You’re in. Congratulations!
We are not done admitting. There’s another round of admissions to go. However, you’re in. Congratulations! It’s a good feeling. Take some time to let it settle. Okay. All settled? What’s on your mind? Well, usually it will be a simple question. What’s next? I’ll do a quick run down to let you know what to expect.
Letters were mailed on the morning of December 14, 2007. The brochure included with your letter has everything you need to get you started. It’s the brochure clearly labeled, “You’re in. Now what?”. You will find a checklist on page 1. What do I think are the important things at this stage? Glad you asked!
If you know you are joining us at ILLINOIS, accept your offer of admissions online at www.admissions.uiuc.edu/admitted.
Once you’ve accepted your offer of admission you can claim your NetID. Your NetID is a unique identifier that you will use throughout your time as a student and alumnus of the University of Illinois. You will use it to access many of the resources available to you on campus. You can claim it at https://netidclaim.uiuc.edu/claim/claim.fcgi.
We guarantee housing for all admitted students. However if you are trying to maximize the chances that you will get one of your top three university residence hall choices you will want to complete the University Residence Hall contract online starting January 7, 2008. If you have a roommate in mind, you’ll need their NetID. So you will both have to accept your offers of admission and have claimed your NetIDs. You can find out more at www.housing.uiuc.edu.
You should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To be eligible for the maximum amount of aid you should complete the FAFSA before March 15, 2008. You’ll need the University of Illinois school code, which is 001775. You can fill out the form online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. You should expect an award letter from our Office of Student Financial Aid in late Marsh or early April.
I think those are the most basic answers to the most pressing questions. I will make sure to blog again when other things become a little more pressing. What are those? It’s a long list including summer registration, college homework/tutorials, placement exams and health forms. Exciting stuff, eh?