I Applied … Now What?

First things first, if you have already submitted your application through myIllini you should celebrate! I know from experience our application can take time and coordination to fill out.  Submitting your myIllini application, application fee/fee waiver, ACT/SAT and TOEFL/IELTS (highly recommended for our international applicants) means you had a lot of things to get done.  You should feel accomplished, especially since you are probably doing this for multiple schools!

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Now, before your post-application daze sets in, I have a few tips to keep you prepared for decision release day, the May 1st decision date, and the end of senior year.

1. Keep checking your myIllini account! (This one is SUPER important.)

Sometimes things will happen, the test scores you sent will accidentally go to another campus or we will take a look at your Self-Reported Academic Record and notice you forgot to report any math classes and send it back for editing … these things are very rare, but they can happen. Keeping an eye on your account assures when decision day comes you will actually have a decision.

2. Come visit!

Fall is a beautiful time to be on campus, plus actually visiting campus will help you when it is time to make your final decision on where you want to study for the next four years. On top of that, you can come meet some of your favorite admissions counselors in person. We have walk-in hours from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.  For some of you, this just won’t be an option, and that is okay. You can still call our office or email with questions. I will also be doing a blog specifically for students who can’t make it to campus later this fall.


3. Keep studying.

I know, it can be tempting to let your grades slip a little senior year. If I am being honest, I can say that I may have had some slippage myself (What can I say, Trig was rough and senioritis was real…).  What you do this year is going to set you up for success when you come to campus. Senior year matters. Plus, we will still get your senior grades this summer, and we review them all.

The expectation is that you maintain the same level of academic performance or your admission offer could be impacted. I can also add from my experience, when your parent or guardian gets that midterm grade, you will regret every bit of that slippage…


4. Enjoy your senior year, or at least your last year at home.

I know everyone says these are the best days of your life. I don’t know if I am going to go that far. Personally, I didn’t really like high school that much (college was much better for me), but looking back, I did enjoy all of the time I got to spend with my family watching movies or teasing my siblings. I LOVED being able to hang out with the friends I had known since middle school; things like that change when you leave for college.

So I suggest going to things like prom (I got one of my favorite pictures from all of high school taken there), or playing an extra video game with your little brother (even if you always lose like I did). College is amazing, but high school can be pretty great, too.



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October 31, 2016, 8:10 pm


My son submitted his application on Oct 29, and now his myIllini account says “Complete”. However, it only lists his SAT scores, but not ACT. We sent both his SAT and ACT scores. Is there any reason only SAT is shown? I want to make sure that his ACT is taken into consideration as well. Thanks. Kevin



November 1, 2016, 1:07 pm

Hello Kevin,

Both scores should show up if they are in our office. There is a chance one set of scores has not been matched to your son’s file yet. If it has been less than three weeks since you sent the score I wouldn’t be concerned. If it has been more than three weeks you can always have your son contact our office to see if the scores didn’t match for some reason (A common reason for a score not to match would be if the name is listed differently on the test than our application.).

The good news is that even if one score is still being sent Illinois will take updated test scores up until shortly before the decision release date, so he should still get Early Action consideration.

I hope this helps!




December 4, 2016, 7:20 pm

Hello, I applied October 28 and was wondering the time frame I would be receiving information on if I was accepted into the school or not. Myillini account is at 100% completed with my test scores and transcripts in there.


sandra smith

December 4, 2016, 8:01 pm

My sons application and status show “completed” and says will update Dec 16. Will there be an update before then?



December 4, 2016, 11:10 pm

Hello! I recently took the December sat. Can I still send the score for this test date?



December 5, 2016, 12:59 am

Hi Amber,

I had already submitted my application for UIUC, yet my application status is still “incomplete” in that my SAT scores are not recieved by UIUC.

It said on myIllini that “Test scores must be received from the testing agency prior to the deadline in order for the application to be considered complete. New scores may be considered until the notification date. “, but my scores are not new scores from November.

Therefore I wanted to ask that will I still be considered as an applicant to UIUC?





December 5, 2016, 2:36 am


I submitted my SAT subject test scores also apart from ACT and TOEFL. But the subject test scores are not shown though the application is mentioned as complete. Hope they are received and are taken into consideration.

Kindly confirm.




December 5, 2016, 9:06 am

Hi McKenzie,

If you log into your myIllini Account and click on your application (it will be the text in blue) the date your decision will be released is at the top of the page. If you had your application in October 28th and your test scores were also in by the Early Action deadline you should get your decision on December 16th. 🙂



December 5, 2016, 9:08 am


Thanks for checking. I know the waiting for decisions can be hard on the student and the parents. At Illinois we stick to what we say are the decision release dates for students; decisions will post for Early Action Applicants on December 16th in the afternoon (after school is out for most of our applicants).



December 5, 2016, 9:12 am

Hi Haley,

Really accepting December test scores completely depends.

If you applied Early Action and will get your decision on December 16th the scores from the December SAT will not likely reach our office in time for consideration.

If you applied with our regular decision group and already submitted one set of test scores we will take updated scores (such as the December SAT) up until we release decisions on February 3rd.

If the December SAT will be the first one you are submitting it may not make it to our office in time for the December 12th test score submission deadline. I would recommend sending another test score ASAP to complete your application on time in this case.

