What does your admission decision actually mean?
For those who applied for early action, our first round of admission decisions will be coming out next week!
If you’re looking for more information regarding what your admission decision means for you, you’re definitely in the right place. There are a couple different decisions you could receive, and we’re going to go through all of them and explain what each of them means.
I’ve also linked decisions with any FAQs associated with it. The FAQs have lots of really great information, and I would encourage you to read through them in addition to this blog.
Congrats, you’ve been admitted to Illinois! If you’d like to accept or decline your offer of admission, you can do so via your myIllini account. If you choose to accept, you will also be able to access your Admitted Student Checklist through your myIllini account. (If you want more information on this, see my other blog!).
If you were admitted to a program that was not your first choice, know that we fully considered you for your first-choice major. Unfortunately, we didn’t have room for all qualified applicants, but we still thought you were a good fit for our university, which is why we admitted you into another program instead (sometimes your second-choice major). At this point you’re considered wait listed for your first-choice major. If space becomes available later on, we’ll let you know (even if you’ve declined your alternate offer)!
If you’re interested in transferring to another program after enrolling at Illinois, I’d recommend working with your academic advisor to learn more about the requirements needed to enter that program. More information will be located within your Notice of Admission letter.
Deferred (December notification only)
Since you applied to one of our more competitive majors before our early action deadline, we want to determine how you best fit into this year’s entire freshman applicant pool. In order to do that, we need to wait until we’ve received all applications. This means you’ll receive your final decision on our second notification date of February 3. At that time, you may be admitted, denied, or wait listed.
Please note that while you’re waiting for your final decision, we will not be accepting any additional documents such as mid-year reports, letters of recommendation, etc.
Wait Listed (February notification only)
Within an application cycle, we review many more qualified and capable applicants than we have available positions within the entering class. However, we’re still very interested in some of these students, and we offer them the opportunity to join our wait list. Once we know how many students have accepted our initial offer of admission, we’ll use the wait list to fill the remaining spots in the class.
Please note that our wait list is not ranked. Again, we will not be accepting any additional documents such as mid-year reports, letters of recommendation, etc.
Unfortunately, we were unable to offer you admission to Illinois at this time. However, we do encourage you to explore Illinois as an option for transfer admission after completing 30 transferable credit hours at a different institution. If this sounds like something you might be interested in, please see our Transfer Handbook.
Hopefully this answered your questions regarding your admission decision. If not, feel free to contact our office directly (note that because of the personal nature of admissions decisions, we can’t discuss them via email)!