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Self-Reported Courses FAQ

  1. What does it mean to self-report my courses?
    • On the application for admission, you will be asked to enter your courses and grades for years 9 to 11 as they appear on your official high school transcript. You will also be asked to enter your courses in progress for year 12.
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  2. How do I enter my courses and grades?
    • You must have your high school transcript(s) or external exam results with you when filling out the Courses section.
    • All information must be entered exactly as it appears on your document(s). If you are admitted and plan to enroll, your final, official transcript or official exam results must match the information in the Courses section. If it does not, your admission offer will be rescinded. 
    • All semester, trimester, or quarter grades must be listed in the Courses section. Do not average grades.
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  3. 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.
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  4. 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.
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  5. 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.
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  6. 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 have taken prior to enrolling at Illinois.
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  7. 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 may use your current high school's transcript to complete the Courses section. You will need to list all high schools attended separately.
    • If your current high school does not 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 have transferred from an international high school to a U.S. high school, enter all international coursework as it appears on your international transcript/grade report. If you decide to enroll at Illinois, you will need to send official transcripts from all international schools you have attended in addition to your current U.S. high school transcript.
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  8. How do I enter my external exam results (O levels, Indian Standard X exams, GCSE, IGCSE, HKCEE, etc.)?
    • Create a high school record for the school that you were attending at the time the exams were taken and report your subjects/grades in that high school's record in the Courses section. You do not need to create high school records for the years in which exams were not taken; those courses/grades do not need to be reported in the Courses section.
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  9. 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 does not include a numerical to letter grading scale, enter your grades numerically in the Courses section. Do not enter a grading scale conversion in the Education section.
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  10. What should I do if my high school does not follow an A-F or a numerical grading scale?
    • Select "Other" as the type of grading scale in the Education section and enter a grading scale conversion, even if one does not appear on your transcript.
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  11. 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 yearlong courses. It is true that the course is only a semester, but it is worth a year of work.
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  12. What if I have taken the GED or do not 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 will need to send a copy of your GED score report to our office.
    • If you took the GED and did not complete any high school coursework, contact our office at admissions@illinois.edu to explain your situation and receive more details. You will need to send a copy of your GED score report to our office.
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  13. Can I make changes to my self-reported courses once they have been submitted?
    • Prior to submitting the application, you may save your progress and return to complete it or to make changes to it.
    • You cannot make any changes once the application is submitted. Review your entries carefully before submitting your application.
    • If you have an update to your senior year schedule or you find an error after submitting your application, complete the online Course Change form.
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  14. When do I submit my final transcripts?
    • If you are admitted and decide to enroll at Illinois, you will be required to submit final, official high school transcripts once you graduate. Do not send official transcripts at the time of application or after mid-year grades are received.
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