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

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

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

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 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?


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December 21, 2007, 9:44 pm

I have a question about exactly what we know when we accept the admission:
Ok, I got accepted (Horray! :D) But what’s really going to be the deciding factor is whether or not I can actually afford to go here. With the help of scholarships and financial aid I’m not too worried, but will we know exactly what financial aid and scholarships we would get before the final date to accept the admission offer?
Thanks 🙂



December 25, 2007, 10:46 pm

Hi Oscar,
I was thrilled when I got my acceptance letter for UIUC, and I just accepted my admission last night. Will having accepted before scholarships come out influence whether or not I am given any?



December 26, 2007, 1:57 am

Hey man, I was admitted into the engineering program but still have not received my letter of acceptance as of December 26. Could you confirmed that it was mailed?



January 2, 2008, 5:07 pm

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. We’re back to work today and I hope the answers aren’t too late!

Omar – You will certainly have an award letter before the national decision date of May 1, 2008. Our award letters are typically in the hands of students in late March or early April.

Michelle – We don’t leverage aid at ILLINOIS. In other words, scholarships are awarded independently of an admissions offer or an acceptance. The people in charge of awarding aid, merit and need based, are hard at work now trying to get everyone’s packages together.

Jordan – Just give a call to either the main admissions office (217-333-0302) or the satellite office (312-575-7810). Either office can check that the packet was mailed or have a duplicate packet mailed to you.



January 5, 2008, 2:21 pm


I was recently admitted, but now I want to change my high school schedule. I have only taken three years of a foreign language and heard that if I did not take a fourth then I would have to take a foreign language at UIUC? I was wondering if this true or not because I would rather not take a foreign language at college.


JunHwan Kim

January 9, 2008, 8:34 am

I know i got accepted by checking application status page. But i never got an actual admission letter sent to my home. And i was wondering where do i find the University Identification Number?



January 10, 2008, 6:16 pm

Jim – One of the factors we use in the admissions process is your senior year schedule. We expect that you will complete the courses you told us you were going to complete. It sounds like you are only adding courses, so that’s okay. But be careful when changing your schedule. Please realize that adding a semester of high school foreign language, at this point, will likely not be enough for you.

Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Business are required to complete through the fourth level of a foreign language to graduate from ILLINOIS. You can complete this requirement in high school if you complete through the fourth level in high school. If you didn’t not complete through the fourth level you will have to take a placement exam to properly place you in a language course to complete your college graduation requirement. Feel free to email me ( if you want a little more clarification.

Jun Hwan – You can call the Office of Admissions (217-333-0302) and we can have a duplicate notice of admission sent to you. We can also let you know your UIN.



January 17, 2008, 11:43 pm

Hi Oscar,
I have accepted my offer to attend UIUC. I want to apply for housing but I’m waiting to hear if a close friend of mine will be accepted on Feb. 15 so we can be roommates. Am I able to change my roommate preferences after applying for housing without affecting my place in line for a dorm in ISR? Also, how quickly does ISR fill up



January 18, 2008, 11:47 am

Sudeep — Yes, you can make changes to your roommate preference. Sooner is always better than later, but soon after the Feb. 15 decision date shouldn’t be an issue. In truth I can’t speak to how quickly specific residence halls fill. I know you are more likely to get one of your top three choices if you complete your housing early.

I would feel free to contact housing directly. You can reach them at



January 19, 2008, 2:05 pm

Do you know how many people are admitted through regular decison and not early?



February 4, 2008, 3:34 pm

Chazz — Roughly half of the class is admitted on our first decision date. The odds, which honestly don’t tell you much when talking about admissions to a selective school, don’t change much. A fair amount of students deferred on the first round will be admitted.



February 7, 2008, 12:05 am

Hi Oscar! I was admitted to the College of Communications, but had a question about the James Scholar program for the college. It said the top 20% of incoming freshmen to the college will be invited into the program – does this mean that those students won’t hear from the program until after May 1st?



February 12, 2008, 2:38 pm

Heather — We try to let students know about honors programs before May 1st. We typically get these types of things out in mid to late March in order to give you time before the May 1st decision date to fully consider your decision. Good luck!



