Tips for February 3

Happy (almost) February!

And that means we are days away from our decision release date (finally!). If you submitted an application to Illinois before December 1 or you were deferred during Early Action, you will receive an admission decision on your myIllini account during the afternoon of February 3.

I have a few recommendations for navigating myIllini:

  • Before Friday: Please, please, please make sure you can access your myIllini account before February 3. If you are having trouble logging into your account, please call us @ 217-333-0302 (you may get to talk to me!).
  • On Friday: Patience is a virtue. We anticipate myIllini will operate slightly slower on February 3 because of the number of applicants logging on to view their decision. Here’s what you can do:
    • You should be the only one logging into your account. If your family and friends are also trying to view your decision, you will be waiting together longer.
    • Check social media, watch your favorite TV show that’s started again, take a power nap, or eat a snack and check your account a bit later.
    • If you are experiencing some delays, please do not continue to hit the refresh button (it will run slower for everyone!). Don’t do this:

When you log in on the 3rd, you’ll see one of three decisions on your application status page: admit, deny, or waitlist. Check out our website for more information about different decisions.

If you have any questions, check out your status page on myIllini (by clicking on the application from your dashboard) or give us a call.

As always, follow @kaci_uofi



Admissions Counselor
I work extensively with our large campus visit programs to give our prospective students first-hand experience of life at Illinois. I grew up in and around Champaign-Urbana, but most recently I moved from northwest Ohio, where I finished my master’s degree in College Student Personnel.


  • Okay, thank you Kaci!
    (In my previous comment, it was supposed to be *Dear. Sorry for the typo. 🙁 )

  • Hi,

    I applied early action and was deferred. My portal’s status still says deferred and says ” Your decision will be posted on February 3rd or later.” Does this mean its possible I do not get my admission decision tomorrow.

  • Hi Josh,

    Happy Friday! We will update your admission status today, unless you applied to Dance, Theatre, or Music. Dance, Theatre, and Music applicants may not have a decision yet due to pending auditions. These decisions will be posted no later than March 1. Please give us a call if you have any questions (217-333-0302) 🙂

  • Hi Kaci,
    I had applied early action and got deferred. My status today suddenly changed from “Deferred” to “Complete”. Can I know what that exactly means?

  • Hi Hariharan,

    Good catch! The status page for all deferred applicants did change to “complete” overnight to allow us to upload updated decisions today. I hope this helps!

  • I applied to the Department of Theatre for a Scenic Design major and have completed my portfolio review. Will that descision be available tonight as well?

    Thank you,

  • Hi Elizabeth,

    Completing your portfolio/audition prior to tonight doesn’t guarantee you will get a decision tonight, but you may! Feel free to call our office or your college if you have specific questions about receiving your complete application.

  • What should we expect to see in the Financial Aid section regarding an aid package? Will it say no aid to be offered, or aid package being created or ???

  • Hi Liz,

    As long as we have received your FAFSA (reflected on your Admitted Student Checklist), we will issue you an award letter by mid-February. The award letter will detail any need-based aid (grants, loans) you were awarded as well as any merit-based scholarships. We notified students when they were admitted if they received a merit-based scholarship. Please feel free to call our office if you have any questions (217-333-0302).

  • Hello Tanya,

    My name is Ima, and I just got admitted. I have also accepted my admission, but please may I know where or what page to send my grade 9 – 12 transcript.?. again, during the filling of my application form, I wrote that I will be submitting West African School Certifcate (SSCE) as my final high school result, but I shall be submitting the cambridge o’levels results for same subjects instead of WASC(SSCE), I hope it is ok. Please advise.
    Best wishes,


  • Hello Kaci, sorry for bordering you so much, I am an international student and i shall be very glad if I am offered a scholarship to help out in the Tuition, housing and others, I have checked through most of the scholarships schemes and it’s all saying they are for Americans. I really loved to be an Illini and my parents were all hoping i could get a scholarship to ease the payments. Could you please check if there is a scholarship scheme for international students to enable me apply and I will be sure of getting it. I shall be grateful for your assistance.

  • Hi Ima!

    I am happy to help answer your questions 🙂 Please send all of your official transcripts to our office using the following address:
    Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    901 West Illinois Street
    Urbana, IL 61801

    Unfortunately, international students are not eligible for need-based financial aid. The application for admission is used for the few merit-based scholarships available. It is rare for international students to receive a scholarship for most majors. Additionally, The Office of Student Financial Aid has more information about tuition and fees.

    Keep in mind that Illinois does have guaranteed tuition, so your base tuition rate freshman year will stay the same for four years.

    Please let me know if you have other questions!