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 firstname.lastname@example.org.