Firstly, I would like to congratulate you on being admitted! It’s a super exciting time of year for high school seniors and now that you’re starting to hear back from all of the colleges and universities that you applied to I’m sure you’ve been thinking about which one you’re going to enroll at. In this blog, I’ll provide some information about Illinois and also answer some frequently asked questions about accepting your offer.
Q: Do I really need to visit?
Visiting or re-visiting institutions that you’ve been admitted to is a good idea because now that you’ve actually been admitted, you can see if you can picture yourself on that campus for the next four years. I would highly encourage you to attend one of our on-campus Admitted Daily Visits or Admitted Student Days. You can see which dates and times these are offered on our website!
An Admitted Daily Visit entails an information session, student panel, a campus tour. Meetings with colleges and specific departments are available by request when you register. Admitted Student Days are designed for students who have been admitted to specific colleges so please be sure to check and see if your college is participating in the date you select!
Q: Why Illinois?
While there a ton of reasons, many of them relate back to how amazing our student body and alumni are. To see where are students are going after their time here at Illinois, take a look at the Illini Success website. They even have a report that details exactly where our class from 2014-2015 went. It’s super informative, and there are even specific links for each of our colleges. You can find these reports here!
Q: When should I accept my offer?
You have until May 1 to formally accept or decline your offer of admission; however, it can be beneficial to accept sooner rather than later if you know that Illinois is definitely going to be your home for the next four years.
For example, dates for Summer Registration (the day you’ll meet with an academic advisor and register for fall courses) are going to become available in mid-March, so the sooner you accept your offer, the sooner you can pick a date for Summer Registration and the more dates will be open for you to choose. Also, the earlier your Summer Registration appointment, the more options you’ll have when creating your fall schedule. So if you’re not a morning person and you don’t want an 8 a.m. class, choosing an early Summer Registration date could help!
If you accept your offer prior to May 1, you can also start the process of looking for a roommate, preparing travel plans, thinking about which registered student organizations (RSOs) you’re going to join once you’re on campus, and connecting with other enrolled students on social media!
Q: How do I accept my offer?
You’ll accept your offer via your myIllini account. At that time, you’ll be asked to pay a non-refundable enrollment fee of $150. However, if you applied with, or qualified for a fee waiver, you won’t need to pay the enrollment fee or housing advance payment. Once you’ve accepted your offer, you’ll simply complete the items on your Admitted Student Checklist. If you have questions about this, please refer to my previous blog or contact our office directly.
Q: What if I have more questions?
Hopefully I’ve answered a lot of them here, but if not, be sure to comment below and I will get back to you ASAP.
Finally, hats off to you and congratulations again!