What to Know When Applying to UIUC

When applying to colleges and universities, it is critical to know how each school’s admissions processes work. These processes vary from school to school by large margins, and this blog will explore the details of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign admissions process to provide a better understanding of our approach.

What is direct admission?

UIUC utilizes a direct admission application process. When students apply, rather than applying to the university as a whole, they apply directly to their major of interest. For this reason, it is important to take note that each major at UIUC has its own level of competitiveness. We do provide a freshman profile, which gives a college-by-college breakdown of the admitted middle 50% of students to that college.

What’s a second-choice major?

The UIUC application includes a feature that allows you to apply to a second major, at no disadvantage to your admission of your first-choice major. By applying to a second-choice major, if you are not admitted into your first-choice major, you are given another opportunity for admission to UIUC.

Please keep in mind that if you choose to apply to a second-choice major, you will be required to write an additional essay for this major. In addition, not all majors are available as second-choice majors, including many of our competitive engineering majors, business majors, and several others.

What about double majoring?

If students elect to apply with a second choice major and is admitted, they will still only be admitted into one major. Students cannot enter UIUC with a double-major status; instead, students are encouraged to speak with their academic advisor if they are interested in pursuing a dual degree or double major at UIUC.

What about minoring?

Minoring is another option available to students who choose to study at UIUC; however, students are not admitted to UIUC with a minor. If students are interested in declaring a minor, this is another conversation they will have with their academic advisor once they are enrolled.



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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