High School Counselor Cycle Updates

This guide provides all of the information you need to know as you work with fall 2024 first-year applicants. Thank you for all you do for your students!

Application Deadlines

We offer two application periods, with early action and regular decision dates. If students have questions as they apply, encourage them to watch our How to Apply video or read our Complete Guide to Applying blog.

Early Action Admission Deadline

  • Deadline: November 1
  • Notification: January 26

Regular Admission Deadline

  • Deadline: January 5
  • Notification: Early March

Continued Efforts in Recruiting & Yielding Underrepresented Students

Illinois is committed to access, equity, and inclusion for students from all backgrounds. Following the Supreme Court's decision to end affirmative action, continued efforts in both programming and resources will be made to recruit underrepresented students and yield a diverse student body that reflects the values of our community.

Fee Waivers

New this year, we'll be approving fee waivers from students who are graduates from the five current high schools partnered with Hope Chicago. We'll also be approving fee waivers for students who are part of the Chicago Scholars program. To request a fee waiver on behalf of your students, please submit our fee waiver form.


Because we admit by program, some programs are significantly more competitive. We publish our admit rates by college, as well as for our Computer Science-related programs.

We encourage students to apply for programs in which they plan to enroll if admitted. We will only consider students for programs to which they apply. The Division of General Studies is intended for students who are open to exploring more than one major, with preference given to students who are open to exploring programs with capacity on campus. Students who are only interested in intercollegiate transfer once on campus into The Grainger College of Engineering or Gies College of Business should be encouraged to enroll at another university.

Due to competitiveness, students are only able to enter our Computer Science, Computer Science + Bioengineering, and Computer Science + Physics programs in The Grainger College of Engineering as new first-year or transfer students. They are not able to apply to change majors into these programs once on campus, although they can still pursue a Computer Science minor or apply to change majors into other Computer Science + X programs.

New Majors

We've added a number of new majors for first-year students to explore this year:

Majors Unavailable as a Second Choice

Following are the majors not available as a second choice for first-year students:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy + Data Science
  • Business programs
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • All Computer Science + X programs
  • Information Sciences
  • Information Sciences + Data Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • All Music programs except Music BA
  • Psychology


We invite you and your students to visit campus on Saturday, October 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for IlliniFest, a campus-wide event packed with unique programming. Students will have the opportunity to get info from their top academic communities, explore residence halls, learn about campus resources, and more. Encourage your students to sign up today!