The best way to get answers is always to contact our office directly at admissions@illinois.edu or via phone at (217) 333-0302.



December 5, 2016, 9:23 am

Hi Leo!

I am going to assume you applied using our December 1st application deadline for this one. For students who applied regular decision need to get their application in by December 1st, but they have until December 12th to submit their test scores and still be considered on time.

Let me help you break this part down: “Test scores must be received from the testing agency prior to the deadline in order for the application to be considered complete. New scores may be considered until the notification date.”

So your first set of ACT or SAT scores to reach our office is needed to complete your application (and needs to be here by December 12th). New scores, refers to any scores that would arrive in our office after your first set and would be seen as an update. So you could send your November now and if you decide later you want to submit scores from October or December they would be considered an update to your application and “new” scores for our office.

If you have more questions feel free to contact us directly at admissions@illinois.edu or by phone at (217) 333 – 0302.



December 5, 2016, 9:26 am

Hi Hari,

Unfortunately, Illinois does not use Subject Tests (SAT IIs) for review. This is why they do not show in your myIllini Application Status page as received. Even if you send them we do not consider them in our decision making process.

Sorry, I know this is always a bummer for those students who do choose to send us scores.


ima ikuru

December 5, 2016, 2:06 pm

I have submitted my application and few other supporting documents. I wish to know if all the requested documents are complete and to know when exactly the decision date will be out.



December 5, 2016, 2:35 pm

Hi Ima,

The best way to make sure your application is complete and see when your decision will be released is to check your Application Status page through your myIllini account. This will show you if anything is missing and gives you the date your decision will be released at the top of the page.

If you have questions about what you see you can always reach out to our office at admissions@illinois.edu or call (217) 333 – 0302.


Yasmine Soubai

December 5, 2016, 5:48 pm

Hi Amber,
I have recently sent my application to University of Illinois, and I am trying to send all the required documents prior the deadline. May I know if my official high school transcripts are mandatory? And how should I send them?



December 6, 2016, 9:12 am

Hello Yasmine,

We do not need or accept official transcripts at this time for freshmen applicants, we will use your self-reported academic information for admissions purposes. If you are admitted and accept your offer you will send us a final transcript in June.

All we need for now is your application, application fee or fee waiver, ACT/SAT scores and TOEFL/IELTS if you are studying outside of the US and choose to submit them.

Have a great day!



December 7, 2016, 7:08 am

Hi, Amber

I’m Krystal, I have submitted my application on Nov.30th, and I also sent all my SAT and TOEFL scores to the UIUC, but as I keep checking my status of myIllini in the past weeks, I noticed that my application is aways 75% complete, it said that they didn’t receive both of my test scores, I felt a little bit anxious since this is one of my favorite universities in the United States. So would you please help me check that if y scores were received by your office. Thank you very much!

Krystal (Liu Xinze)



December 8, 2016, 10:23 am

Hello Krystal!

It sounds like you are actually confusing your myIllini account and your application. When you log into your myIllini account there is a bar at the top of the page that tells you how complete your myIllini account is. It will take into account things like if you uploaded a picture (which is optional) and if you have your address etc. That shows as a percentage at the top of the page.

Your application is shown in a different area. To see if your application is complete you have to click on the application link (in blue) and go to your myIllini Application Status page.

I think that should get you what you need, if not feel free to reach out to our office at admissions@illinois.edu.


Yahya Salem

December 9, 2016, 4:41 am

Hi Amber,

I have already completed myIllini Application, however I received an email informing me that my application is incomplete due to the admissions office not yet receiving my IELTS scores. I’ve only received my scores 5 days ago so were they expected to be received by the admissions office on the same date?



December 9, 2016, 8:48 am

Hello Yahya,

The deadline to receive test scores is December 12th. If you do not think you can get your official scores submitted by that deadline (and if you just got them it seems tight) or are unsure about how to send them (IELTS need to be sent via post) I would highly recommend reaching out to our admissions office at admissions@illinois.edu or calling +1 217 333 0302. Since this is application specific it will be best to work with us directly.

Best of luck!



Ji Yun Park

December 10, 2016, 9:26 pm

Hi, Amber

I’m Ji Yun and I recently applied to UIUC. I’m an international student so I’m planning to take the Toefl test this December. May I still send the score even though I submitted my application already?

Ji Yun


Ji Yun Park

December 10, 2016, 9:29 pm

Hi Amber

My name is Ji Yun and I applied to UIUC. I’m an international student so I’m planning to take the toefl this December. However, I already submitted my application. May I please still send my score?

Ji Yun



December 12, 2016, 8:52 am

Hello Ji Yun,

Thank you for reaching out. The deadline to submit test scores is today, but there may still be options for you to complete your application on time and submit your TOEFL scores later. Email our office at admissions@illinois.edu for more help.

Good luck!




December 15, 2016, 5:06 am

Hi Amber,

Where will the decision show for the Early Action Applicants ?

Sai Manik



December 15, 2016, 8:30 am

Hi Sai,

The decisions for all Early Action applicants will be posted in your myIllini account. After you log in you will need to click on the link to your Application Status page (in blue) to see your decision.

Best of luck!