Next Steps for New International Freshmen

Decisions have released and the wait is finally over. After being like this for a long time:

It is finally time to be like this:

Congratulations! We are excited to welcome you all into the Illini family!

The next natural part of being admitted is the questions. Hopefully today’s blog will help address some of those.

What does my decision mean? 

While some admissions decisions are pretty straightforward, there are others that might leave you with a few questions.  Luckily, Danny has your back. Check out his blog for more details on the different decisions you may have received. Additionally, if you have more questions our office is always here to help.

When do I get my acceptance letter? 

Illinois doesn’t actually mail acceptance letters internationally. But we do make them available to all newly admitted students through their myIllini Admitted Student Checklist (you will notice this list is super important). Generally, the Notice of Admission (official name for acceptance letter) is available in the Additional Information section of the Admitted Student checklist 2 to 3 weeks after your decision is released.

How soon can I accept my offer?

Today if you want! But, we don’t want you to rush it. Deciding where to go to school is a big thing. Take your time and ask lots of questions of us and others who have been to Illinois before you. All students (including early action) have until May 1 to make their final decision.

What about my student visa?

An excellent question. Illinois will start issuing I-20s in early March. You won’t be able to submit your I-20 (the document you need to be able to apply for an F-1 visa interview) application until you accept your offer of admission, but after that is done you can submit the application whenever you are ready. Our Obtaining a Student Visa page gives a lot more information on this process, and I will be writing a blog specifically on I-20s and getting a student visa soon.

How soon can I come to campus? 

We know you are excited, because we are too! International Student and Scholar Services will welcome international students to campus Monday, August 20 for the first day of International Student Orientation. We recommend students arrive the day before at the latest so there is time to get adjusted before programming starts.

Anything else I need to know? 

One of the most important things to remember is to keep using your myIllini account. Now that you are an admitted student, this is your hub to do things like register for housing (you have to wait until you accept your offer for this), sign-up for registration, know what transcripts to send, and more.

These are all things to worry about later, for now, let’s focus on more of this:

Congratulations, University of Illinois Class of 2022! 



Admissions Counselor
I've lived in South Korea, Turkey, Mexico, and Ohio. I focus on working with international undergraduate students and helping them through the admissions process.


  • Greetings,

    What about International Graduate admission to the CS PhD Program? when the decision admissions are going to be realeased? are there any early decisions ?


  • Hi Fahad,

    Graduate admission is handled in a different area of campus. If you reach out to the Graduate School they should be able to help.

  • I like your cute stickers. They really help me distinguish illini from other universities. TwT

  • Hey,
    I got an offer for Undeclared major in DGS. But I am inclined towards CS. So what are the chances to get into a CS major after entering DGS.


  • Dear Amber,
    My child has accepted the offer letter. Thank you. However,he was offered his second major option. Will it affect the current given major please should he be unsuccessful in his appeal?

  • Hello and thanks for reaching out! Yes, if a student appeals to another program, they do give up their spot in their second major. Therefore, if they’re unsuccessful in their appeal, they will lose their admission. If you’d like to discuss your child’s situation further, you can give us a call at 217-333-0302.

  • Hello Paridhi, thanks for reaching out! Our CS program is very competitive, so while it is possible to transfer to CS from DGS, very few students successfully do. If you have more questions or would like to discuss your options further, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 217-333-0302.