Congratulations, you’ve been admitted! What should you do next?

Congratulations!!! I want to take this opportunity to welcome you into the Illinois family.

You all should be very proud of your accomplishments thus far. All those late nights of studying have paid off! I know all of you have very bright futures ahead, and I am looking forward to seeing what you are going to accomplish in your four years at college and beyond into your careers.

Definitely take a moment to celebrate. You deserve it!

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Now I want you to be aware of what steps need to be taken in the days and months ahead.

First and foremost, you will want to log in to your myIllini account so you can access your Admitted Student Checklist. This will give you a detailed list of everything you need to complete before class starts in the fall.

Accept/Decline Your Offer of Admission

The first item you will want to check off your list is to accept or decline your offer of admission. This must be done by May 1. To accept your offer, a nonrefundable enrollment fee of $150 is needed.

Before you make this important decision, I encourage you to visit our beautiful campus if you haven’t done so already. We have visit programs specifically for admitted students that you can learn about and sign up for.

Don’t worry if you are unable to visit campus in person, though; you can visit our campus virtually through self-guided tours and campus photos.  It will be like you are on campus with us!

Claim Your NetID

After accepting your offer of admission (YAY!!!), the next step is to claim and set your NetID and NetID password. You’ll use this information frequently as an Illini to access various resources on campus. All you need to set up this information is your Activation Code and University Identification Number, both of which can be found through your myIllini account.

Apply for Financial Aid (If You Haven’t Already)

I encourage you all to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible and have it sent to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. If you do this, you should be able to view your financial aid award letter beginning in mid-February or March, which gives you plenty of time to decide whether or not to accept your offer of admission.

Apply for Housing

You will be able to apply for University Housing starting 24 hours after accepting your offer of admission to Illinois. You will either need to complete your University Residence Hall contract online with your housing advance payment or apply online with a Private Certified Housing facility. Just a reminder: All freshmen must live in University Housing or Private Certified Housing. Learn more about which option is the best fit for you!

New Student Registration

You will also need to sign up for New Student Registration, which is a one-day program where you will meet with an academic advisor and create your fall course schedule. Dates for this program will be available to view in mid-March.


Before coming to New Student Registration, you will need to complete some homework, which will be available in early May. Just to keep in mind, this homework needs to be completed at least 2 weeks prior to New Student Registration.

Placement Tests

If you are required to take placement exams, these must also be completed at least 2 weeks prior to New Student Registration. These tests will be available to take starting in early May as well.

Send Us Your Final Transcripts

Once all your final grades are posted, make sure to have your transcript sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions no later than July 10. This transcript needs to include all grades from years 9 through 12 as well as your graduation date.

Transcripts from any post-secondary institution that you attended during high school must also be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Don’t Forget About Your Test Scores

Since you self-reported your ACT/SAT test scores, please don’t forget to have your official test scores sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions no later than May 15.

If you have AP or IB scores, those will need to be sent in as well. AP test scores must be sent electronically from CollegeBoard to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, and IB test scores must be sent directly to our Measurement and Evaluation office.


Immunization forms must be completed and submitted to our health center on campus, McKinley, no later than July 1.


For more information about your next steps, again, be sure to visit your personalized Admitted Student Checklist through myIllini.

We will also be sending you more information and reminders periodically via email in the coming months. If you used an email address from your high school to set up your myIllini account, I encourage you to submit the biographical change form in myIllini to update your email to something you check regularly. Sometimes high school emails deactivate after graduation, and we would hate for you to miss out on some important information.

If you have any questions about what is next, please leave a comment below or contact our office. We are more than happy to guide you through this process.

From one Illini to another, congratulations!



Admissions Counselor
I have lived in central Illinois my entire life. When I was a little girl, it was my dream to attend the University of Illinois. After first attending community college, I graduated from Illinois with both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Communication.


  • I am admitted to school of Engineering as s freshman. And I want to inquire about and apply for merit-based scholarship for out-of-state resident. I am US citizen living in WA state.

  • Congratulations, Michael! As part of the application for admission, you are automatically considered for merit based scholarships at the University of Illinois. Notification of any merit based scholarships will be no later than April 1st.