New International Illini: Next Steps for Fall 2017
First things first, and this never gets old …
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR NEWLY ADMITTED ILLINI!!!
I am hoping that your reaction to finding out you were admitted went something like this:
We get that.
Once the excitement of being admitted wears off, you probably have some questions. When do I have to decide, do I get a letter, what about my visa, when can I come? All great questions.
I am going to get you started with some popular questions and answers here, but remember to keep asking more questions in the coming months. Many of you have some tough choices to make; getting the answers to your questions will just make it easier to make the right choice.
What does my decision mean?
Some of you may be excited you were admitted, but not totally sure what your decision means. Zoe has a new blog specifically explaining what each of our decisions are. I highly recommend checking it out. She will go into more detail on what decisions you may have received. You can also always feel free to call our office to discuss your decision.
Where do I get my acceptance letter?
Actually, we don’t mail Notice of Admission (NOA) letters internationally. We do make sure every student has access to their official NOA, though. Your official Notice of Admission will soon be available through your Admitted Student Checklist in your myIllini Account (at the bottom of the page under Additional Information). It does take us a few weeks after we release decisions online to get them all scanned and attached to your file, so be aware that it won’t be ready right away.
Unlike Harry, you can get your letter online when Uncle Vernon isn’t looking.
How long do I have to accept my offer?
All students (early action and regular decision) have until May 1 to accept their offer of admission. There is actually no real advantage to accepting your offer prior to this date. Even housing is on a lottery system—as long as you submit your University Housing application by May 15, you have an equal chance at getting an early housing selection time slot. This is so you have plenty of time to check out all of your offers, ask questions, and make the best decision for you and your family.
When can I apply for my student visa?
In order to apply for your F-1 student visa, you need to get an I-20 from the university. The I-20 application is only available to students after they accept their offer for admission, and we do not start sending I-20s out until early March, but you can apply as soon as you accept your offer. The Obtaining a Student Visa page gives more details on this process.
When do I need to be on campus?
This question will depend. Some of you may be planners who are booking flights months in advance; others like to wait until closer to when it needs to be done. Either way, everyone should mark Sunday, August 20, on their calendar, the date new international students need to be on campus for International Orientation. I will be blogging more about this program as it gets closer, but it is a great time to get to campus early, learn a lot, and make lots of new friends.
What about everything else!?!?!
Actually, that myIllini account you used to apply? That is the key to making sure you have everything you need done to become an Illini for Fall 2017. The Admitted Student Checklist will make sure you know what is coming up and what has to be done before you get to campus. Don’t forget to keep checking it throughout the next few months.
Remember, keep asking questions and watch out for more blogs on these topics and many others in the coming months.
And now, back to feeling awesome!