COVID-19 Updates

We're here to help guide you through the admissions process during this time. You can monitor this page for admissions-related updates as they become available. Our university is also providing continuous updates, including a series of videos detailing our campus response.

Fall 2020 Instruction Decision

The university has announced its decision for fall 2020 instruction. All new students with a university email address should have received an announcement message from campus leadership. This message also provided a helpful list of FAQs with more details related to fall instruction and other aspects of student life, including housing. The university will continue to be in contact with additional information as it becomes available. We're also here to help if you have any questions; please don't hesitate to email us or call us 217-333-0302.

Delaying Admission

Our delayed admission program allows newly admitted, degree-seeking students to defer the start of their education for one to two semesters due to U.S. military service, medical issues, and/or unforeseen events like COVID-19.

If you have questions about delaying admission, we encourage you to contact our office. You should only submit the request if you are certain that you cannot enroll for the fall semester, whether that is in person or online. Requests should be submitted no later than August 17.

If your delayed admission request is approved, you may not take classes at another college or university. A delay can only be requested for the same program to which you were admitted and can only be submitted if you accept your admission offer by our deadline.

Dates & Deadlines

Final High School Transcripts

We continue to request that final high school transcripts be sent to our office by our July 1 deadline. If your school is unable or unsure about getting us transcripts by the deadline, we ask that they email us and let us know when we should expect them.

Transfer College Transcripts

The deadline for new transfer students to submit final spring transcripts was June 15. If your transcript is arriving after the deadline, please email us with the anticipated arrival date.

Financial Aid

If your family's financial situation has changed significantly and you’ve already completed the 2020-2021 FAFSA, you may be able to provide updated financial information to our Office of Student Financial Aid. They will review your situation and determine if it will result in additional financial aid funding.

Please be aware that we do not negotiate financial aid or match offers from other colleges. You must be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen in order to receive financial aid.

Building Closure & Processes

Our building, the Office of Admissions and Records, is closed and currently not offering in-person visits. However, we're still working and available to answer all of your admissions questions! Feel free to email us at any time or call us at 217-333-0302 Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST.

Unfortunately, a few of our processes are unable to be done remotely. These are detailed below.

Postal Mail & Courier Packages

We are accepting and processing postal mail and courier packages on a weekly basis, so if you had documents sent through these methods, there may be a slight delay in matching the documents to your record. We continue to accept academic documents sent electronically through a vendor service, and those are processed on a daily basis.

You can check to see if we've received your materials by logging into your myIllini account and clicking on your submitted application. Please contact us if an item is marked as "not received" and it was requested over two weeks ago. Include the date you placed the transcript order and/or know it was sent as well as a tracking number if one is available.


We're now able to send electronic I-20s via email based on new guidance from the U.S. government. Please be assured that we welcome your enrollment. Continue to apply for these documents and submit all paperwork necessary for us to issue and send them to you as soon as possible.

Campus Visits

Campus visits have been suspended indefinitely. We're disappointed that we're unable to host you and your family at this time, but we offer many virtual options to help you learn more about us, our campus, and what life is like here. These options include information sessions, one-on-one meetings, meetings with academic programs, and student Q&As. You can also text us your questions!

New Student Registration

New Student Registration is now online. Rather than traveling to campus, you'll meet with an academic advisor and register for classes virtually. If you haven't yet signed up for a date, please do so now through your Admitted Student Checklist on myIllini.

Course Delivery & Grading Changes at Your Current School

We understand many high schools and colleges moved to online instruction, alternative grading processes, no final exams, or shortened semesters. We'll rely on the expertise of the previous high school or college when determining successful completion of academic credit and if high school graduation requirements have been met. Applicants won't be penalized for system process changes at their school. If the school decided to change the educational delivery method, including grading, this change won’t impact admission or the rescission of admission offers. We do, however, expect students to have completed all courses they listed on their application if they were able to. Students who were unable to complete any courses should contact our office.

Transferable college coursework articulated to Illinois courses fulfilling major, minor, or general education requirements taken during the spring and summer 2020 terms and graded using a pass/fail or credit/no-credit-type grading system will be applied to degree requirements. Illinois Articulation Initiative General Education Core Courses (IAI GECC) taken during the fall 2020 term and graded using pass/fail or credit/no-credit-type grading system will be applied to degree requirements.

Regardless of changes to course delivery or grading, we still expect students to pass their classes. Negative changes in academic performance in courses listed as in-progress on the application, such as failing one or more classes, will continue to be a reason for the university to rescind admission.



The requirement to report ACT and/or SAT scores for freshman applicants will be suspended for the 2021 application cycle. Freshman applicants will have the option to report scores if they choose. Lower-division transfer applicants will still be required to report ACT and/or SAT since they had access to take the exams while in high school.

AP Exams

CollegeBoard has announced a modification to their May 2020 exams that will allow students to test at home. They will be awarding students a grade for each of their registered AP exams on the normal 1-5 scale. Our credit policies will remain the same. Incoming students will also have the opportunity to take departmental proficiency exams.

British-Patterned Exams

Cambridge and other UK exam bodies have announced the cancellation of their May/June 2020 exams. This includes GCSE, IGCSE, O-Level, International AS, and A-Level. Students enrolled in one of these programs will still be awarded results and a certificate in the absence of the exams and will have the opportunity to receive credit through our policies. Incoming students will also have the opportunity to take departmental proficiency exams.

English Proficiency Exams

We accept the TOEFL iBT or IELTS exams. In addition, we are currently accepting the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition and IELTS Indicator exams during the pandemic as testing centers are closed. We do not accept other English proficiency exams, including Duolingo and TOEFL ITP Plus.

IB Exams

The International Baccalaureate (IB) program has announced its May 2020 exams are cancelled. Students enrolled in the Diploma Programme will still be awarded that credential in the absence of the exams and will have the opportunity to receive credit through our policies. Incoming students will also have the opportunity to take departmental proficiency exams.

Last Updated: July 13, 2020