Freshman Priority Application FAQ

Hello everyone!  Since we will have thousands of students applying and submitting application materials in late October for the Priority Deadline, I wanted to answer a few of our commonly asked questions about the deadline and your application status.

How do I know if my application is complete?

You can check the status of your submitted application here.

What determines if I meet the priority filing deadline?

As long as your paper application and all supporting materials were postmarked on or by November 2 and/or your online application was submitted by midnight (U.S. Central Standard) on November 1, you will meet the priority filing deadline.  If you want to be sure your online application made it in time, check the received date next to the application fee.  If it shows the fee was received on or by November 1, you have met the deadline.

I met the priority deadline, why is my admission type showing Regular Admission and not Priority Admission?

Each application goes through an internal process called validation once application materials are received.  This is where a member of the admissions processing staff manually reviews the application and the supporting materials to make sure your application is complete.  Once your application has been validated, your admission type will change from Regular to Priority Admission.  Right now, it will take approximately 2 weeks for the validation process to take place.  Your application status will likely first show as complete before your admission type will be changed to priority.

My high school transcript was submitted but is still not showing up on my checklist.  Should I be worried?

We experience a significant increase in applications and mail around the November 1 deadline week.  It will likely take our office at least one week to match your transcripts to your application once both have been received.  Keep in mind if your transcript was postmarked by November 2, it will qualify as meeting the priority filing deadline.  If your transcript was sent before you applied, it will likely take one week from the time your application was submitted to match transcripts to your new application.

I applied online, but chose the “pay later” option.  Can I be considered for the priority deadline?

If you chose the pay later option you must send a check or money order to the admissions office made out to the “University of Illinois” postmarked no later than November 2 to meet the priority deadline ($40 domestic applicants or $50 international applicants).  This postmark deadline is the same for those submitting a fee wavier.

Why does my checklist indicate that you have not received my test scores when they were on or sent with my high school transcript?

If scores were only on the high school transcript, they must be manually added to our system during the validation process.  Once your application has been validated, we will enter the scores into our system and a received date will be entered.

I am an international student and submitted my application materials, but they are not showing as received on my application status.  Should I be worried?

Due to the differences in educational systems and the unique nature of materials submitted by international students, the processing time for international applications is typically longer than domestic students.  Generally, it will take at least 2-3 weeks for international applications to be validated and the online application status to be updated.

I hope this information is helpful.  Please remember to check your application status, as any updates to your application status will be reflected here within the timelines listed above.  I will be happy to answer any general questions on this blog and you can email any questions specific to your application to admissions@illinois.edu.

Charles

Comments

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Cathy

November 9, 2009, 10:30 pm

Charles, I applied to the College of Business with high expectation for my SAT October score. It turned out that the score was very bad. I understand the business school is very competitive. Do you offer me a second chance, say, offer me to a different school, such as LAS, if I am not up to the business school’s standards? Or should I request to change the major now? I’ve requested to have my TOEFL and my May SAT sent on Oct. 29. However, the status of my application is still the poor Oct score. I am a little anxious. Thank you!

 

Divij

November 10, 2009, 1:43 am

My school has sent the transcripts, etc. along with the financial declaration form by fedex to the office of admissions on the 1st of Nov. This has been delivered on the 3rd of Nov. I have checked my application status as of the 10th of Nov, and it shows that the above-mentioned items are not received. Can you tell me how do we proceed from here?

 

Alex

November 10, 2009, 3:29 am

Charles,
You said on Nov.4th: “But once your application is complete for Priority Admission we will use the highest test score available at the time of review, including scores from the October 24, 2009, ACT, if you selected Illinois to receive the scores when you registered for the October 24 ACT.”. Is this also can apply to my October SAT score that I just ordered to send to you on Nov. 10th (I didn’t select Illinois to receive the scores when I registered for the SAT)? I think my October SAT score and October ACT score (I selected Illinois to receive the scores when I registered ACT) will be sent to you at the same time.

 

Tiffany

November 10, 2009, 10:22 am

What if you are taking the ACT over,can you have the new scores sent still?

 

Laura

November 10, 2009, 1:26 pm

My son filed his application Oct. 19. The status shows that his ACT/SAT scores were received in April 2009 and June 2009 (he took the ACT in April and took the SAT second time in June 2009). He also took the ACT a second time in Sept. 2009 and had the scores sent to UI, but this date (i.e. Sept. 2009) does not show up on this status page. I know the scores would have arrived to UI in plenty of time for priority application review. Is there a chance the new ACT scores are not in his file, or does UI not update this information on the status page if the minimal SAT/ACT requirements are met?

