Decisions are coming!

As promised I wanted to blog about the admission decisions and what they mean for those of you who applied during the priority filing period.  Currently we have disabled the application status section on your summary page.  We do this so we can begin to enter decisions which will be able to be viewed by priority applicants on December 14th at 5:00 p.m. As a reminder all you need to do to see your admission decision is go to the summary page,, and login with the password you created when you applied, or if you used the paper application, the one that was assigned to you. Here is a summary of what decisions will be posted. Admit or Admit/College Reviewed: This is one that needs little explanation.  If you see this decision then congratulations, we would like you to be a part of our class of 2012!  A notice of admission packet will be mailed to you which will explain your next steps.  You can accept your offer of admission online at any point from December 14th through May 1. However, one thing that will not be in your notice of admission packet is scholarship offers.  As a reminder, your application for admission is your application for all merit based scholarships.  Scholarship letters will be mailed by the end of March.  If you are applying for need based aid then the FAFSA form needs to be completed between January 1- March 15.  Those letters will also be mailed in March.Deny:  Unfortunately this means that we were unable to admit you to our freshman class.  A letter will also be mailed to you explaining this decision.  Students interested in learning about the possibility of transferring to Illinois after one year can visit our transfer student section on the admissions web site at: This can be the most confusing of all of the decisions.  Students who see the defer decision are still being considered for admission, but unfortunately we will need to wait until the second decision date of February 15th to post their decision. Students can be deferred for a number of reasons.  If you have applied to a program that requires an audition or portfolio review and that review has not been completed, then you will be deferred. Students who have some strengths but are quite at the level at which we are admitting will also be deferred to give us time to look at the rest of the applicants, as well as consider these students for related majors if they said yes to the second choice option. It is important to realize that the priority status will remain so those applicants may be given a slight advantage over students with the same credentials who applied after the priority filing period.  Please do not send additional materials like letters of recommendation or seventh semester grades.  These will not be considered for admission, even if you have been deferred.  These students will also receive a letter in the mail which will give additional information on this decision. I hope that has clarified what our decisions mean and how they will be stated online on December 14th.  I wish all of you the best and good luck!


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February 9, 2008, 7:44 pm

I was deferred from UIUC 🙁 which is a very sad thing for me as it is one of my top priority universities. Anyway, since my first choice itself was Division of General Studies on the app, do you think that I have higher chance of getting in than those who have a specific major as their first choices? Thanks a million for your help.



February 10, 2008, 12:34 am

Sorry to bother you again 🙂 Also, I am sure that at least 4 of my Korean friends are applying to UIUC as regular admissions, and as explained above, I have been deferred. Would you say 4 of same races from same high school is competitive? Because they are all really good students 🙂 thanks for your help!



February 11, 2008, 9:34 pm


This is my first child going to college. I am recently remarried in 2004 after being a divorced parent for 8 years. I have completed, with my son, the FAFSA form and to my dismay it appears that the parent contribution is rather high due to my remarriage. My ex-husband has been paying under the state mandated child support amount due to lack of income and my new husband does not feel he should take on the burden of cost for putting my 3 children through college. My son was deferred until Feb. 15th and this is his first choice of schools. He and I have put away enough money together for one College of Illinois semester. The only other option that he is interested in for C.S. Engineering is out of the State of Illinois and the tuition is much higher. Do you have any food for thought in my type situation. I just don’t want my child to suffer again due to my divorce. He has gone to 2 elementary schools, 3 middles schools, and 1 high school still keeping his GPA above 3.25 with AP classes. I breaks my heart watching him run to the mailbox for his admittance decision.

Do you have any words of wisdom?


Jessica Olexa

February 15, 2008, 6:47 pm

Dear Jamie,
I just got Offered Wait List. Does the University tell me whenever they decide, or is there a set date when I will find out again? Moreover, how many kids got wait listed and about how many kids get accpeted off the wait list? Also is there anything else I can do like send in my grades? Thanks for all of your help.



