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Admitted Transfer Students: Spring 2018 Next Steps

by Casey

September 22, 2017

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Application

Congratulations on your admission to Illinois! We are very excited that you will be joining our campus this spring. Before you begin packing your bags, I want to provide you some information on the next steps you will need to take to complete the transfer…

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When should you file your FAFSA?

by Zoe

September 22, 2017

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Financial Aid

First, let’s start by talking about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or the FAFSA. What is it? What does it do? The FAFSA is what qualifies you for both federal and state aid. It will generate a number called your Estimated Family Contribut…

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End of September?

by Sarah

September 21, 2017

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Everyday Life

I really cannot believe that it's getting to be the end of September! I've been on campus for around a month so far (this school year), and time is sure flying by! By now, all but one of my normally scheduled activities are in full swing, and I am real…

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4 Things to Do After You Submit the Application

by Danny

September 20, 2017

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Admission Requirements, Application

You’ve poured over essay drafts, self-reports, and application questions for what feels like days, maybe even weeks, and there it is, in all its glory: the submit button! You check over your application one, two, three…hundred…times, and then: …

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The Third Time’s the Charm

by Alec

September 18, 2017

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Everyday Life

It's my third year here at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and surprisingly my motivation is at an all-time high. I think freshman and sophomore year really take a toll on students because it is still the transition phase. You come to coll…

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The Ellnora Guitar Festival at Krannert Center

by Daniel

September 17, 2017

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Everyday Life, Recreation

As a student at Illinois, we are fortunate to have such amazing resources on campus. On top of the resources that can help us in the classroom, we also are extremely lucky to have accesses to a beautiful performing arts center called the Krannert Center o…

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Fall Food Adventures

by Jacob

September 16, 2017

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Campustown, Everyday Life

Throughout my first two years of college, I was very used to eating at certain places and choosing to stay with the tastes that I considered safe. This fall, all of that has changed. I have begun to try many different places, and so far, I am loving it. …

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Working on Campus Your Freshman Year

by Rachel

September 15, 2017

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Campustown, Career Plans, Champaign-Urbana, Everyday Life, Work

I'm the type of person who can't sit still. Really, my friends find it hilarious. They always say I don't know how to relax, and that I am always busy doing one thing or another. And they're not wrong. Which is why, when surrounded by free time …

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The First Few Days After Joining the Marching Illini (With Pictures)

by Lydia

September 14, 2017

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Everyday Life, Student Organizations

Early on Friday, August 25, the Marching Illini released the 2017 performance block results. When I checked my phone, eager to see the results, I was ecstatic. I was in! Excited to share the news, I immediately texted my family and friends back home befor…

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Connecting to the Orange and Blue

by Steven

September 14, 2017

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Career Plans, Resources, Student Organizations

The University of Illinois provides important resources for each and every student on our campus. Excellent classes, 1000+ student organizations, and a thriving community of students from around the globe. During my first two years on campus I was able to…

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Connect with us on Social Media!

by Kaci

September 11, 2017

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Campus Visits, Campustown, Champaign-Urbana, Everyday Life

If you're reading this...you've already started to connect with us on social media! As admissions counselors, we really try and reach prospective students and their families wherever works best for them. So whether it's at your high school, on a campus vi…

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I Love the Illini Union

by Jacob

September 9, 2017

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Campustown, Everyday Life, Recreation

This year, I have discovered a really great place on campus: the Illini Union. Now, I am not saying that I have never been there in my first four semesters. I am saying that only now am I finding out how much I love it. Lets start off with its great lo…

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James Scholar Honors Program at the College of Education

by Rachel

September 9, 2017

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Curricula

Each college at the University of Illinois participated in the James Scholar Honors Program, or James Scholar for short. The invitation requirements vary by college, so I am going to speak from my experience as a James Scholar in the College of Education.…

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Things To Do Before Class Starts

by Connie

September 8, 2017

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Campustown

It has been two weeks since the first day of our new semester, but I am still in “vacation mode." People asked, “what kind of fun can you get anyway?” Well, it is true that we are kind of in the middle of nowhere, but luckily, we are located in two …

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Spring 2018: The Transfer Application Process

by Casey

September 7, 2017

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Application

Although this semester just started, you may be already thinking about transferring to Illinois next spring. Well, the transfer application is now open for Spring 2018 and you can start filling it out at any time. Let me tell you a little bit about that p…

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Living in an Apartment During the School Year

by Alexandra

September 7, 2017

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Everyday Life

It's here, everyone. The long-awaited school year is here and it is cold. Well, not cold exactly, a bit brisk. Whatever it is, my walk to work/dash for the bus always seems to remind me that I wore the wrong clothes that day. But you know what? That's ok…

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Give Yourself an Hour

by Steven

September 5, 2017

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Everyday Life, Recreation

College is an exciting time, and it’s also a very busy time. Between your classes, work, student organizations, and a social life it can be difficult to find some time to yourself. It’s certainly something I’ve battled with for the past two years. …

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Best Wishes for the New Semester

by Sarah

September 5, 2017

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Everyday Life

I cannot believe that the second week of classes is here! I hope everyone is enjoying the start of the semester. I am really loving my classes and other activities so far, and I find it hard to believe that this is my senior year! So far my time at Ill…

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Why It’s Important to “Show Up” to Class

by Rachel

September 5, 2017

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Curricula

There is a stigma in college that one does not need to show up to class. First, let me tell you that this is not true, as you future Illini will quickly find out. But showing up means more than physically being at class. It is important to mentally sho…

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Relax, Navigating a College Fair is Easy!

by Brian

September 1, 2017

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Career Plans, Resources

You walk into a huge gymnasium full of different colleges and universities. You have no idea where to start, what questions to ask, or if you even want to attend any of these schools. Relax and take a deep breath. Feel better?! The people behind…

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