 

Leo

November 11, 2009, 11:32 am

Dear Charles,
Regarding the admission type, it is shown as ‘regular admission’ although all requirements were recorded as received by Oct 31.
(Only TOEFL score is recorded as received on Nov. 11 – the TOEFL score was not necessary as the SAT critical reading score is over 560)
Can it be considered as ‘priority admission’?
Thank you for your attention.

ps : application status is recorded as ‘complete ready for review’

 

Charles

November 11, 2009, 11:58 am

Cathy,
If you are not able to be admitted to your first choice program, you will automatically be considered for similar programs or the Division of General Studies. We can only display one test date when you check your online application status. If you are concerned we did not receive your updated test scores you can contact our office.
-Charles

 

Charles

November 11, 2009, 12:11 pm

Divij,
As my blog indicates it will likely take at least 2 weeks to match your materials to your application. If you are an international student, it will likely take longer at about 3 weeks to update your status.
-Charles

 

Charles

November 11, 2009, 12:16 pm

Alex,
If you application was already complete for priority admission, your file will automatically be updated with the new test scores. If these scores arrive during review, then we will be able to consider these scores. If your application was not yet complete, scores sent after the deadline will not change your status to priority and you will be considered during the regular filing period.
-Charles

 

Charles

November 11, 2009, 12:18 pm

Tiffany,
If you are retaking the ACT or SAT in December these scores will not arrive in time for priority consideration. However they would be used if you applied during the regular application period or your application is deferred from priority to the regular application period.
-Charles

 

Charles

November 11, 2009, 12:20 pm

Laura,
We can only display one test date on the application status page, and this is the first date from which we received scores. We should have his September scores on file, but you can contact our office to make sure.
-Charles

 

Nak Yong Kwon

November 11, 2009, 8:48 pm

Dear
I am a Freshman Priority Applicant. I submitted my application on Oct 27.
1) My bank statement and financial certification were sent on October 28 by DLH and T Flannifen received them.
2)However, when checking my application status (Nov.10), all documents were received except the bank statement and financial certification, so I sent bank statement and financial certification again on Nov. 10 by DHL and A Powell received them Nov.11.
3) For the second mailing date, is it a problem for priority filling? If it is problem. could you please consider first mail (Oct.28) only for priority filling?
4)I asked ETS to send the TOEFL score to you in October, but you received it Nov.11. How do I know TOEFL score’s postmark date? Is the postmark of TOEFL score mailing important too?

 

Christine

November 12, 2009, 5:01 am

Hi Charles,

Since I applied under the EA, and I sent my TOEFL score on Oct.26 but since it took time to process the score, the score was received on Nov.11, I will still be considered under the EA regulation right?

 

hyechung

November 12, 2009, 8:18 am

Hello,
I sent my transcript even before I submitted my application. My application status first indicated that my transcript was received on Nov.1, 2009, but when I checked it again today, it now says that it was received on Nov.9, 2009. But I actually sent my transcript in October and it was postmarked before Nov.2, 2009. I am worried now. Am I no longer considered as priority admission? I’ve submitted all my documents before Nov.1 though ……

 

Jennifer

November 12, 2009, 6:55 pm

I have my act score on my transcipt, which was sent before November 1. However, I also sent scores from ACT because I know that later on, I will need to do so anyway. These scores were received on November 10. Will this still count as early action?

 

Alex

November 12, 2009, 9:02 pm

I applied for Division of General Studies. If I get in, how soon can I change program to BUS or LAS?
I put my October SAT score on my application form for priority admission, but if the score from college board won’t arrive in time for review, will you still consider it? When is the reviewing period?

