We understand your concerns regarding the current financial aid delays, and we're sorry this is happening! We're committed to minimizing the impact on you and your family, and, if needed, we will change our FAFSA and college commitment deadlines. Our decision to change our deadlines will be announced no later than March 15. If you have any questions in the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact our Office of Undergraduate Admissions or Office of Student Financial Aid directly.
Planning to apply through Common App? Watch their video to walk through the process from start to finish. You can also apply to UIUC through myIllini.
If you apply through myIllini, you'll self-report your courses and grades in your application. If you apply through Common App, we'll email you instructions on how to do this after we receive your application. Either way, we encourage you to check out our video walkthrough playlist and FAQ as you work!
When you apply to UIUC, you'll be asked to answer two to three major-specific prompts and an essay question. View example answers below!
You'll be asked to choose a major within our application. Not sure what you want to major in yet? That's okay! We're here to help you discover the perfect path for you.
You can explore all of UIUC's majors–including descriptions, career options, post-grad stats, and more–on our website.
If you're unsure of where to start, take a quiz to discover UIUC majors that relate to your personality type.
At UIUC, you can also apply to our undeclared program in the Division of General Studies (DGS) and choose a major later!
Not sure where to start, or just want to be certain you've done everything needed to apply? Here's a quick checklist to help!
You can apply through myIllini or Common App. We don't give preference based on your application choice, so do what's easiest for you!
When you submit your application, you'll pay a nonrefundable fee by credit card. If you qualify for a fee waiver, make sure your counselor submits our fee waiver form.
If you apply through Common App, we'll email you a link to report this information after you submit the application. (If you apply through myIllini, this is part of the application.)
For example, if you're applying into a talent-based major like art, dance, music, or theatre, you'll need to complete an audition or submit a portfolio.
You can view your status page and confirm all is good to go by clicking on your application in myIllini. If you apply through the Common App, we'll create a myIllini account for you after you submit your application.
Check out the resources below for additional help as you apply, including general college prep resources.
We're here to help you! Please don't hesitate to reach out to our admissions counselors at any time.