Your path to Illinois starts here!

Hey, y’all! I’m back! Back to talk to you about how to start your Illinois journey. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, the college search process is overwhelming. I hope this post will help you, no matter where you are in school or the world, make a little more sense of finding the perfect school for you and feeling more confident in your college search. Also, check out our full action plan.

For everyone… Request more information from our office! We have a team here to provide you with information that YOU want. By filling out that form, you’ll get on our mailing list and we’ll send you personalized communication based on your interest. So seriously, freshman-seniors fill out the form.

If you’re just starting your search

What are you looking for in a college? Size? Location? Major? Financial aid package? I recommend narrowing down your options by thinking about your non-negotiables. For me, I knew I wanted to stay in Illinois, but some people may be looking for rankings, access to resources, etc.

How to prepare inside the classroom

Talk to your counselor to make sure you’re taking challenging classes and are on track to meet our admissions requirements. After creating a list of your preferences and strengths, narrow down your academic interests until you have a major or two in mind. Take the PSAT tests and prepare to take the ACT/SAT during your junior year.

How to prepare outside the classroom

We admit great students that have succeeded inside and outside of the classroom. We look for your extracurricular activities to provide leadership opportunities and prove that you’re able to balance your time. Sometimes these involvements relate to future careers, and that’s even better!


We made something just for you, seriously. Check out our Senior Calendar. And I’d recommend using this calendar, or something like it, for every single  school you’re applying to, keeping all of your dates and deadlines in one place.

Now let’s talk Illinois

Need a reason to consider Illinois? How about 200+? Also, we offer AWESOME summer programs hosted on our campus to learn a whole lot and see what life at Illinois is like. These programs fill up fast, so have them on your radar early! Oh and visit, visit, visit. Whether you come to campus or check out our virtual tours, we want to give you plenty of opportunities to picture yourself as an Illini.


Until next time…@kaci_uofi



Admissions Counselor
I work extensively with our large campus visit programs to give our prospective students first-hand experience of life at Illinois. I grew up in and around Champaign-Urbana, but most recently I moved from northwest Ohio, where I finished my master’s degree in College Student Personnel.