Deferred and Denied Applicants

When decisions come out later today (Friday, December 11 at 5:00pm Central Time) we realize some applicants will not be getting the decisions they are hoping for.  So, I just wanted to give some additional information to those who were either deferred or denied during the priority filing period.

Deferred:  When reading applications, the admissions office must make decisions based on the space availability in colleges and programs on campus.  Since some students apply during the priority period and others in the regular period, we cannot make a final admissions decision on some priority applicants because we do not know how many students will apply for admission by the final deadline of January 2.  Thus, in order to make the best admission decision, we defer some students to the regular decision period so we can see the entire applicant pool before making final decisions.  In the past, over 50% of deferred students have eventually been admitted to the University of Illinois.

As I said in my previous blog, deferred students are still being considered for their first choice program and any related programs, including the Division of General Studies.  The admissions review committee has everything that they need to make your final admissions decision.  It is not necessary to send any additional information such as senior year grades or letters of recommendation, as we do not consider these factors for admission.  More information about being deferred can be found on our Deferred FAQ page.

Denied:  We realize being denied is always a difficult decision to receive.  Every application has gone through an extensive review and a variety of information is considered, including academics, extra-curricular involvement, and information provided in essays. Admission to the University of Illinois is very competitive and a decision to deny a student is only reached after a thorough review by the admissions committee.  If you still want to attend the University of Illinois, there is always the opportunity to apply later as a transfer student.  It is not uncommon for students who have been denied as freshman applicants to be admitted as transfer students after one or two years of strong academic performance at another college or university.

Applicants are able to appeal their admission decision.  Since a full review has already been completed on your application, a request for reconsideration should only be submitted if new and compelling information that is relevant to the admissions criteria not on the original application is available. Requests must be made by the applicant.  The Admissions Committee will not consider seventh or eighth semester grades, new extra-curricular activities or awards, ACT or SAT test scores submitted after January 12, or letters of recommendation.  The Appeal Form and instructions can be downloaded online.

 

If you have any questions, please contact our officeDue to the confidential nature of applications, please call our office for any questions about your admissions decision.  I cannot answer questions about an individual student’s decision on this blog or via email.  Since thousands of freshman applicants will be receiving decisions on December 11, our phones may be busy and email response rate might be slowed briefly the week of December 14, particularly early in the week.  However, we will make an effort to respond to questions as quickly as possible and will certainly make sure you receive the help you need and your questions are answered.

-Charles

Comments

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Aman

December 17, 2009, 7:33 am

hello charles,
i was recently deferred.i wanted to know whether sending my trimester grades would influence my final decision.

 

Charles

December 17, 2009, 3:10 pm

Ian,
Please refer to our deferred student FAQ regarding changing majors: http://www.admissions.illinois.edu/faq/deferred.html. We use more than simply the ACT to determine admission: http://www.admissions.illinois.edu/apply/requirements_freshman.html We do not need any additional materials to make an admissions decision for any student who was deferred. You can always call our office if you have specific questions.
-Charles

 

Charles

December 17, 2009, 3:15 pm

Nicholas,
If you have been denied, then you have not been selected for admission to the University of Illinois. It also means that your application has already been considered for any related majors, including our Division of General Studies. You are not able to submit another application during the regular filing period. Feel free to call our office at 217-333-0302 for more information about your decision.
-Charles

 

Charles

December 17, 2009, 3:18 pm

Yunyidi,
We base our decision on the required information submitted with your application. Do not send additional information as it will not be factored into the decision and only delay the review process.
-Charles

 

Charles

December 17, 2009, 3:24 pm

Benjamin,
I think you are not getting accurate information from your friends. All students who met the priority deadline (excluding some performing arts applicants) were admitted, deferred, or denied. We also did not place any students on the wait list during the priority decision period. We also would not have updated a decision decision on a deferred applicant at this point. Final decisions will not be available for deferred students until February 19.
-Charles

 

Charles

December 17, 2009, 3:27 pm

Demone,
If you have been denied, then you have not been selected for admission to the University of Illinois. It also means that your application has already been considered for any related majors, including our Division of General Studies. You are not able to submit another application during the regular filing period. Feel free to call our office at 217-333-0302 for more information about your decision.
-Charles

 

Charles

December 17, 2009, 3:27 pm

Aman,
We base our decision on the required information submitted with your application. Do not send additional information as it will not be factored into the decision and only delay the review process. This is also addressed in our FAQ: http://www.admissions.illinois.edu/faq/deferred.html
-Charles

 

Samuel

December 23, 2009, 11:15 pm

I didnt get accepted to the business program and i have like a 23 ACT and a 2.6 GPA, can i appeal too.

 

gparent

December 28, 2009, 5:49 pm

Charles, thank you for this great information. The FAQ indicates that deferred students will hear final status “by” February 19th. Per your response to Benjamin above, does that mean that all students receive final status “ON” Feb 19th, or, is there a chance that some may hear word earlier? Thanks again.

