Take Action….Early Action!

If you are anything like me, you are a very punctual person. I don’t think there is anything better you can do to show you are prepared and organized than to show up on time. I wholeheartedly believe that the saying is true, that the early bird really does get the worm. Here at Illinois, that holds true for our admissions process.

What is Early Action? Early Action is our preferred filing period here at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. An important note about Early Action is this is a non-binding agreement. That means if a student applies during the Early Action filing period and is admitted, they are not obligated to come to Illinois.
Why Early Action? There are a few reasons why a student should apply Early Action. First, a student will be given a decision on December 14. An Early Action applicant will find out their decision much early than a student applying during the regular filing period. Another great reason to apply Early Action is to receive priority during the application process. Students will be given the best chance of being admitted into our most selective programs and be given special attention for admissions into honors programs and for merit-based scholarships.

When is Early Action? Our application opens to students September 1st. For a student to be considered an Early Action applicant, we must receive your completed application and application fee or fee waiver by November 1st.

If you have any questions or concerns about the Early Action filing period, feel free to leave me a comment below!


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August 8, 2018, 2:27 pm

Hi Logan! I was wondering, since the UIUC app doesn’t open until September 1st, does this mean the UIUC essays won’t be available until then too? Or is there somewhere else where they’ve already been released for this year? Thanks!




August 14, 2018, 10:30 am

Hi Katja! Thanks for your question. The UIUC essay is listed on our website under the apply tab. You can start working on it now, and then add it to the application when it opens September 1!


Aruna Mahesh

September 8, 2018, 9:40 am

Hi Logan ,
My son,an International student from India, has just given an ACT test today and may take another one on a later date which would most probably be December 2nd. Now can we still apply for an early action considering the fact that we may not be able to report the desired scores by November 1st deadline ?

Thanks in advance,



September 11, 2018, 11:48 am

Hello, thank you for reaching out. If you apply during Early Action, you are able to send us additional test scores through the test change form on your myIllini account until November 1 or until the application is reviewed. If we have already reviewed the application, nothing additional can be submitted. If you submit new scores past November 1, you will no longer be considered Early action, but in the Regular action filing period.


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