4 Things to Do After You Submit the Application

You’ve poured over essay drafts, self-reports, and application questions for what feels like days, maybe even weeks, and there it is, in all its glory: the submit button! You check over your application one, two, three…hundred…times, and then:

YOU DID IT! Now what?

First, a little celebration is in order. Step away from your computer, do a little dance, and pat yourself on the back. College applications take a lot of time and effort, and I think it’s fair to say the hardest part is behind you.

Now, as lovely as it would be to just sit back and coast until decisions arrive, let’s make sure a few things are in order:

Confirm we have all application materials (not just your application!)

The application is just one of the pieces that we need before your whole file is complete and is sent into review. After your application processes, you can click on it from the dashboard of your myIllini account to access your application status page. (Note: even if you submitted your freshman application through Coalition, you still need to check your status page in your myIllini account.) This page will be incredibly important over the coming months! Your status page will show you what items we have received from you, haven’t received from you, and eventually, your application decision.

The main things we need from students in addition to their application are their application fee or fee waiver and test scores from the testing agency. These items will show up in red as “missing” until they are received and/or matched to your file. If it’s been a few weeks since they’ve been sent and these items still show as missing, please contact us. Sometimes scores might not match to your file in our system if the biographical or contact information on your tests is different than on your application. You should also continue to check back on your myIllini account throughout the process, as we will post on your application status page if we (occasionally, but rarely) need any additional information on your self-report.


If you haven’t had the opportunity already, I would highly encourage you to check out our beautiful campus at some point in your application process. An important consideration in your college decision will be how you feel on the campus that you could soon call your home. What better way to discover that than to experience the campus firsthand? Plus, the foliage in the fall makes it a wonderful time to visit. If visiting isn’t an option for you, I highly recommend our virtual tours—the virtual reality experience was actually created by some of our students!

Communicate with us

You’ll find your admissions counselor’s name on the bottom left-hand side of your myIllini dashboard. You can click on a name to open up an email that will go straight to that counselor. If you have any questions about our admissions process or the university in general, please let us know! You did a great job of navigating your application submission, and we want to make sure you have as much information as you need to navigate your next steps and upcoming admissions decisions as well.

Finish strong

If you are admitted and choose to enroll, you are then going to send your final official high school transcript, which will include your senior year grades. At that point, we will be looking to see that your senior year academic performance was consistent with the level at which you were admitted. Additionally, it is important to do well in your senior year, as many of the courses you are taking are preparation for the types of courses you will have at Illinois. So enjoy your final year of high school and finish strong! You got this.

As mentioned above, if you have any questions that are specific to your submitted application or materials, please feel free to contact our office directly! Otherwise, let us know if you have any questions in the comments below.


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Krithi Bharadwaj

December 5, 2017, 1:44 pm

Thanks very much for this information. It is very helpful.


Yuang Chen

December 5, 2017, 1:54 pm

Several of my friends are attending UIUC now and they have been talking to me about for a period of time, but what’s in my own view, is even better! Really wish I could receive good news from admissions soon.


Zhenni Xu

December 5, 2017, 4:54 pm

Thank you for those good advices! I’m an international student and I’m so excited for applying to UIUC. Can’t wait to see the result in February!


Qingyang Wang

December 5, 2017, 5:00 pm

UIUC is my dream school. I look forward to hearing good news about admissions ASAP.


zhaoyu liu

December 5, 2017, 6:09 pm

I hope i can study in UIUC and bring my talent there.Hope all the hard work will pay off!


Jack Shao

December 5, 2017, 6:42 pm

Good luck to everyone that applied! Hopefully we can celebrate the holidays with good news in the mail.


Ashley Yu

December 5, 2017, 6:58 pm

Very helpful info. Thank you for providing me! Hope my application would have a happy ending.


Gottumukkala Divya Chari

December 5, 2017, 7:01 pm

Thank you so much for the information. As I am waiting for my decision eagerly, this information was very helpful.


Codi Weisz

December 5, 2017, 7:42 pm

Thanks, those are good suggestions!


Antian Wang

December 5, 2017, 7:46 pm

Very detailed and comprehensive advice on post-submission period. That’s warm like the sunlight in winter days. Thanks very much!


Xi Chen

December 5, 2017, 8:53 pm

Thanks a lot for the advice! Really looking forward to hearing good news from UIUC. 🙂


Mihir Mohan

December 5, 2017, 11:07 pm

Sounds great


Ritik Raina

December 5, 2017, 11:07 pm

Thank you very much for your insightful points. I am looking forward to hear good news sometime soon from the admissions office.


Yu Qiao

December 5, 2017, 11:59 pm

Thank you very much for the information!


Jun Ho Jung

December 6, 2017, 6:57 am

Thanks for this information. I wish to hear good news from admissions soon.


Aejin Kim

December 6, 2017, 10:13 am

Thank you so much for helpful information!! I really hope to receive good news from admission.


Ryan Liang

December 6, 2017, 12:49 pm

Thanks for the information! It’s helpful indeed.


Philip J Unes

December 6, 2017, 5:40 pm

Will we hear through email or mail on Dec. 15th?


Christopher Flores

December 6, 2017, 6:41 pm

Thank you so much for this information. Look forward to hearing good news soon ?


Inaaz Mirza

December 6, 2017, 8:16 pm

Thank you so much for the helpful information! I’m looking forward to hearing good news from admissions soon!


Han Weng

December 6, 2017, 11:57 pm

Thanks for all the helpful information. It was a great experience to apply for UIUC, and I hope I am able to continue my journey at this wonderful university.


Ryan Liang

December 6, 2017, 11:58 pm

By the way, thumbs up for UIUC’s response to the Suburban Express event!


Tianchen Wang

December 7, 2017, 12:06 am

Great information!!!!
I really hope that I could receive an email named as “Congratulations” From the University of Illinois!!!!


Shuyu Zhu

December 7, 2017, 12:28 am

Thank you so much for this helpful information. I hope I can hear good news from admissions soon!!!


Annika Kumar

December 7, 2017, 1:45 am

Thank you for this! Eagerly waiting for the decision.


Alec Liv-Feyman

December 7, 2017, 8:01 am

Good luck to all applicants hoping to hear some good news soon!


Ziyu, Liu

December 7, 2017, 6:00 pm

Thank you for your valuable advice. I’m looking forward to hearing good news from you.


Shuqi Wang

December 7, 2017, 6:27 pm

Thank you for this helpful informtion and hope that I can hear good news from admmisions soon!!!❤️



December 8, 2017, 9:08 am

Hey Philip! You will receive an email on December 15 instructing you to log into your myIllini account to view your admissions decision. Good luck!


Feiyao Tan

December 9, 2017, 10:10 am

Great information and beautiful university campus.


Shubham Jain

December 9, 2017, 9:00 pm

Thank you, Danny for advice! Very helpful. I did take some time off to unwind and now looking forward to big day! I know competition is tough but I am confident 🙂


Dejah T

December 11, 2017, 8:35 am

Approximately what time on Fri Dec. 15th will the results be posted?


Ethan Sean Venkatesan

December 11, 2017, 6:19 pm

Thank you, looking forward to becoming the alumni of UIUC.


Annesha Sengupta

December 12, 2017, 11:55 am

Thanks for your advice. Do I need to send my high school transcripts and other necessary documents by mail prior to the admission decision?



December 12, 2017, 4:26 pm

Dejah, admissions decisions are posted sometime after 4:00pm on the day you expect to receive your decision.



December 12, 2017, 4:27 pm

Hey Annesh! No, you don’t need to worry about sending documents to our office until after you receive your admissions decision.