How to Apply as a First-Year Applicant

1. Gather your application materials.

Before starting the application, be sure to have a copy of your high school transcript, all of your test score results, and a credit card if you plan to pay the application fee upon submission.

high school student applying on an iPad

2. Complete your application.

You'll provide your high school courses/grades and test scores, choose your major and an alternative program, write an essay, and list your extracurricular activities, honors, and awards. We'll also use your application to determine admission into campus honors programs and award merit-based scholarships.

Courses & Grades

List your high school courses and grades exactly as they appear on your transcript. We'll require an official transcript only if you enroll at UIUC.

Test Scores (if provided)

Enter your highest test scores or have them sent to us from the testing agency. We'll require official scores only if you enroll at UIUC.

  • ACT Code: 1154
  • SAT I Code: 1836
  • TOEFL Code: 1836

IELTS scores should be sent electronically via your testing center to the following account name: University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Undergraduate.


Enter your highest test scores for the ACT composite and/or the SAT total without super-scoring, along with the highest sub-scores you earned in each category regardless of test date. We don't require or use the ACT writing test or the SAT essay.


Depending on whether or not you report ACT or SAT scores, a TOEFL or IELTS may be required. If you're including these scores, you should report your highest TOEFL (do not use MyBest score) or IELTS score and highest sub-scores, regardless of test date. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve extended our testing options to also accept the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition and IELTS Indicator.

3. Pay the application fee.

When you submit the application, you'll pay a nonrefundable fee by credit card. If you're a domestic student who qualifies for a fee waiver, your guidance counselor must submit our fee waiver form. We must receive a fee or fee waiver form by our deadlines for your application to be considered complete.

  • Domestic Fee: $50
  • International Fee: $75

4. See if you have further application requirements.

Depending on the major you're applying to, you may have a few more things to do.

International Applicants

You should also be aware of some additional requirements.

Art + Design Applicants

You will also need to submit a portfolio. More information is available through the School of Art and Design or by calling 217-333-6632.

Dance Applicants

You will also need to complete an audition. More information is available through the Department of Dance or by calling 217-333-1010.

Music Applicants

You will also need to complete a music application and audition or interview. More information is available through the School of Music or by calling 217-244-7899.

Theatre Applicants

You will also need to interview and complete an audition or portfolio review. More information is available through the Department of Theatre or by calling 217-333-2371.

5. Check your status.

Once you’ve submitted your application, check its status by clicking on your application in myIllini. If you applied through the Coalition Application and already have a myIllini account, you can use that existing account to view your status. If you didn’t have a myIllini account, we'll create one for you and you'll receive an email a few days after submitting the Coalition Application with instructions on how to access your myIllini account.