 

Janet

January 1, 2010, 11:58 am

Hello Charles,

I was deferred from the college of LAS. I was wondering if this meant that I was already considered for college of DGS and was deferred from that AS WELL AS the college of LAS. Thank you

 

Charles

January 11, 2010, 9:47 pm

Sorry it took a little while to get back to answering the blog. It takes a little while to catch up from the winter break.

Samuel,
As you can see above, you can submit an appeal of your admissions decision. I would suggest you contact our office at 217-333-0302 if you have not already done so.
-Charles

 

Charles

January 11, 2010, 9:52 pm

Gparent,
No deferred students will hear earlier than February 19. However, there are a small number of students who may not hear until after February 19, such as some preforming arts applicants.
-Charles

 

Charles

January 11, 2010, 9:59 pm

Janet,
If you were deferred for an LAS major, then you are still being considered for that major. Students admitted to DGS are no longer under consideration for their first choice program.
-Charles

 

gparent

January 12, 2010, 11:25 am

Welcome back Charles. My son is waiting for deferred answer on admission into MechEng. He now wants to move to Physics Engineering (He will even do that if he gets into ME). Will he be considered for other Engineering colleges or just moved to General Studies if he doesn’t get into Mech Engrg?

 

ATay

January 16, 2010, 7:59 pm

Hi, I was also deferred to the new i-Health program. Is there any chance this program won’t end up running if there isn’t enough interest? If so, would I then perhaps be considered for Community Health? Thanks!

 

Luke

January 19, 2010, 5:23 pm

Hi Charles,

I was recently deferred and I found out that my school automatically sends 7th semester grades to all schools I am applying to (including U of I). Will these grades even be glanced at when deciding my admission status?
Thanks!

 

Charles

January 21, 2010, 9:48 am

Gparent –
Studnets who are not able to be admitted to thier first choice program will be considered for related programs in addition in General Studies. So, it is possible for a student to receive an offer of admission to an alternate engineering program, although historically it has been more common for an alternate offer to be in General Studies.
-Charles

 

Charles

January 21, 2010, 9:50 am

ATay,
As with any new program or curriculum, the University is careful to grow the program responsibly. If you are not able to be admitted to the i-Health program, you will be considered for related programs and the Division of General Studies.
-Charles

 

Charles

January 21, 2010, 9:52 am

Luke,
We will not consider 7th semester grades, even if they are submitted by your school. So they will not have an impact on your application.
-Charles

 

Christine

January 24, 2010, 2:19 am

Hi,
Do deferred students have a slight advantage over those students under the regular period with the around the same credentials(I mean grades)?

 

Danielle

February 4, 2010, 8:06 am

Hi Charles,
I was hoping you could help me out with this question. I was deffered and was wondering if i should call the school and let them know that I recieved the COCA-COLA Scholarship. I was one of the 87,000 applicants who received this and wondering if this will help me with their decision.

 

Jan

February 12, 2010, 5:05 pm

hello Charles,

I was a deferred applicant, but when I checked my application status just now there is nothing that says deferred on it–it just looks like i am a new applicant. Does U of I still know that I was deferred and that I am on priority filing?

 

Charles

February 19, 2010, 10:23 am

Hello Jan –
The admissions decision field has been taken down on your status screen until 5pm (Central) on February 19. This is why you cannot see your previous status as a deferred student. Once the status is back up, you will be able to see your final admissions decision.
-Charles

 

Charles

February 19, 2010, 10:25 am

Christine,
In some circumstances applying during the priority period may give you a slight advantage. However, we always look to admit the best students, regardless of whether they applied during the regular or priority period.
-Charles

 

Charles

February 19, 2010, 10:30 am

Danielle,
Congratulations on the scholarship! Although this is a great honor, it is not likely to impact your final admissions decision. We put more weight on your high school academic performance than outside honors or awards.
-Charles

 

Chanel West

February 20, 2010, 9:36 am

Hello. I applied to U of I back in October and I have been anxiously awiaitng Feb 19th. However, my decision still says deferred until final review. Can this be an error?

 

Janet

February 22, 2010, 9:55 pm

I got into U of I under the major of my choice! But for final transcipts, does U of I take into consideration the difficulty of my coursework when they look at my grades. I have a hard sceduale this year and i usually don’t get C’s but this year i am, and it isn’t because I’m slacking, it’s because the course work is incredibly challenging. Will they decline me because of my Cs?

 

Charles

February 23, 2010, 4:14 pm

Chanel,
If you are still waiting for an admissions decision, plesae contact our office at 217-333-0302 so our staff can answer your questions individually.
-Charles

 

Charles

February 23, 2010, 4:19 pm

Janet,
When we review final transcripts in the summer, we check final grades as well as schedule changes. An unauthorized schedule change or extreme drop in grades could jeopardize your admission. A slight dip in GPA is not likely to have an impact, but a larger drop will cause your application to be re-reviewed.
-Charles

 

Janet

February 24, 2010, 9:13 pm

Charles,

How big of a drop in GPA would hey review my application, and how often is it when a student who is already accepted then gets rejected?