Apply Now—November 1 is quickly approaching!

Can you believe that we are only 2 weeks away from November 1?!

We know this is a very busy time, and I hope you have been taking time to enjoy your senior year (and continue to do well in your classes) thus far! This is a reminder that November 1 is our Early Action application deadline.If you have not yet already started your application, I strongly encourage you to set aside some time and start to do so now!

We encourage all students to apply before our Early Action deadline of November 1 in order to give yourself priority consideration for competitive academic programs, merit-based scholarships, and honors programs. (We use your application for admission to consider you for those three things). Another benefit—you will receive an updated admissions status on December 14! That allows plenty of time to visit campus if you can, ask more questions about the Illinois experience, and make the most informed college decision possible by May 1.

In order to have a complete application by November 1, we really only need two things from you:

  • Your online application submitted either through Coalition or myIllini. This application will include your self-reported academic record, self-reported ACT and/or SAT test scores, 1st and 2nd choice major selections, essay(s), extracurriculars, etc. You can read more the application here.
  • An application fee ($50 for domestic students, $75 for international students) or an application fee waiver form submitted by a high school official.

As a reminder, we do not accept letters of recommendation, SAT Subject Test scores, AP scores, resumes, etc. in our admissions review process.

So now that you know all the benefits of applying Early Action, go ahead and submit your application now!

If you have any questions, please call or email our office – 217-333-0302 or We are always happy to help you through this process!



Admissions Counselor
I coordinate our New Student Registration programming and telecounseling efforts. I grew up in Homer Glen, a southwest suburb of Chicago. I earned my bachelor's degree in Psychology from Bradley University and my master’s degree in Higher Education and Educational Administration from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


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  • Hi Katie,

    I am applying for early action, but, unfortunately my TOEFL got postponed to after the deadline . I have submitted everything in myillini except the TOEFL scores and this makes my application incomplete. Will I be still considered as Early Action?

  • Good Morning Vincent,

    If you reported a TOEFL exam within your application for admission, your Application Status Page will show that the score is required in order to complete your application. Please email our office at at your earliest convenience to request that we make the TOEFL score non-mandatory so your file can be considered complete and an Early Action application.

  • I am currently pursuing the British A Level curriculum and gave the IGCSEs in 10th grade. The course type box in the courses section of the myIllini form only consists of the options: A Level and AS Level; hence, which course type should I choose, and how should I specify that I the course was an international exam result and not an internal examination? Through the course name?