in a state that is broke, and school systems on the verge of drawbacks, cuts, and didn’t the U of I help with the MAP grants? If your admission selection wasn’t so strict I would be finishing year 2 with the school I have grown up to love and yet feel so distant from, because of rejection. I feel like the kid in the group that is the last pick but nobody really wants. I find it hard to see why the students are the best when you don’t accept all the best.



May 1, 2016, 2:19 pm

Hi Jesse,

Thanks for reaching out. I understand that it can be challenging to understand a denial decision and I’m sorry to hear that you feel distant. We are happy to talk about your situation and to give you advice moving forward, should you want it. Please call our office: 217.333.0302.



May 9, 2016, 8:43 pm

Hi Amber,
I am sorry to bother you again for the same question: Since I knew some students were offered admission from the waitlist, I wonder whether the LAS still has empty space for me? Thanks! 🙂



May 10, 2016, 6:50 am

I’m an international student. I was contacted by the office this morning(night in USA) that I got admitted from the waitlist. But as I went to accept the offer and pay the deposit, the button to accept was gray. It reads“The deadline to accept the offer has passed”.
Could you please tell me how to accept the offer? I think this might be a technical problem, because I received the email 10 hours ago.
Thank you.



May 10, 2016, 1:13 pm

Hi Jiaoyang,
Thanks for reaching out! Yes, it was a technical problem that has since been fixed, so you should now be able to accept. If you continue to have trouble, though, give us a call at 217-333-0302!



May 10, 2016, 1:32 pm

Hello Again Hang,

All students should have their final waitlist decision by June 1st. Until that time I would recommend watching your inbox for updates. If you have more questions feel free to contact the Admissions Office directly at admissions@illinois.edu.