Your student has been admitted … now what?!

Hello, parents.

Congratulations, your student has been admitted!!!

Soon, your student will be leaving home to start their college adventure. I know this can be a tough time.

Before we get to the leaving part, what do you do now? This is where the admitted student checklist becomes an important tool for you. This blog will take you through the next steps as an admitted student. This is important information for both you and your student. The admitted student checklist is detailed on your child’s myIllini account, where they will go to be perform most of these tasks.

Admitted Student Checklist:


First, either accept or decline the offer of admission. In order to accept the offer, a nonrefundable enrollment fee of $150.00 must be submitted. This must be done before completing most of the steps in the checklist; however, you can apply for financial aid and check the status of your student’s financial aid beforehand. If they applied with a fee waiver, or if they 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 the high school counselor send a fee waiver to our office so that we can waive the enrollment fee and housing advance payment.

NetID and Computing

Your student will also need to set up a NetID and NetID password. They will frequently use the NetID to access different resources on campus. In order to do this, they will need their Activation Code and University Identification Number (UIN), both of which are available through their myIllini account.

Tip: Your child should make sure the NetID is something he or she will remember. In addition, it will be part of their email address here at Illinois, so your student should make it something they will not 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, do that as soon as possible, and make sure to have it sent to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Their financial aid packages should arrive around February 2018. 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 the offer of admission, have your student complete the University Residence Hall contract online with the housing advance payment or apply online with a Private Certified Housing facility.

Tip: Be sure that your student is the one who fills the housing survey. Parents, do not fill this out; you may not know your student’s preferences as well as you might think.

Summer Registration

Summer Registration is a 1-day program where your student will meet with an academic advisor and register for fall courses. Dates will be available in mid-March. An email with more information will be sent 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. Your student must complete these at least 2 weeks prior to your registration date.

Placement Tests

Your student must complete their 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 they are required to take.

Final Transcripts

Your student will need to have their official final transcripts sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions directly from their high school as soon as their final grades are posted. We must receive them by July 10. Official final transcripts need to include all grades from years 9 to 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 assistance 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 child’s official admitted student checklist, it is a very important tip! If your student used an email address from his or her high school to set up his or her myIllini account, I would recommend contacting the high school to ask whether that email address will be inactivated at the end of the school year. If so, please be sure your child submits the biographical change form via his or her myIllini account prior to the high school email address being shut down.

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

That is it! If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office and we will be able to help guide you through this process.



Assistant Director, Undergraduate Admissions
I graduated from the University of Illinois (LAS ’02) and had the honor to play football for the Orange and Blue. I received my masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Illinois Springfield.


  • I live in Savoy and I wonder how can I get information about housing waiver, then my son could live with me. Thanks!

  • We live in Des Moines, IA. For summer registration can it be done online or is there a need to be present at Campus. In FAQ, it says above 500 miles can have the opportunity to register online.

    Also, are the dates for registration is flexible or will be assigned by University admissions office.



  • Hi Brain

    My daughter got admitted to UIUC computer Science program.
    Could you please let us know when we can expect to hear any decisions regarding Merit based scholarships.


  • Hello Sam,

    Thank you for your comment.

    If you live more the 500 miles from the University of Illinois campus, you may be able to meet with your academic advisor and register for classes online. You can find out in the admitted student checklist in your myIllini account.

    There will be enough program dates to accommodate all new freshman. You will have a choice of which date you are able to attend. Those dates will be available in mid-March.

    Please let me know if you have any more questions.

  • Hello Venkat,

    All merit-based awards should be made no later than March 1st.

    Please let me know if you have any more questions.

  • Hello Michelle,

    The deadline to accept/decline the offer of admission is May 1. The sooner your student accepts their offer of admission, the sooner they can sign up for Summer Registration, submit their housing request, and more.

  • My daughter got accepted for Class of 2022. Is there a facebook group for parents of newly admitted students?

  • Hello Richa,

    Unfortunately, we do not have a Facebook group for parents.

    Please let me know if you have any more questions.

  • Hi Brian,
    My daughter has been selected for Computer Science and Mathematics undergraduate course.
    There seem to be major discrepancy in the estimated cost range as displayed on the site and on using the cost calculator. Who should I approach to gauge a ball park figure?


  • Dear Brian,

    My child got the admission. Thanks. Is that deposit $150 to be immediately?


  • Hello Faisal,

    International students will not fill out the FAFSA.

    Please let me know if you have any more questions.

  • Hello Vinay,

    In the cost calculator, you will have to option to view the per semester cost and per year cost. If you view the per year cost it will match the estimated cost range you see on other Illinois webpages.

    Please let me know if you have any more questions.

  • Hello Thiruppathi,

    The enrollment deposit is due by May 1st. You can submit the deposit as soon as you wish.

    Please let me know if you have any other questions.

  • Hi Brian,

    What is the process of paying the enrollment fee? Will my son and I get an email regarding payment?


  • Hello Johnetta,

    Your son can go through his myIllini account to accept his admission and pay the enrollment fee. The enrollment fee is $150.

    Please let me know if you have any more questions.

  • Hello, please I will like to know if my son must accept the offer before release of merit based scholarship list? 2. If he is selected for scholarship, how will we get to know? 3. Do you have any other type of scholarship for international students? Thank you

  • Hello Joyce,

    Merit-based scholarships will be released at the latest by March 1st. You will not need to accept admission to view the award. Awards will come through the myIllini account.

    Typically, international students do not receive scholarships. Other avenues to find scholarships will be through Education USA,, and Funding for US Study,

    Please let me know if you have any more questions.

  • What is meant by pre- Engineering ? Weather all freshman students have to go through to get in to the courses of their choice?

  • My daughter applied with a few waiver she received from attending a UI sponsored event. The site indicates if you applied with a few waiver you can accept the offer of admissions without paying the enrollment fee. Would that also apply to my daughter?

  • Hello Umesh,

    Pre-Engineering, or PREP, is for students that wish to pursue an engineering major but was not admitted to the College of Engineering. This is not a program for all incoming freshman, only for students wishing to pursue an engineering program.

    Please let me know if you have any more questions.

  • Hello Naema,

    The waiver will apply to the enrollment fee as well.

    Please let me know if you have any more questions.

  • Hi Brian,
    If my daughter accepts the offer of admissions, is that binding, meaning she has to withdraw all her other applications with other institutions?

  • Hello Naema,

    Accepting the offer of admission is not binding.
    The $150 enrollment deposit fee is non-refundable though.

    Please let me know if you have any more questions.

  • Our son was just informed he is a National Merit finalist, do you offer additional scholarships for those students who qualify and if so, when do those come out?

  • Hello Judy,

    Illinois does not offer additional scholarships outside our merit-based awards. All merit awards should be made no later than March 1.

    Please let me know if you have any more questions.