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, http://www.oar.uiuc.edu/future/apply/check_status.html, 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: http://www.oar.uiuc.edu/future/apply/requirements_transfer.html.Defer: 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!