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!


Please note that comments close after 90 days.


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 the decision date of December 14. If we have already reviewed the application, we can rereview your application with the new scores!



September 27, 2018, 3:44 pm

For Early Action, is there a specific box to check on the Coalition Application (or is it just a matter of filing the application before November 1st)?
Thank you.



September 28, 2018, 11:09 am

Hi Tracy! There is not. Just getting the application and the fee/fee waiver in by November 1 makes the student an Early Action applicant!



October 6, 2018, 7:43 am

Are AP scores and SAT-II scores considered for admission? If so, how do we send along with the application. Also, is a resume allowed to be sent?

Thanks Logan.



October 10, 2018, 4:11 pm

Hello! AP scores, SAT II scores, and resumes are not considered in the admissions process. Thanks for checking!


Subohi Agarwal

October 15, 2018, 3:00 am

I will be giving the TOEFL test on 20th October 2018. Can I submit the scores after 1st November if they are not available by 1st November?



October 15, 2018, 3:34 pm

Hi! You can! You will need to submit a “Test Change” form, located on the right hand side of your status page. On the form you can update us with any new scores. We will need to receive the updated scores by December 14.


Subohi Agarwal

October 17, 2018, 11:09 am

Will I be considered for early action if I submit my Toefl score after 1st November?



October 19, 2018, 11:02 am

Hi! Yes you will be!



October 29, 2018, 4:17 am

I understand that we can self report the SAT and IELTS score to UIUC. So when do i send the scores officially through testing agency?


Aruna Mahesh

October 29, 2018, 4:36 am

Hi Logan..My son(from Indian CBSE curriculum) is applying early action.He may not be able to report TOEFL scores as he may be able to give the test only in end November. Is there an option to get waived for TOEFL requirement ?..Thanks


Leslie Igbo

October 29, 2018, 5:06 am

Hi! I really want to be considered for early action and the scholarships, but my ACT test scores won’t get to you until after the Nov 1 date. Will I still be considered for admission and the scholarships? Thanks!



October 29, 2018, 8:40 am

Hello Leslie! 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 the decision date of December 14. If we have already reviewed the application, we can rereview your application with the new scores!



October 29, 2018, 8:43 am

Hello! While a TOEFL score is not required for freshmen admission, it is strongly recommended that you submit a TOEFL test score if English is not your first language and/or you attend a school in a non-English-speaking country. Applicants must demonstrate strong proficiency of the English language to be admitted. He is able to submit a TOEFL score, if he chooses, until December 14. He can submit a “test change form”, which can be found on the right hand side of the application status page.



October 29, 2018, 8:43 am

Hello Monal! If you are admitted and decide to enroll at UIUC, that is when we will ask for official scores through the testing agency.