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 office. Due 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.