Blog Posts

Whatever you want to read about—from campus life to application tips—you’ll find it here, starting with our newest content.

Destination India: Inside International Recruitment at Illinois

Happy Fall Y'all! So what really happens during an international recruitment trip? How do you get from point A to B? I'd love to share with you a little about my last international recruitment trip to India and hopefully provide a little insight into w… Keep Reading

by Jess

September 24, 2018

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Major/Career Concerns, We Can Help

Hello Students, I hope you are enjoying the start of this new school year.  The University of Illinois has created something amazing to help in the major/career search process. Please take a look at our new major exploration tool.  When you ap… Keep Reading

by Brian

September 24, 2018

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Interview With Sivani: Former Blogger & UIUC Pre Med

As a prospective student, I was always interested in engaging one-on-one with the students. I wanted to know what life on campus was really like aside from what I heard from faculty speeches and tour guides. The UIUC admissions blog was one way that I cou… Keep Reading

by Fiza

September 23, 2018

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When Cooking Gets Hard

As a junior, cooking for myself in my apartment has been a struggle I face every day. My meals consist of spicy Ramen, ham sandwiches, and smoothies when I'm feeling healthy now and then. Since moving out of my residence hall (shoutout to LAR Sheld… Keep Reading

by Kripa

September 22, 2018

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Three Books Every Incoming Freshman Should Read

For those of you who don't know, I am studying Middle Grades Education in hopes of teaching middle school language arts. Reading has always been important to me. I've read nearly every book ever assigned to me, from Fahrenheit 451 to The Great Gatsby. But… Keep Reading

by Rachel

September 21, 2018

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Are you an admitted spring transfer? If so, click here!

Congratulations Illini, you’ve been admitted!!! But what do you do now? Look no further than your admitted student checklist. In this blog I’ll be taking you through your next steps as an admitted spring transfer student. Your admitted student chec… Keep Reading

by Zoe

September 21, 2018

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When should you file your FAFSA?

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 Contributi… Keep Reading

by Zoe

September 21, 2018

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Tips for your College Visits

Ahhh, campus visits...I remember the thrills and fears of picking a place to spend the next four years of my life. I was timid and shy, but also completely fascinated and excited. Now, as a college student, I have a new perspective on the whole colleg… Keep Reading

by Nisha

September 20, 2018

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Studying in College: A Primer

Q: How do I structure my time in college? Do you really get as much free time as people say you do? A: Ah, if I had a nickel for every college study strategy I’ve heard … well … I’d probably have like 6 to 7 nickels, I guess. Needless to say, col… Keep Reading

by Mark

September 19, 2018

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You Applied! …Now What?

After months of researching, going on college visits, writing application essays, and getting your applications in on time...you've done it! So...now what? First, give yourself a pat on the back! It's a lot of work to apply for college! Espec… Keep Reading

by Hannah

September 19, 2018

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Are You Ready for Some Football?

Football season has begun here at Illinois and students are more than excited for the upcoming season! As of yesterday, our team is 2-1, under the leadership of Coach Lovie Smith! [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="350"] (Just imagine his shirt ha… Keep Reading

by Kripa

September 16, 2018

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There’s a First Time for Everything: My First Week in the Classroom

They are big, bad, and scary; they are loud and all-knowing and ready for battle. They are middle-schoolers. About three weeks ago, I began my early field experience as a student teacher, and boy has it been wild. [caption id="attachment_28377" alig… Keep Reading

by Rachel

September 13, 2018

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5 Tips for Fellow First-Gen Students

Starting college is always a transition we say we're ready for … but really aren't. When you're a first-generation college student, this transition is made a little more difficult. Without our parents' prior knowledge and experience, it's like the blind… Keep Reading

by Nisha

September 12, 2018

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10 Reasons to Visit Campus During an Orange and Blue Day!

Calling all #FutureIllini!!! You've got a lot of great ways you can check out our campus throughout the semester (see them all here). But I'm here to talk all about one of those options...Orange and Blue Days! Orange and Blue Days are large open houses he… Keep Reading

by Kaci

September 10, 2018

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Just Start!

In addition to core classes, every student enrolled in the college of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) must take an eight-week seminar during their freshman year called LAS 101 (James Scholars take LAS 122). Within the course, a successful junior or senior… Keep Reading

by Fiza

September 9, 2018

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1/8th of The Semester Is Gone Already!

I know it may be hard to believe, but the semester is not young anymore. As a matter of fact, it is already 1/8th of the way done. That's 12.5% of the semester gone just like that! Of course, with that being said, the other 87.5% of the semester will fee… Keep Reading

by Jacob

September 8, 2018

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College Fair Navigation Guide

At some point this fall, most high schools will host a college fair, where they invite representatives from various universities and colleges to provide you with information. This is a time where you can have candid conversations with the representatives … Keep Reading

by Chris

September 5, 2018

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A Fresh Start

First week of junior year: check! As I begin my third year here at Illinois, it is still a weird feeling to transition from a free, relaxing summer to a strict schedule and a structured daily routine. You would think I would be a pro at this by now, but t… Keep Reading

by Kripa

September 3, 2018

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Big Lecture Halls and Intimidating Professors? Not a UIUC Problem!

After my first class of the day, ten minutes separated me from a front row seat to my first chemistry lecture. Because students usually arrive at least fifteen minutes early, I was already late and out of luck. Throughout high school, all that I heard abo… Keep Reading

by Fiza

September 2, 2018

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Illinois Commitment

I am so excited that we finally get to share the news – Illinois Commitment is here! What is Illinois Commitment? Illinois Commitment is a new financial aid program guaranteed to cover tuition and fees for Illinois residents whose family makes at … Keep Reading

by Andy

August 31, 2018

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