February 15, 2008, 8:03 pm

I am in! I think – Please help me decifer the Decision: I have “Admit – Alternate Choice” for the Division of General Studies and “Program or Term Changed” for the Mechanical Engineering Program. What’s does that mean exactly……


Shubhank Bajpai

February 16, 2008, 6:55 am


My name is Shubhank Bajpai and I just checked my decision status and came to know that i have been denied admission. But my GPA is quite high around 3.7 but my SAT scores were not that high around the average mark. I am a international student, currently studying in Hong Kong and the the GCE A levels. I do not understand why I have been denied is there any way maybe by writing to your university or sending a email which would change the decision. This was one of the schools i really wanted to go and was shocked when i saw the decision.

Thanks in advance.



February 17, 2008, 12:20 am

I am a prospective INTERNATIONAL freshman student and I have recvd the decision as admit. But how can I check my scholarship status if I have recvd any.
Any words of advice for how to aid my education financially.



February 18, 2008, 12:27 am


My daughter was wait listed. Applied as an English major looking to teach high school English. Is it typical for these individuals to not learn of admission situation until May/June or is there a reasonable chance she may hear in the next month or so? Seems very difficult to postpone/double up other college acceptances until that time period.

Thank you.



February 18, 2008, 7:03 pm

Since there are a few questions about the waitlist I thought I would answer all of them at once. You will be receiving a letter in the mail that will explain the waitlist, but if you’re anxious you can view the FAQ’s here:

This year we waitlisted about 500 students. Not all of them will want to be placed on the waitlist so we typically see about half of the students return the waitlist card (you will receive this in the mail). Some years, we have admitted no one from the waitlist, and other years we have admitted everyone from the list. We cannot make a decision about whether we are taking students from the waitlist until after May 1. That is the deadline for admitted students to accept their offer of admission. Since many students wait until the last minute, we cannot make a decision until after May 1. All students who return their waitlst card will receive notification of their admission status by mail after May 1.



February 18, 2008, 7:07 pm

As a reminder, your application for admission was your application for all merit-based scholarships. There isn’t anything you need to do to be considered. Scholarship letters will be mailed by the end of March. International students do not qualify for need-based aid, so merit aid would be the only option for you. I will be honest in that very few scholarships go to international students. I wish you all of the best!



February 18, 2008, 7:09 pm

If you would like to discuss your specific situation please call our office at 217.333.0302 and we will pull your file and explain why we came to the decision we did. The only time we would overturn a decision was if we had incorrect information, such as the wrong test scores or transcripts with errors. Again, I would encourage you to call the office and we can discuss your application.



February 18, 2008, 7:11 pm

Congratulations…you have been admitted to the Division of General Studies at UIUC. A letter will be in the mail, but that just means you were not selected for your first choice but given an alternate offer in DGS. You can work with your adviser on fulfilling the necessary steps to declare a major after the first year.



February 19, 2008, 8:56 pm

Dear Jamie,

I have another question about the wait list. I see that this year only 500 kids were placed on the wait list, but last year 1190 kids were according to the FAQs. I was wondering why there are so many less kids on the wait list this year. Does this mean that more kids were admitted then spots available this time, assuming that some kids will deny their admissons and go to another school? Or does this mean that kids this year on the wait list have a better chance of being admitted because there are less of them on the wait list?
Thanks for all of your help!



February 20, 2008, 5:04 pm


Would there be any chance that you may accept a waitlist individual before May 1st? Have you ever accepted anyone prior to May1? Possibly you see enough declines coming in early and you are comfortable making these decisions earlier than May. Thanks so much for your responses.



February 21, 2008, 4:53 pm

Hi Susan,
We will not make waitlist decisions before May 1. Since that is the national deadline, students will be accepting their offer or changing their decision up until that day. Every year we have acceptances coming in up until the last minute so we will not have an accurate idea of our enrolling class until at least after May 1.



