Self-Reported Courses FAQ

What does it mean to self-report my courses?

On the application for admission, you’ll be asked to enter your courses and grades for years 9 to 11 as they appear on your official high school transcript. You’ll also be asked to enter your courses in progress for year 12.

How do I enter my courses and grades?

You must have your high school transcript with you when filling out the Courses section, entering all information exactly as it appears on your document. All semester, trimester, or quarter grades must be listed in the Courses section. Don’t average grades.

If you’re admitted and plan to enroll, your final, official transcript must match the information in the Courses section. If it doesn’t, your admission offer will be rescinded.

Do I need to include 9th grade if it was completed at a junior high or middle school?

Yes, all courses taken in 9th grade must be reported regardless of where they were taken.

Do I need to include advanced courses and grades from 7th and 8th grade?

Advanced courses taken in the 7th and 8th grade in mathematics or a language other than English may count toward your subject pattern requirement. To list them, select "Pre-High School" in the term field.

What if my high school provides a decile instead of a class rank?

If your high school provides a decile instead of a class rank, select "No" for the class rank question within the application.

Am I able to include college courses or dual credit courses I have taken while in high school?

Yes, the application gives you the opportunity to self-report any college courses or dual credit courses you’ve taken prior to enrolling at Illinois.

I attended multiple high schools; how do I list my grades?

  • If you attended multiple U.S. high schools and your current high school transcript lists the courses and grades from your previous high school, you can use your current high school’s transcript to complete the Courses section. You’ll need to list all high schools attended separately.
  • If your current high school doesn’t list the courses and grades from your previous high school, use your previous high school’s transcript to complete the Courses section for the years you attended that school.
  • If you’ve transferred from an international high school to a U.S. high school, enter all international coursework as it appears on your international transcript or grade report. If you decide to enroll at Illinois, you’ll need to send official transcripts from all international schools you’ve attended in addition to your current U.S. high school transcript.

How do I enter my external exam results (O-Levels, Indian Standard X exams, I/GCSE, HKDSE, etc.)?

You must have your external exam results with you when self-reporting your scores, entering all information as it appears on your document.

In the Education section, create a high school record for the school or schools you attended while preparing for the exam. You don’t need to create high school records for the years in which exams weren’t taken; those courses and grades don’t need to be reported. Answer "Yes" to the education system question of "Are you or have you been enrolled in an educational system which includes externally administered exams?"

In the Courses section, check the box for "I only have international exam results during this period."

In the Other Academic Information section, enter all external exams you've taken and the scores you've received. Also enter all exams you plan to take and check the radio button for "Results Not Received Yet."

If you’re admitted and plan to enroll, your final, official exam results must match the information you reported. If they don't, your admission offer will be rescinded.

Examples: India, Singapore, Malaysia

What should I do if my high school lists my grades numerically?

If your transcript includes a numerical to letter grading scale, enter the grading scale conversion in the Education section and the corresponding letter grades in the Courses section.

If your transcript doesn’t include a numerical to letter grading scale, enter your grades numerically in the Courses section. Don’t enter a grading scale conversion in the Education section.

What should I do if my high school doesn’t follow an A-F or a numerical grading scale?

Select "Other" as your type of grading scale in the Education section and enter a grading scale conversion, even if one does not appear on your transcript.

My high school follows a block schedule. How do I report this in the Courses section?

Applicants who attend schools that follow block scheduling should report their courses as year-long courses. It’s true that the course is only a semester, but it’s worth a year of work.

What if I’ve taken the GED or don’t plan on earning a high school diploma?

If you took the GED and completed some high school coursework, include all completed high school coursework in the Courses section. You’ll need to send a copy of your GED score report to our office.

If you took the GED and didn’t complete any high school coursework, contact our office to explain your situation and receive more details. You’ll need to send a copy of your GED score report to our office.

Can I make changes to my self-reported courses once they’ve been submitted?

Prior to submitting the application, you may save your progress and return to complete it or make changes to it. You can’t edit your application once it's submitted, so review your entries carefully before doing so.

If you have an update to your senior year schedule or you find an error after submitting your application, complete our Course Change Form in myIllini.

When do I submit my final transcripts?

If you’re admitted and decide to enroll at Illinois, you’ll be required to submit final, official high school transcripts once you graduate. Don’t send official transcripts at the time of application or after mid-year grades are received.