How to Apply as a Freshman 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 Illinois.

Test Scores

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

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

ACT/SAT

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. You don't have to take the essay portion of the SAT. You also don't have to take the writing portion of the ACT unless you're applying to a teaching licensure program.

TOEFL/IELTS

You need to demonstrate a command of the English language. If your first language isn’t English or you’re attending high school in a non-English-speaking country, you should report your highest TOEFL or IELTS score and highest sub-scores, regardless of test date.

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

Music Applicants

You 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 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.

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