Everything You Need to Know About Early Action Admission Notifications

The college admissions process is a big game of hurry up and wait. Hurry to get your apps in on time, and then wait for months to hear back. It can be stressful, so here are a few things to keep in mind as the decision release day gets closer.

Friday the 13th

Decisions will be released on Friday, December 13 at 4:00 p.m. All decisions will be posted via your myIllini account, which leads me to my next tip …

Your myIllini Account

I highly encourage you to log in to your myIllini account before December 13 to ensure you can access it. If you applied via Coalition, we have created a myIllini account for you. Your username is the email address you used when you applied.

Accepting Your Offer

You can accept your offer right away. Though it’s not required, there are some benefits to accepting your offer early on. Ultimately, you will need to make a decision no later than May 1, the National College Decision Day.

Financial Aid & Scholarship Information

Financial aid and scholarship information will not be included in your offer of admission. That information will come to you later in the spring. You can refer to the Office of Student Financial Aid for more information. If you have not completed your FAFSA yet, I highly recommend that you do so as soon as possible. To learn more about submitting your FAFSA and applying for scholarships, check out our guide to paying for college.

Keeping Cool

Please be patient and don’t hit refresh multiple times! Many people will be checking their myIllini accounts all at once, so it may be slower than usual to load. If you’re experiencing technical difficulties, I recommend trying a different browser and being patient with our system.

Your Next Steps

There’s only one thing you have to do right now: relax. Your application is in, so use this time to take a deep breath and stop worrying for a little bit. If you don’t believe me, then read more about why you don’t have to stress when you’re waiting to hear back from Illinois.

Questions? Call Us!

We are here to help. You can reach us at 217-333-0302 or admissions@illinois.edu. Our office hours are 8:30 to 5:00 p.m. CST, and we are happy to help you with anything you may need.



Senior Associate Director of Recruitment & Outreach, Undergraduate Admissions
I'm here to help high school students and their families navigate the college search process. An Illinois alumnus (LAS ’02), I had the honor to play football for the Orange and Blue.


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  • Hello and good question. Decisions will be released at 4:00 p.m. CST. Good luck; we’re crossing our fingers for you!

  • Daughter submitted via Coalition – no status update, nothing!
    Emailed admissions, but was after hours – any thoughts?

  • Hello! Even if your daughter applied via Coalition, she will need to log in to myIllini to view her status. If she’s already done that and didn’t receive an update there, she should call our office on Monday to speak to an admissions counselor. They should be able to help! Our number is 217-333-0302, and we will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST.

  • We recieved the defer letter. I want to know if the letter was sent by the same template. What can we do next?

  • Hi, and thanks for reaching out. You can read more about the defer status and what it means here: https://admissions.illinois.edu/Apply/Freshman/decisions. There’s not much else for your son to do between now and our regular decision release date in early March. However, he can send new ACT or SAT scores to our office before that time. They should be sent directly from the testing agency. If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at 217-333-0302 or email us at admissions@illinois.edu. We’re here to help.

  • Sorry, we should have said that test scores should be sent directly from the testing agency, not using our test score change form. Our apologies!

  • Hi,
    My son got a decision of denial. Can he apply for regular decision again as he is very confident to be selected based on his grades and scores etc..?
    Can we reach out for the reason for denial? This would help him for other elite colleges applications.

  • Hi Kim, thanks for reaching out. Unfortunately, your son can’t apply for regular decision again. However, he is more than welcome to call our office at 217-333-0302 to discuss both his application and his options. Our admissions counselors are available from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST Mondays through Fridays to talk!