You’ve Applied. Now What?

After months of researching, going on college visits, writing application essays, and getting your applications in on time, you’ve done it!

So … now what?

1. Give yourself a pat on the back!

It’s a lot of work to apply for college, especially if you’re applying to multiple colleges and universities. You’ve invested a lot of time so far. Take a deep breath.

2. Triple-check everything.

You most likely double-checked everything before you hit “submit” on your application, but I encourage you to go back once more and make sure you’ve done everything you’ve needed to do thus far and know what’s happening next. Check your application status page in myIllini to make sure we have everything we need from you to complete your application.

At this point, you’re probably playing the waiting game, waiting for your decision to be released. Mark those notification dates on your calendar (December 14th for Early Action and March 1st for Regular Action) and make sure you know how and when you’ll be notified! Apply through Coalition? Make sure you can log in to your myIllini account. That is the only place decisions will be posted.

3. Stay in touch.

Check those emails! If we’re missing something from you, we’ll let you know via email, so make sure you’re checking your email for any notifications from us.

We also understand that things may change after you submit your application-your spring semester schedule may change or you maybe you’ve re-taken the SAT or ACT. If so, make sure to let us know. In such cases, you’ll need to access the course change form on your application status page. This is where you’ll be able to update information regarding your application.

Questions? Call us at 217-333-0302 or email us. We’re here to help!

4. Come visit.

If you haven’t done so yet, schedule a visit to campus! We have a variety of visits almost every day (Mondays through Fridays and some Saturdays, too).

Looking to schedule a visit for the spring semester? Don’t worry! Those dates will be posted on December 15th and you can sign up to come visit then.

5. Apply for Scholarships.

If you haven’t done so, I highly encourage you to complete your FAFSA application now! Many awards are given to students on a first-come, first-serve basis so the sooner you can get it submitted, the better. Now is also a great time to be applying for local scholarships. Our Office of Student Financial Aid has a great list of places to look for scholarships and your high school counseling office most likely has a list of scholarships in your area to apply for as well.

6. Finish strong!

Even though we don’t ask for your senior year grades in the application, that doesn’t mean we don’t care about them! One of the best ways you can set yourself up for a great first year on campus is by finishing strong in your senior year classes.

Stay focused and try to keep senioritis at bay as best you can!



Admissions Counselor
I grew up just 30 minutes north of Champaign-Urbana and am a recent graduate of Illinois. As a former Pathway student, I understand the challenges of adapting to life at both a community college as well as a four-year institution. Whatever you're wondering about, I'll help you out!


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