Freshman Application Dates

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Apply Dates

Early Action Filing Period

Aug 24 – Nov 1

You must submit your completed application, including application fee (or fee waiver) and test scores, by 11:59 p.m. CST on November 1. Doing so may give you the best chance for being admitted to academic programs with limited space and special attention for admission to honors programs and for merit awards.

Test Scores

If you're applying early action, you should request your test scores from the testing agency no later than October 5. Scores requested and tests taken after October 5 may not arrive in time to complete your early action application. As long as you have a test score on file by our early action deadline, however, we'll consider any additional scores that arrive in our office before our mid-December decision date.

Application Filing Period

Aug 24 – Dec 1

You must submit your application by 11:59 p.m. CST on December 1. We need to receive your application fee (or fee waiver) and test scores by December 12.

Decision Dates

Admission Notification

Early: Dec 16

Final: Feb 3

If you meet our early action deadline of November 1, your status will be updated on December 16. Depending on the competitiveness of the major you select, you may not receive a final decision at this time. If you apply after our early action deadline or don't receive a final decision on December 16, your decision will be announced on February 3. You can check your admission status in myIllini.

College-Specific Notification

By Mar 1

For students applying to Dance, Music, and Theatre (especially if your audition is after February 1), you'll receive your final decision no later than March 1.

Honors & Scholarship Notification

By Mar 1

If you’re selected to an honors program or awarded a scholarship, you’ll receive notification at the time of your admission offer. A few college and departmental scholarships will be awarded after admission notification but no later than March 1.

Learn about our honors programs

See the scholarships we offer