 

Charles

November 16, 2009, 12:33 pm

Leo,
Your application likely has not yet been validated. It will take a minimum of two weeks from when your application was complete for your admissions type to chage to priority from regular admission during the vaildation process.
-Charles

 

Charles

November 16, 2009, 12:40 pm

Nak Yong,
We likely have not had enough time to validate your application and financial statements. For international applicants it will take as much as 3 weeks to process documents once materials are received, and financial documentation is the last thing that is validated since academic materials have priority at this time of year. We appreciate your patience as we process your application. If everything is received when we validate your application for priority admission, you will be considered during the priority filing period.
-Charles

 

Charles

November 16, 2009, 12:41 pm

Christine,
If everything is received when we validate your application for priority admission, you will be considered during the priority filing period.
-Charles

 

Charles

November 16, 2009, 12:42 pm

Hyechung,
The date noted in the application checklist is not the postmark, it is the date the transcripts was received in our office. If all documents were submitted by the deadline, your application type will change to priority admission.
-Charles

 

Charles

November 16, 2009, 12:46 pm

Jennifer,
If scores were on your transcript, and that transcript was received by the deadline, then you will meet the priority application deadline.
-Charles

 

Charles

November 16, 2009, 12:55 pm

Alex,
If you would like to apply to a declared program, you can submit an application change request form which can be found at http://www.admissions.illinois.edu/apply/check_status.html. You will typically need to stay in the program to which you’ve been admitted for your first year of study.

As I previously responded, if your application was already complete for priority admission, your file will automatically be updated with the new test scores. If these scores arrive during review, then we will be able to consider these scores. If your application was not yet complete, scores sent after the deadline will not change your status to priority and you will be considered during the regular filing period.

We are reviewing applications now until decisions post. So for example, if new test scores arrived today and your application was already complete for priority admission, then we would be able to review your new test scores. We should already have all scores on file for tests taken prior to November 1.

If you want to know if we have your new scores on file please email admissions@illinois.edu with your name and UIN. Thanks!
-Charles

 

Arnab

November 17, 2009, 4:14 pm

Hello,
I am an International applicant and I had finished my application by the early action deadline and even got conformation from the courier service about my transcript reaching UIUC by November 2nd; however, my online application still says it is Regular application. Does it take more than two weeks for UIUC to match transcripts and other documents for International students? Should I contact an admissions representative?

 

Michelle

November 17, 2009, 7:12 pm

hello charles. i have a question regarding the result for the priority application. i wondered if we can know the result as soon is done reviewing the materials or we will have to wait until dec. 11 to know the result. thanks

 

Leo

November 19, 2009, 9:05 pm

Dear Charles,
As you’ve mentioned, the admission type has been updated to ‘priority admission’.
I’m simply impressed by the fairness of Illinois’s admission procedure.
Regardless of the result, thank you so much for the sincere support!

 

Charles

November 19, 2009, 9:09 pm

Arnab,
It does take a bit longer to process documents for international students. If you met the deadline your application status should be updated soon.
-Charles

 

Charles

November 19, 2009, 9:10 pm

Michelle,
All students meeting the priority application deadline will be able to view thier admissions decision on December 11.
-Charles

 

Christine

November 20, 2009, 7:16 am

Hello Charles,

I sent my transcript on Oct.27th (International). According to my UPS record, it arrived at UIUC on Oct.28th.
But my status doesn’t show that it has arrived. Moreover, it has not changed from Regular to Priority. I am now very worried.

 

adrian

November 22, 2009, 5:40 am

Hello Charles,

My brother is currently studying ECE at the university. I have applied for the priority application(ece). My SAT scores are respectable and my academic record is good. Will I get any sort of an advantage?

 

Jennifer

November 24, 2009, 5:36 pm

My application had been incomplete for a long time so I went to make sure my counselor sent it, but it turned out that she didn’t send it. I know that U of I is very strict on the priority deadline but is there anything that will get me into the early application (because it was my counselor who didn’t send it in on time)?

 

Therese

November 27, 2009, 5:28 pm

Hello, I started my application a few months ago in September but did not finish it in time for the priority deadline. I listed my major of choice as Pre-Elementary/Special Education back in September. I am trying to finish my application now but I am very worried that my major is no longer available since I did not make the priority deadline. The special education major was not in the list of majors to choose from when I checked a few days ago. My major is still listed as Special Education on the application I am filling out currently but how can I know if my major is still available?

 

Michael

November 30, 2009, 12:50 pm

I applied priority and I was wondering if the decision comes back as a defer, do I need to provide the school with any other materials? (such as semester grades etc.)

