Your student has been admitted … now what?!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Immunization forms must be completed and submitted to McKinley Health Center by July 1. International students must bring their completed forms to campus.
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.
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.