February 21, 2008, 5:42 pm

Hi Jessica,
Actually neither is the case. We were more selective as to who we waitlisted this year and waitlist decisions will still be made after May 1. Students have no better chance of being admitted from the waitlist simply because the number is smaller. It will still depend on the number of students who accept our offer of admission.



February 22, 2008, 10:46 pm

Do you have any idea as to when I’m supposed to receive the admission package? It’s the 23rd, and I’ve still gotten nothing…..



February 24, 2008, 11:06 am

Hello Jamie,
What does the term “Committee Review” under Decision mean?
Thank you,



February 25, 2008, 1:18 pm

Hi Swati,
The packets where mailed the week of the 18th. You can actually accept your offer of admission and do everyhting you need to do online by following the admitted student checklist. Here is the link:
If you still do not recieve your letter by the end of the week give our office a call and we can confirm your address. If it is going to an out of state address or Internatioanlly it can take longer.



February 25, 2008, 1:21 pm

That means the application is still under review. At this point almost all of our decisions have been made so if you want to email me at with your name I can look up your file.


Mohin Khushani

March 2, 2008, 9:03 am

Hi Jamie,

I have been admitted in the computer science dept. as an international under graduate student. Would appreciate if you could throw some light on whether international students are considered for scholarships or not. If yes, then by when can I expect decisions in this regard.




March 3, 2008, 12:09 pm

Hi Mohin,
Unforuntately all of the merit based scholarships we award here in Admissions would only go to US citizens or Permanent Residents. You can contact the College of Engineering to see if they have awards that can be given to International students. Good luck!


Mohin Khushani

March 11, 2008, 1:24 pm

Thanks for your reply.

Can you pl. let me know what percentage of students are selected through campus interviews in Computer Science engineering & what is the average starting salary.



March 12, 2008, 2:27 pm

We do not have job placement rates by department here in Admissions. You will need to contact Computer Science directly. Here is there contact information:



March 15, 2008, 8:32 pm

I have been accepted as a freshman having a major of biology in the college of LAS. Do you have any information regarding scholarships awarded to students having this major? And if any are available, how can I apply for them?



March 17, 2008, 2:41 pm

As stated when you applied, your application for admission was your application for all merit based scholarships we offer to incoming freshmen. Award letters will be sent through the end of this month. Here is the link which explains the process and also gives you the scholarship listing by college. Good luck and best wishes.



March 17, 2008, 5:51 pm




March 29, 2008, 10:19 am

I want to accept, but I cannot figure out my UIN or where I can find it. Can you help?



March 31, 2008, 3:24 pm

Your UIN is on the back of your acceptance letter. If you cannot find your copy or haven’t recieved it yet just call our office at 217.333.0302 or email me at with your full name and birthdate and I will look it up.



July 13, 2008, 8:08 pm

I was wondering what percentage of people get into the engineering program on a full ride?



July 14, 2008, 11:44 am

It is very important to clarify what “full ride” means. We have tuition waivers that cover full tuition and some that include tuition and fees but currently Admissions does not have any that cover housing as well. Also these tuition waivers are very limited as we only have between 15-20 to award to students in all colleges combined each year. Also keep in mind that students may recieve multiple scholarships which used together can significantly cut down on the cost of attendance. I hope that helps.



August 3, 2008, 9:07 pm

Hi Jamie,

I’m not sure if I’m asking this question in the right place… so forgive me if I’m not!

I am considering applying either as an Economics major or a Political Science major to UIUC. I have a GPA of 3.85/4.0 (unweighted) with 2 AP classes, and an ACT score of 28.

What chance would I have of getting into the Economics or Political Science departments?



August 6, 2008, 2:56 pm

Political Science and Economics are equally as competitive so I would recommend that you apply to the major you are most interested in. The review committee will want to see in your essays why you are choosing the major you have selected. If you truly can’t decide between the two then Division of General Studies would be where I recommend you apply so you can explore your options. Good luck!