 

Charles

December 2, 2009, 3:40 pm

Leo,
Thanks for the feedback!
-Charles

 

Charles

December 2, 2009, 3:42 pm

Christine,
By now your status should have changed to priority if you met the deadline and all of your materials arrived in time. Please email admissions@illinois.edu if you have further specific questions.
-Charles

 

Charles

December 2, 2009, 3:43 pm

Adrian,
You are evaluated based on your qualifications for admission. The fact that your brother attends U of I will not impact your application.
-Charles

 

Charles

December 2, 2009, 3:45 pm

Jennifer,
At this point we do not have enough time to review your application for the priority period, since decisions post in 9 days. Rest assured that you will get full consideration during the regular filing period.
-Charles

 

Charles

December 2, 2009, 3:46 pm

Therese,
All majors and programs will be available until the final application deadline of January 2. We will admit students into all programs during both the priority and regular decision periods.
-Charles

 

Charles

December 2, 2009, 3:49 pm

Michael,
If you are deferred there is no additional information that we need and your application will be reevaluated during the regular decision period. We will not consider semester grades for students who are deferred. The only new information that we would be able to take is if you are retaking the SAT or ACT in December and you submit those scores.
-Charles

 

James Patrick Minogue

December 4, 2009, 8:52 pm

I submitted my application online on or about October 22, 2009; I have a credit card receipt to show acknowledgment of the payment to U of ILL. I happened today to be checking my application status and it seemed to suggest that I had not submitted my essays. It was a different page view than my friend’s check status page showed. I was shocked, but went ahead and resubmitted the essays as it seemed like they were not there. It sent me to payment, and I repaid for the application. I have never had any indication that my application was incomplete, and as I know I submitted the essays on or around October 22, I cannot understand why they would not show up. Now I am concerned that I did not meet the Nov. 1st deadline when I know for a fact I had all my materials in and my school had submitted all materials as well. Can you please let me know who I can talk to about this?
Thanks
James Patrick Minogue
PS- I moved right around the time of the submission and wonder if somehow the new address change confused things.

 

Kathryn

December 7, 2009, 4:26 pm

Hello,
If you do not get into your intended major but you get directed into DGS, will you get deferred and then find out you got into DGS? or do you get notified on Dec 11 that you got into DGS?
Thanks!

 

Charles

December 9, 2009, 5:56 pm

James,
I have replied directly to your email address since your question is so specific.
-Charles

 

Charles

December 9, 2009, 6:00 pm

Kathryn,
Both are possible. Some students will be admitted to DGS as an alternate option during the priority period. Students who are deferred from the priority period are still being considered for their first choice option and alternate options, including DGS. Deferred students will get final decisions in February.
-Charles

 

Cindy

December 13, 2009, 12:17 pm

hi!
I was accepted to U of I for Fall of 2010! During the first few weeks of school I had a schedule change from an AP class to a non-AP class (due to a scheduling conflict with other classes). I was not aware that I was supposed to get approval for a change in my senior year schedule. What should I do now?
Thank you!

 

Kathleen

December 13, 2009, 10:31 pm

I was deferred on Friday, December 11th. I am not sure if I checked the box for “second option” on the admission application. Will I also be considered for DGS between now and February 19th if I failed to check that box on the form – especially if I fall short for admission into the College to which I first applied?

 

Charles

December 15, 2009, 12:56 pm

Cindy,
Congratulations on being admitted! If you look at our admitted student FAQ: http://www.admissions.illinois.edu/faq/admitted.html it is important that you don’t change your schedule, since your decision in part is based on the strength of your senior schedule. If you have changed your schedule, please email admissions@illinois.edu with your name, program you were admitted to, and your schedule change. It will then be forwarded to the chair of the admissions committee for your college for review.
-Charles

 

Charles

December 15, 2009, 12:57 pm

Kathleen,
You will automatically be considered for alternate options if you are not admitted to your first choice program. More information can be found on my other blog at http://blog.admissions.illinois.edu/?p=4221.
-Charles

 

club penguin

December 30, 2009, 3:13 pm

I love this site! Thank you sooo much for all your posts!

 

Monu

January 1, 2010, 3:11 pm

On the application there is question if about ever being convicted of a felony. Does that include misdemeanors?

 

Charles

January 11, 2010, 10:02 pm

Monu,
The University of Illinois is committed to maintaining a safe environment for all members of the University community. As part of this commitment, the University requires applicants with pending criminal charges or criminal convictions (other than a minor traffic offense or in a juvenile proceeding) to disclose this information as a mandatory step in the admissions process. For more information on this process please visit: http://www.admissions.illinois.edu/application/criminal.html
-Charles