February 16, 2008, 5:26 am

Hi Oscar,
I applied for Bioengineering, but I got accepted in Electrical Engineering.

I was wondering if it would be possible to transfer to Bioengineering maybe after the first year or so.
And will this be really hard to do?




February 16, 2008, 6:01 am

Hi Oscar
I applied to the college of engineering. my application status says ADMIT-COLLEGE REVIEW. I am a bit confused now. What exactly does this mean? the help section says this means :”Applicant admitted through college review”
can you please explain what this means.
Thank you



February 17, 2008, 3:30 pm

Hi Oscar, you came to my school (Hyde Park) a while back. I havent received anything back from the school yet, and I cant check my status online because at one point I forgot my password and entered a wrong multiple times, which locked me out of checking my records. I sent an email to the school, but as I was browsing the sit I came across the blogs and found this. So I wanted to ask can anything be done about checking my status and when can I expect something in the mail letting me know if I’ve been accepted or not?



February 17, 2008, 7:27 pm

Hi Oscar,
I am not sure I would like to attend UIUC yet but would like to apply for housing as soon as possible. To do this, I understand that I have to accept my offer of admission. Is this a binding decision in any way (other than the possible loss of a housing deposit) if I later decide I do not want to attend UIUC?



February 18, 2008, 4:26 pm

Hi Oscar
I have been accepted in uiuc as an undergraduate student.I was offered as my alternate option the Division of general studies, could u please tell me more about it and whether I would have an option if I choose to take it up to switch to another major like business.



February 19, 2008, 12:34 pm

Hi Oscar

I have been successfully admitted to the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and I would like to thank you Oscar and of course Jamie for the blogs.There is one question I would like to ask though, I would like to know if I am required to take the ap exams of the Ap courses I take. If I had the option, I would not do the Ap exams as there is the placement exams offered by the University of Illinois



February 20, 2008, 8:48 am

Sam – The honest answer is that transferring into bioengineering will be very difficult. Things change year to year. However I always advise students that they have to make decisions based on what they know has happened not what they hope will happen.

Ali – Admit College Reviewed means you were admitted after a review that included some college people. I don’t have an actual number with me, but a very large percentage of our applicants are admitted with some input of the colleges. I wouldn’t be concerned about that decision code. An admit is an admit. Congratulations!

Courtney – Call the Chicago Satellite Office and we can take care of unlocking the application. We can talk about your application status at that time. You can feel free to speak to anyone there, although I would be happy to talk to you. The phone number is (312)575-7810.

Jon – ILLINOIS guarantees housing. I wouldn’t say that securing housing is the main reason that you should accept your offer of admission. That being said, you can certainly rescind your acceptance. The housing deposit is an issue, but you aware of that concern. We would prefer that you let us know as soon as you know (hopefully before May 1)

Vendanta – Transferring to the College of Business is possible. In all honesty, it won’t be easy. Students will be reviewed holistically using, essentially, the same criteria used to review freshman applications. The essays and demonstrated leadership are important factors, in addition to the coursework you have completed at ILLINOIS.

Ko – You are not required to take AP examinations in the AP courses in which you are currently enrolled. There are ways to earn credit, in various subject areas. You should talk to your ILLINOIS academic advisor for direction, once you are on campus.



February 20, 2008, 3:32 pm

Hello Oscar,

I have two questions.
1) What happens to your GPA when transferring to UIUC from a community college?

2) If I will not need to take any more math classes at UIUC will I still need to take the ALEKS placement test?



February 23, 2008, 12:52 am

the freshman tuition for OOS is 25-29k…what is the tuition for the next three year?




February 24, 2008, 12:14 pm

Hi Oscar,

Hooray, I have been admitted into UIUC. But, I am living in Malaysia and considered as an international student. So, when I could get the letter from UIUC?

Thank you.



February 25, 2008, 2:59 pm


I have been admitted to UIUC but the problem is that the admit status was online 10 days ago and I have not received the packet yet. Also how will I get to know about my scholarship?



