Talk to your counselor to make sure you're taking challenging classes and are on track to meet our admissions requirements.
Explore different academic interests by getting involved in extracurricular activities that you enjoy. If you're not sure where to start, you can take a quiz to learn which of our majors match your personality type.
Attend summer programs hosted on our campus to learn a whole lot and see what life at UIUC is like.
After creating a list of your preferences and strengths, narrow down your academic interests until you have a major or two in mind.
Talk to your counselor about your college goals, making sure you’re still on track to meet our requirements based on your potential major. Discuss taking advantage of any challenging coursework your school offers, like AP or IB classes.
Stay involved in your extracurricular activities, continuing to look for opportunities related to your potential major and leadership positions that involve more time and responsibility.
If you haven’t taken the PSAT/NMSQT yet, sign up to do so. In addition, register and practice for your ACT or SAT tests.
Talk to your family about possible college options. Consider what's important to you (size, affordability, a specific major, research, athletics, distance from home, and so on).
Make a list of 5 to 10 colleges that interest you most, visiting as many of them as possible (including UIUC!) before you apply.