Congratulations, you’ve been admitted! Now what?

Congratulations Illini, you’ve been admitted!!! But what do you do now? Look no further than your admitted student checklist. In this blog I’ll be taking you through your next steps as an admitted student. Also, feel free to check your admitted student packet, which you’ll be receiving in the mail soon.

Your admitted student checklist is detailed on your myIllini account, and that’s also where you’re going to be performing most of these tasks.

Admitted Student Checklist:


First and foremost, either accept or decline your offer of admission. In order to accept your offer, you must submit a nonrefundable enrollment fee of $150.00. This must be done before completing most of the steps on your checklist, however, you can apply for financial aid, and check the status of your financial aid, beforehand. If you applied with a fee waiver, or if you qualify for a fee waiver, you will not need to pay the enrollment fee or housing advance payment.

Tip: If you paid the application fee, but you qualify for a fee waiver, go ahead and have your high school counselor send a fee waiver to our office so that we can waive the enrollment fee and housing advance payment for you.

NetID and Computing

You also need to set up your NetID and NetID password. You’ll frequently use your NetID to access different resources on campus. In order to do this, you will need your Activation Code and University Identification Number (UIN) both of which are available through your myIllini account.

Tip: Make sure that your NetID is something that you’ll remember. Also, it will be part of your email address here at Illinois so make it something that you won’t be embarrassed to put on any documents, resumes, etc.

Financial Aid

Hopefully by this point you’ve filed your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If not, go ahead and do that as soon as possible and make sure to have it sent to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Your financial aid packages should arrive around February of 2017. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.


Housing applications are available starting in December. After accepting your offer of admission, complete your University Residence Hall contract online with your housing advance payment or apply online with a Private Certified Housing facility.

Tip: Be sure that you are the one that fills your housing survey. Don’t have your parents do it for you, because they don’t know your preferences as well as you might think!

Summer Registration

Summer Registration is a 1-day program where you’ll meet with an academic advisor and register for your fall courses. Dates will be available in mid-March. You’ll receive an email with more information at that time. So keep an eye out for that!

College Registration Homework

Summer Registration homework and tutorials will be available online starting in early April. You must complete these at least 2 weeks prior to your registration date.

Placement Tests

You must complete your placement tests at least 2 weeks prior to your registration date. Placement tests will be available starting in May.

Tip: Click the link above to see which placement tests you’re required to take!

Final Transcripts

You need to have your official final transcripts sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions directly from your high school as soon as your final grades are posted. We must receive them by July 10. Official final transcripts need to include all grades from years 9-12 as well as a graduation date.

Required Immunizations

Immunization forms must be completed and submitted to McKinley Health Center by July 1. International students must bring their completed forms to campus.

Disability-Related Resources

Students with disabilities must contact Disability Resources and Educational Services to request and obtain disability related assistances at least 6 weeks before the first day of classes. This will allow for enough time to make the necessary accommodations.


Additional Information:

myIllini Email Address

While this isn’t part of your official Admitted Student Checklist it is a very important tip! If you used an email address from your high school to set up your myIllini account, I would recommend contacting your high school to ask whether or not that email address will be inactivated at the end of the school year. If so, please be sure to submit the biographical change form via your myIllini account prior to your high school email address being shut down.

Ensure that you change your email address to an account that you check regularly as we will be sending you some very important information over the summer via email.

That’s it! Pretty easy right? If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office and we’ll be able to help guide you through this process.

Finally, go ahead and give yourself a pat on the back because you’re now a college student!!!



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December 17, 2016, 6:43 am

Yay! I got accepted! I am a Illini! When do I know if I am accepted to the James Scholar Program? I really really want that. My brother is one (class of 2019) and we have the same ACT scores and I have more APs. Should I send my first semester grades of the senior year to improve my chances?



December 17, 2016, 4:52 pm

So you said we will receive our financial aid packages mid April but what about if we want to enroll earlier than that? Will we still be able to see that information?


Morgan Payne

December 17, 2016, 5:02 pm

So happy on my acceptance into U of I!! I would like to inquire about accepting this school. Does that mean I committed? Also does this acceptance offer expire? I haven’t received my FAFSA from U of I, it would be okay if I waited until after I receive that?



December 17, 2016, 5:56 pm

How do I check the status of my financial aid?


Andrea Gutierrez

December 17, 2016, 8:35 pm

Awesome! I’m in! Even though I’m excited to start as an Illini I have a concern. I’m planning on switching my major to one within a different college. The engineering major for which I was accepted WAS my top career choice but I have found my love for actuarial science too little too late. Is there any way I could be accepted into the College of LAS before starting my freshman year? Will that affect any scholarships I may have recieved? Whom should I contact?