February 25, 2008, 5:00 pm

LW – You will ultimately have two GPAs listed on your transcript, a UIUC and a transfer GPA. At the moment all students will have to complete the ALEKS placement test. There is always a chance you could opt to take more math related courses on our campus. We want to be sure we know your level of proficiency.

J – Tuition is locked for four years for incoming freshman. So the tuition you pay for your first year is the tuition you would pay for the next three.



February 29, 2008, 2:43 pm

Siong and Gaurav — I would give notification packets, especially if they are traveling outside the U.S., at least two weeks before being concerned. If you don’t recieve the packet by the middle of the first week in March, I would contact the Office of Admissions to have a duplicate mailed. It’s not an unusual situation. I wouldn’t be alarmed.


Mohin Khushani

March 2, 2008, 9:15 am

Hi Oscar,

I have been admitted as an undergraduate in computer science dept. From where can I find out information on the names of the companies who come for recruitment of students finishing computer science undergraduate course & the starting salaries being offered by them.




March 3, 2008, 6:01 pm

Mohin – If you are interested in career services at the College of Engineering, you should check out their website ( I don’t recall seeing a list of companies that come out to recruit specifically for computer science majors. But the information there is great for letting you know what’s available to help you on campus.


Mohin Khushani

March 11, 2008, 1:21 pm

Thanks for the information.

Could you pl. let me know whether any kind of financial assistance/scholarships are offered to international students during undergraduation. Any information in this regard will be really helpful.



March 11, 2008, 11:58 pm

hi Oscar

I have been admitted as an undergrad to College of Liberal Arts and Sciences majoring in biology.Is it possible/easy to switch my major to chemistry or some other major within LAS.




April 7, 2008, 10:39 am

Mohin – There is not much aid that we can provide international students. In fact, the only financial aid that international students may be eligible for, that I am aware of, are departmental scholarships. There is not an additional application. Your application for admissions is used for these types of scholarships. You might want to explore the Office of Student Financial Aid website to learn more:

Ratish – You probably want to speak with an admissions counselor. It is possible to to switch majors once accepted, but there are a few caveats. First, you loose your spot in the major you were accepted. You now have to be reviewed for the new major. There is a chance that you could be denied a spot in the new major.

Every situation is a little bit different, however. Call the admissions office and talk to an admissions counselor. We can help you work through your choices so you can make an informed decision.



April 12, 2008, 8:28 am

Hi Oscar

I was wondering what day will we find out which residence hall we’re assigned to if we already applied. thanks!


Snehal Pachigar

April 13, 2008, 11:48 am

Hello Oscar! This is Snehal From India. It was very exciting when I had received the offer of admission from uiuc. Right now I am admitted in the Division General Studies and i am planning to major in the field of Electronics and Telecommunication engineering. Interesting field no? I have already accepted the offer of admission and have also claimed my Netid as well as Enterprise id.
Firstly I would like to ask you what is summer registration program and is it necessary for me to come for it i mean is it compulsory? I would like to major in engineering so will i have to give any online test before coming? If you have anything more that you feel will be helpful for me than please do tell.
I’ll be eagerly waiting for your reply.

Thanking you
Snehal Pachigar



April 15, 2008, 7:04 pm

Hi Oscar! What do we do with our financial aid stuff after we receive it in the mail?



April 21, 2008, 11:59 am

Andrea –Area assignments will be emailed to your UIUC email account in early June. The area assignment will include more details about the area and how to prepare for living in the residence halls. In late July, you will be able to log into the housing webpage to view your room and roommate information.



April 21, 2008, 11:59 am

Snechal – You have some very specific steps you have to follow. I am taking the liberty of pasting the information here, since it’s important that you methodically follow the proper procedure.

