Decisions: What do they mean?

When it comes time to hear back from us after you’ve applied, it’s important to understand what our different decisions mean.


You’ve been invited to join the UIUC family! You can view next steps in your admitted checklist in myIllini.

If the program you were admitted to wasn’t your first choice, know that we strongly considered you for it. We didn’t have room for all qualified applicants, however, and so offered you admission to your second choice (and in some cases, an alternate major if we feel it matches your interests and goals). You’re also considered wait listed for your first choice. If space becomes available in your first-choice major later on, we’ll let you know even if you’ve declined your alternate offer. There's nothing you need to do to be considered.

If you’re interested in transferring to another program after enrolling at UIUC, we recommend you work with your academic advisor to learn the requirements and timeline needed to eventually enter that program.


January notification.

If you applied to a particularly competitive major before our early action deadline, we want to determine how you and your strengths fit into this year’s entire first-year applicant pool. In order to do that, we need to wait until we’ve received all applications.

You’ll be given a decision on our second notification date. At that time, you may be admitted, denied, or wait listed. Please note that we won’t accept additional documents while you’re waiting on your decision.

Wait Listed

Because UIUC receives so many more applications from highly qualified and capable students than there are available positions in the entering class, some students we’re very interested in receive an offer to join our wait list. Once we know how many students have accepted our initial offer of admission, we’ll use the wait list to fill remaining spots in the class.

The wait list isn’t ranked; our selection of students is based on a variety of factors and remaining needs for the class. Our commitment to holistic review will continue as we select students from the wait list in order to balance and complete our first-year class.


You haven’t been selected for admission to UIUC at this time. Please see our denied first-year FAQ for more information. We do encourage you to explore UIUC as an option for transfer after completing 30 transferable credits at a different institution. To learn more, see our Transfer Handbook.