December 18, 2016, 1:17 am

Hi! Is there/will there be an official Facebook group started by the school somewhere to help find roommates, etc?



December 18, 2016, 11:49 am

Excited I’m accepted! How/when will I know if I received any type of merit award and/or scholarships/grants to figure overall cost?


Robert Cooper-Norris

December 18, 2016, 9:29 pm

When will I be notified of any merit-based scholarships I am eligible for?



December 19, 2016, 10:16 am

Hi everyone! I will be responding to all comments made so far within this one comment.

NK: Congratulations on being admitted! Due to the personal nature of your question please contact our office at (217) 333-0302 or at

Alyson: Congratulations on being admitted! We recently received new information and have updated this blog to indicate that you should receive a financial aid package around February. I would recommend contacting the Office of Student Financial Aid regarding your question at (217) 333-0100 or at

Morgan Payne: Congratulations on being admitted! If you accept your offer and pay the $150.00 enrollment fee, then you will have indicated to us that you will be attending Illinois in the Fall of 2017. You have until May 1 to either accept or decline your offer and put down the enrollment fee. It’s definitely okay to wait until after you receive your financial aid package to accept or decline your offer! Not a problem at all.

Yoni: Congratulations on being admitted! You can check the status of your financial aid via your myIllini account. However, at this time I don’t believe there would be anything to show. As you can see above in the blog, financial aid packages will start rolling out around February. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at (217) 333-0100 or at

Andrea Gutierrez: Congratulations on being admitted! There are some severe repercussions that will occur if you submit the program/term change form. Therefore, I would highly recommend contacting our office prior to submitting this form in order to get all of the appropriate information. You can reach us at (217) 333-0302.

Marisa: Congratulations on being admitted! We will not be starting an official Facebook group, however, there are usually some unofficial groups started by admitted students (but beware of incorrect information within these groups!). If you would like help finding a roommate University Housing allows students to search for compatible roommates ( It’s a really great way to get to know other students.

Olivia: Congratulations on being admitted! Due to the personal nature of your question please contact our office at (217) 333-0302 or at

Robert Cooper-Norris: Congratulations on being admitted! Due to the personal nature of your question please contact our office at (217) 333-0302 or at



January 19, 2017, 7:22 pm

Hi, Zoe,

From the myIllini , it shows my son has been invited to participate in 2 honors programs.

But , up today, my son only got one letter, which informed him the admission to one honor program . When will UIUC send him the letter about the second honor program?

Can a student join two honor programs?





January 20, 2017, 8:32 am

Hi Grace,
Congratulations on your son’s admission! Due to the personal nature of your question please contact our office at (217) 333-0302 or at


Shayak Bandyopadhyay

February 4, 2017, 9:50 pm

Thanks for offering me to become Illini. I have been offered my first choice (Biochemistry) but I would also to explore the possibility to know my chances to get my stated second choice (biomolecular engineering). Please let me know your thoughts.



February 5, 2017, 9:34 am

Hi Shayak,

Congratulations!! Students stay in the major in which they were admitted for their first year on campus. As early as Summer Registration, you can work with your academic advisor to explore different majors and colleges on campus. We do have a process to apply to a different major prior to enrolling: a Program Change form. However, we would recommend that you work with an admissions counselor in our office before filing for a program change. You are welcome to call our office at 217-333-0302 with any questions or concerns 🙂


Shayak Bandyopadhyay

February 5, 2017, 12:31 pm

Thank you, Zoe. This is helpful. I will call and check with my admission counselor.



February 5, 2017, 2:18 pm

My son got in pre-engineering program. Is that mean he got in the Engineering school already? What happen if her GPA will be lower than 3.0 at the first year? Will she force out the Pre-Engineering to be other school?



February 6, 2017, 8:58 am

Hi Connie,
I would recommend taking a look at our Pre-Engineering Program FAQ ( This should be able to answer a lot of the questions that you’ve asked!

If you have any further questions they can be directed to Jenni Kotowski (email address:



February 9, 2017, 12:49 am

I was not aware of the honors programs beforehand…is there a way I can apply for those now?



February 9, 2017, 9:08 am

Hi Rithvik,
We actually automatically consider all students for any honors programs they qualify for. At this point we have notified all students if they received honors.
However, you are able to nominate yourself for an honors program after enrolling at Illinois.