What to Know About Your Admission Decision

WE MADE IT! Decision Day is nearly upon us. I know you’ve been waiting anxiously for months now, and I promise, we have been reviewing as fast as possible for y’all. But before you see your decision, it is important to know what each one means and prepare accordingly. Let’s start with the easy ones.


If you get this decision, it is very important to CELEBRATE, BECAUSE CONGRATS, YOU’RE AN ILLINI!!! However, you need to check what program you are admitted to because you could be admitted to either your first or second-choice major, and in some cases, an alternate major. If you’re admitted to an alternate major, it means you’re on the wait list for your first-choice major.

Make sure you look at your Admitted Student Checklist; it will lay out the next steps of the process quite nicely. And if you are considering changing your major at Illinois, please contact our office, because there is a specific process you need to follow.


While this may be a sad decision right now, it is not the end of the road, so definitely check out our denied freshman FAQ (linked above) for more information. I encourage you to explore Illinois as an option for transfer after completing 30 transferable credits at another institution. Again, contact our office if this is something you’re interested in.


We also have some more complicated decisions that depend on whether you applied Early Action or Regular Admission that I can explain for y’all.


If you applied Early Action to a particularly competitive major, you might receive a deferred decision. This is nothing to be concerned about; it simply means we need more time to review your application and we want to determine how you and your strengths fit into this year’s applicant pool as a whole. In order to do that, we need to wait until we’ve received all applications.

You’ll receive your decision with our Regular Admission applicants on February 2. Please note that we won’t accept additional documents while you’re waiting on your decision.

Wait Listed

I know what you’re all thinking: “Wait listed isn’t a complicated decision; I know what that means.” But there are two different wait list decisions you could have. If your decision is “Offered Wait List,” we’re offering you the wait list for your first-choice major. If your decision is “Offered Campus Wait List,” we weren’t able to place you on the wait list for your first-choice major. Instead, we’re offering you the wait list for your second-choice major, the Division of General Studies, and alternate majors related to your academic interests.

Keep in mind that the wait list isn’t ranked; our selection is based on a variety of factors and remaining needs for the incoming class. We will still be holistically reviewing applicants as we select students from the wait list in order to balance and complete our freshman class.


Do you think you’re ready for decisions to be released? I think you’re ready for decisions to be released. I have all the faith in the world in you humans. As always, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns by contacting our office or commenting below!



Admissions Counselor
I am originally from New Jersey, but I grew up and graduated high school in the north suburbs of Chicago. I love being an admissions counselor because I get to meet and interact with remarkable students almost every day!


  • Hello Shreyas! Decisions are typically released after 4:00pm on the day you’re expecting your decision (which depends on Early Action or Regular Admission status).

  • Hi Danny,

    My son was deferred from the CS major a few days ago.
    I have some questions:
    (1) How many students do you admit for the CS major as a whole?
    (2) How many CS major students do you admit during EA?
    (3) How many CS major applicants do you defer during EA?
    (4) What are the chances (probability) of getting accepted on Feb 2 for the deferred ones?



  • Dear sir,
    I have received your offer BM in voice performance 2018FALL, That is so great!
    Your school is my dream school. Could you let me know which deadline date I must confirm on myillinois online and the next step to accept your offer?

    Yan Cui

  • Congratulations Yan, we’re so proud of you! You have until the until the national deadline to accept or decline your offer of admission, May 1st.
    In regards to your questions S.H., I would encourage you to call our office due to the specific nature and volume of questions you have.

  • Hello Danny,
    Would you please let me know if I have to pay the enrolment fee to know if I had been accepted to my first choice major or not?

  • Hello Annesha! You can view your decision by logging into your myIllini account and checking the status of your application! If you have any questions about your decision, please call our office.