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You’re Admitted, Now What? Preparing for College at UIUC

Was it all those volunteer hours you put in? Your sharp grades? That little horseshoe anecdote in your essay that made the admissions counselors LOL all the way home? You don’t know, but what you do know is that you just got accepted into one of the most storied universities in the nation. Well done, you!

So, what now? Can you really keep preparing for college after being accepted? Of course you can! Let’s use a flowchart to consider your options:

accept flow chart. do you accept? no=error, yes=congrats!

Now that you’re officially an Illini, we can delve into your next steps!

(But seriously, if you’re on the fence about your college decision, here are 10 reasons why the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is a great choice.)


new admitted students surrounded by proud family

Your Admitted Student Checklist

Maybe that header above should have been called “Your Best Friend,” because that’s what your Admitted Student Checklist is. Your checklist is tailored to you and lays out exactly what your next steps are. Plus, your tasks will be checked off as you complete them, which is incredibly satisfying.

You can find your personal checklist by clicking on your application for admission in myIllini. It’s waiting for you! Meanwhile, we’ll touch on some of the basics below.

You & Your NetID

Once you accept your offer of admission (the first step on your checklist), you’ll be assigned a NetID. Your NetID is basically your username for most UIUC resources and accounts. It will stay the same all throughout college and can make for a snappy nickname. Hey there, qpklbbt4! Maybe not. Still, it’s fun to get a new email address. 

Now comes the hard part: to claim your NetID, you need to think of a good password. Of course, coming up with good passwords is aNn0Ying. You’re going to be even more bUGG3d when you learn that you’ll have to come up with a new good password at the end of each year, but think of it as a practice in creativity.

Financial Aid

If you haven’t already, you should figure out how you’re going to pay for college. To help with that decision, consider looking into financial aid options. Be sure to submit your FAFSA (even if you don’t think you’ll get anything) and check out scholarship opportunities. This is a complicated step, so as always, we’ve broken it down further if you want more information. 

Housing

At UIUC, all first-year students need to live on campus, whether that be in one of the university’s residence halls or in housing approved by the university. The exception is if you are a squirrel; first-year squirrels are permitted to live on the Quad but should understand that they must find their own food. 

Whenever you’re ready, we have more to say about finding your home away from home.

New Student Registration

You can’t begin your college education without classes. And that’s what New Student Registration is for! You can get a sneak peek of the near-infinite list of classes available at UIUC through our course explorer. (Vegetable gardening? Don’t mind if I do!) But no need to pore over your options; your academic advisors will have plenty of sage advice to share when you meet with them during registration to discuss your plans.

You can learn more about the New Student Registration process, including what you need to do to sign up and how you should prepare it, on our website.

Additional Documents

Remember when you were filling out your application and you self-reported all those tests scores and grades? Well, now that you’re admitted, we want official versions that we can hang up on our fridges. You need to have your scores sent directly to us from the testing agency (such as the ACT or SAT), and your final transcripts sent directly to us from your high school.

You’ll also need to send us immunization forms, and if you’re an international student, you may need to submit an I-20 form as well.


posing current students who are standing at the ready to help their new peers

Virtual Visit Opportunities

To ensure the health and safety of our campus community, we’re currently asking that students and families refrain from visiting us in person. We very much look forward to hosting you again once it’s safe to do so, though—and you’ll be the first to hear about it!

In the meantime, we have a whole slew of admitted virtual visit options to help you learn more about UIUC and your next steps. These include admitted virtual info sessions and one-on-one chats with our counselors, academic meetings with your college, and non-academic meetings with additional communities on campus. You’re also invited to tour campus virtually, experience the day in the life of an Illini, and more!

If you’re struggling with the inability to visit many college campuses right now, we have some more blog advice for you, including a whole section devoted to how you can find out whether a school is the right fit without visiting.

Campus Resources

What’s that on your fingertips? It’s fresh opportunity! We try to do it right here at UIUC, especially in regard to the resources we provide our students. Now that you’re an Illini, be sure to check out what the campus has to offer. Here are just some of the highlights:

And that’s not even half of it. Whether it’s the indoor waterslide, the 3D Printing Lab, the three medical clinics, or the free movie nights at the Union, treasures of all kinds await you throughout your new beginning at UIUC.


There’s a lot to do now that you’ve been admitted, and so much more to discover while preparing for college. You’ve passed a big milestone on the journey to college, and now the adventure begins. Give yourself a round of applause, a pat on the back, or a milkshake, because you definitely deserve it.

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  • What do I do if I have questions about my admittance? I applied early and got placed into Undeclared, despite me putting in my preferred and secondary majors… If there’s someone I could talk to about learning what that means, that would help in the decision making process quite a bit.