All international students must report to the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) located at 400 Turner Student Services Building, upon their arrival in Champaign-Urbana. Please bring your passport, I-20 or DS-2019, and I-94 (small white card in your passport) with you for the check-in procedure. Allow at least half an hour to complete. For more information about check-in, contact ISSS at 217.333.1303 or
International students must complete the check-in process before they can attend a Registration Program and register for classes. You should select an August registration program. For more information about registration, contact New Student Programs at 217.333.4057 or

There’s a great FAQ that handles all the questions about placement examinations for international students. You can find it here:



April 21, 2008, 11:59 am

Alexander – Your next steps are to accept or decline each source of funding offered, sign and date the award letter, write in the names of any other scholarships or aid assistance you know you are receiving from other sources, complete and sign any additional forms or paperwork enclosed with the award letter and then submit one copy of the information. If required, complete an electronic Master Promissory Note (MPN) and entrance loan counseling.

If you have specific questions about the award letter call the Office of Student Financial aid at 217-333-0100 to speak with a financial aid counselor.



April 22, 2008, 3:32 am

Hi Oscar,
I am Gaurav from India and I have already accepted the admisson to UIUC but I haven’t received the I20 form or the SEVIS form.Please tel me how can i get those forms.




May 7, 2008, 10:50 am

Gaurav – I-20’s are mailed, usually within a few weeks, of receiving all the proper documentation. You want to double check that we have received the documentation required. Once we have received and processed that paperwork, we will mail the I-20 via UPS. You can check that we have received the documentation by calling the admissions office (217) 333-0302 or if you applied online you can check for a date listed on your application checklist.



May 10, 2008, 3:31 am

I have posted all the requirements for i20.Now how can I know that my i20 is acepted or not.



May 11, 2008, 3:58 am

I am Ekta from India. I have accepted my admission to UIUC long back and have filled and sent the International Verification Form (the orange one) in the last week of March. But I’ve not yet received I-20 form for visa. So can you please tell me by when I’ll get it? And please let me know if I have to do anything else for getting the I-20.

Also, I wished to know what the placement tests are, and whether I’ll have to give any? If yes, whether I’ll have to come to the US for it or I can do that on the internet itself.

Thank you!



May 16, 2008, 8:44 am

Swetha and Ekta – There isn’t an exact time that you will get your I-20’s. I would offer the same insight that I offered Gaurav above. Each case different, based on what we receive, when we receive it and the time of year.

But in general I-20’s are mailed, usually within a few weeks, of receiving all the proper documentation. You want to double check that we have received the documentation required. Once we have received and processed that paperwork, we will mail the I-20 via UPS. You can check that we have received the documentation by calling the admissions office (217) 333-0302 or if you applied online you can check for a date listed on your application checklist.


Snehal Pachigar

June 20, 2008, 1:14 pm

Hello Oscar,
This is Snehal from India. Firstly thanks a lot for clearing my doubt before. But now i want a few suggestions from you. Presently i have been admitted into Division Of General Studies. But I have a keen interest in getting into engineering in the field of Electronics and Telecommunication. But before coming to uiuc i want to make my few basics and skills strong enough so that it becomes easy for me when i come out there. The problem now arising is that I dont know what books should I take. As the USA edition and the Indian edition might get a bit different. So can you please provide me with a list of books that i’ll need to bring and which will be very useful for me? And also i have given my ALEKS placement test. I got a score of 141/179. So is this score good enough? I’llbe eagerly waiting for your reply



June 23, 2008, 10:35 am

Snehal – I am not an academic advisor. I can’t, with any degree of authority, tell you what books would be best to prepare you for the classes you might enroll in the fall. The ALEKS score will be used by your advisor to properly place you in the mathematics classes. I understand your desire to prepare for the upcoming semester, however your questions are best addressed by your academic advisor when you come to campus for registration.



August 9, 2008, 2:16 pm

When do you have to reply to your acceptance by?



August 11, 2008, 10:19 am

Chris – The national decision date was May 1. If you have not replied to us (with a yes or no) and are still interested in attending this fall, you should contact the admissions office directly. You will want to talk to the chair of the admissions committee of the college to which you were admitted. We can’t promise that there will be space at this time.

If you are truly interested in attending this fall, it’s going to be a process and it’s going to require a little bit of patience working your way through that process. You have a few additional concerns. You need to deal with housing and financial aid. It’s late in the process. Good luck and be patient.