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!


  • Hi Hannah,
    Thanks for the suggestions! U of I is my dream school. I’m just anxiously waiting to hear back so thanks for the tips on what to do after applying.
    – Javohn

  • I am an international applicant from China. I am so excited to receive the admission from university of Illinois.

  • Thank you for this new information provided to me. I really loved the campus the day I went to visit and the students welcoming us were very helpful and very informative.

  • Thank you for emailing me. I look forward to guys notifying us next. I’m so nervous and hope/pray that I am admitted.

  • Hi Hannah,

    Thank you for your email. I will monitor my myIllini account. Also, thank you for the link on the scholarship information.

    Much appreciated,


  • Thank you Hannah. All good advice. The process is stressful along with the waiting! I appreciate U of I keeping in touch with me.

    Joe Dalton

  • Hi Hannah,

    Thank you so much for the info. This is very helpful not only with college application, but also on the importance of being a Senior.

    Thank you,
    Kenneth Jacob

  • Hi Hannah,

    Thank you so much for the information noted here. It is a important reminder of what happened and what needs to continue to happen to right that situation.


  • Hi Hannah,

    Thank you. These are very helpful tips for me to keep an eye on everything. I am looking forward to the decision next Friday!


  • Illinois’s overall a great place and I’m very happy with my choice to attend. Waiting my dream with happy Christmas.

  • Hi Hannah,

    I am very pleased to receive it. Thank you for the helpful suggestions!

    Chengsong Diao

  • Thank you for updating me. I was beginning to think that I was forgotten and that December 14th would never come! And hello people of the internet,I hope that you get into U of I if that is what you wish! 🙂 Shoutout: my instagram is lydiadavidsmeier

  • Can’t wait to hear from U of I regarding the admission decisions. Thank you so much for the heads-up for rechecking my application .

  • Hi,

    Thanks for the useful informations! I’m so excited to get this update from UIUC. Hope I can hear from you soon.
    Wish all of you have a happy Christmas!

    Siyue Yang

  • Thank you for the support from U of I. As an international applicant, the process seems daunting. I’m really looking forward to getting admission to U of I.

    Best Regards
    Rishika Dadhich

  • Really appreciate your advice! I am looking forward to join the big family of University of Illinois!

    Best wishes,
    Juncheng Shen(Tony Shen)

  • I am an international applicant from India. Thank you Hannah. Great information indeed. Looking forward to receiving a positive response from U of I. The wait continues…

  • If I get in this school I’ll be the happiest student alive but thanks for the words of encouragement.

  • Thank you so much! I’m super nervous (and excited!) For December 14th!!
    -Michaella Liv-Feyman

  • Thank You Hannah for these wonderful tips.
    I wish everyone good luck…fingers crossed.

    This is my dream school, as I know several people who recently graduated from here and are doing extremely well in Silicon Valley.

    Happy Holidays everyone!!

  • Thank you so much Hannah for the encouragement and advice. College application is definitely a stressful yet rewarding process. Looking forward to meeting all of you (hopefully)!

  • I think waiting is the hardest part of the admissions process, and an email such as this is helpful and reassuring. Thanks, Hannah!

  • As December 14th approaches. I’ll be sure to give my best effort to be calm. Lets approach the last month of the year strong! Thanks, Hannah.