  • Hi Thomas,
    The best thing to do would be to call our office. Our admissions counselors can help explain what your decision means and answer any questions you might have. Our number is 217-333-0302, and we’re open 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Thanks for reaching out!

  • Hello, I applied early and got accepted so I want to know whether there is a deadline for me to accept the offer?

  • Congratulations on your acceptance, Krittanat! Early Action at Illinois is non-binding, so you have the same amount of time to accept your offer as other students. That deadline is May 1 (National College Decision Day). If you have any other questions for us, please don’t hesitate to reach out at 217-333-0302 or admissions@illinois.edu. We’re here to help!

  • I am admitted by my first choice major, but I have changed my mind and want to pursue the second or other majors not on my application. Is it possible to change it now? I haven’t accepted the offer because of the concern of the major. Thanks

  • Hi Sharon,

    Thanks for reaching out!

    You can submit a Program Change Form if you’re interested in changing your major to a different program. When you submit this form, though, you’re offering up your place of admission in your current program. This means if you aren’t accepted into your new program, you’re not guaranteed a place back in your old program or admission to Illinois in general.

    As your next step, we encourage you to call our office at 217-333-0302 to speak to an admissions counselor. They can help to advise you on what might be the best course of action in your specific case.

  • Hi I’ve got admitted to the Gies College of Business as “Undeclared Major”
    I want to know how to choose the major and information pertaining to it.

    I also want information on Men’s crew as I want to join them The email link on the website for the men’s crew is bouncing back Please give me the contact details of the Men’s Crew Coach Thanks

  • I just got accepted and as an international student want to apply for financial aid. What is the procedure for that?

  • Congratulations on your admission, and thanks for reaching out! By applying to Illinois, you’re automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. Unfortunately, need-based financial aid isn’t available to international undergraduates, although a few limited scholarships and loans exist through our International Student and Scholar Services: https://isss.illinois.edu/resources/finaid.html. If you have additional questions about financial aid, you can contact our Office of Student Financial Aid at 217-333-0100.

  • Congratulations on your admission!

    All Gies College of Business freshmen are admitted to our Business Unassigned major, giving them the opportunity to explore all areas of study before declaring a major by the end of their sophomore year. If you are 100% sure what you want your major to be, you can declare it when you meet with your academic advisor at New Student Registration. If you’d like more details, you can contact Gies directly: https://giesbusiness.illinois.edu/contact-us.

    If you’re interested in Men’s Crew, we suggest you fill out the following form: https://illinirowing.com/info-form/. You should also be able to contact our men’s team here: https://illinirowing.com/contact-us/.

  • I was admitted, but I didn’t see if I received any merit scholarship money. Should I be able to see that in my portal?

  • Thanks for reaching out, Abigail, and a big congratulations on your admission! If you’re selected to an honors program or awarded a scholarship, you’ll receive notification after your offer of admission but no later than April 1. All scholarship and aid information will be included on your financial aid notification letter. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to email us at admissions@illinois.edu or call us at 217-333-0302. We’re here to help!

  • Hi Ryanne,
    Thanks for reaching out! Yes, all students are automatically considered for our merit-based scholarships when they apply to UIUC. Many of these are for freshmen and transfers in any college, including undeclared students the Division of General Studies. If you’re awarded a scholarship, you’ll receive notification after your offer of admission but no later than April 1. We hope this helps! If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to email us or call us at 217-333-0302.

  • Before we accept, where can we see a breakdown of payment amounts and due dates? Thanks!

  • Hi Karla,
    You can learn more about paying your bill and when it’s due through our University Bursar. This unit is also hosting virtual meetings for admitted students and families throughout the spring: https://myillini.illinois.edu/AdmittedEvents/admits_bursar. You’ll need to log into your myIllini account to view the events and sign up.
    We hope this helps! If you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to email us or call us at 217-333-0302.

  • Hi Kevin,
    Thanks for reaching out, and good question. You can find your UIN by logging into myIllini and clicking on your application for admission. It’s also included on the back side of your Notice of Admission letter. We hope this helps! If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to email us or call us at 217-333-0302.

  • Thanks for reaching out! If you’re a newly admitted student, you can submit your documents through the I-20 application on your admitted checklist. Your admitted checklist can be found by clicking on your application for admission in myIllini. If you’re a currently enrolled student who has never been on campus, you need to email international-admissions@illinois.edu for follow-up instructions on how to submit your documents.

    We hope this helps. You can learn more on the following pages of our website: https://admissions.illinois.edu/Apply/Admitted/visa and https://admissions.illinois.edu/FAQ/admitted-international. Don’t hesitate to email us at international-admissions@illinois.edu with any questions.