COVID-19 Updates

We're here to help guide you through the admissions process during this time. You can continue to monitor this page for admissions-related updates as they become available. Our campus is also providing general updates and resources as needed. Our thoughts are with everyone affected, and we hope you stay safe.

Building Closure & Processes

Our building is closed, but we're still here to help!

Due to the State of Illinois’ Stay at Home directive, Office of Undergraduate Admissions staff are unable to work on campus. Our building, the Office of Admissions and Records, is closed and no longer 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're unable to accept postal mail or courier packages at this time. If you had documents sent through such means recently, we'll have access to the mail once we're able to return to our building. Deadlines will be extended if a document was sent to fulfill an application requirement during this time. If you need to send a document (especially high school or college transcripts) to our office, try to do so electronically through a vendor service. If an electronic vendor isn't an option, send materials to Note that academic records need to be sent directly from a school official that we can verify.

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" if it was requested over two weeks ago through an electronic vendor or if it was sent through postal mail prior to our building's closure. Include the date you placed the transcript order and/or know it was sent.

I-20s & DS-2019s

We're now able to send electronic I-20s via email based on new guidance from the U.S. government. However, we're unable to issue DS-2019s at this time since those require physical documents being mailed or picked up from our building. We'll resume the issuance of DS-2019s as soon as we're able to return to our building. 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.

Notice of Admission Packages

We're unable to send Notice of Admission packages at this time. If you're admitted during this timeframe, you'll receive an email notification of your admission. You'll also have access to your Admitted Checklist in myIllini. A link to a PDF version of your Notice of Admission letter will be available at the bottom of your checklist under "Additional Information." Once we can return to our building, Notice of Admission packets will be sent to admits with permanent addresses in the United States.

Dates & Deadlines

May 1 Deadline for New Freshmen

We will maintain our May 1 deadline for admitted new freshmen to accept their offer of admission for the Fall 2020 semester. If you and your family need more time to make a decision, please email us to request an extension.

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. If you're enrolling in the summer term, the deadline is June 1.

Transfer College Transcripts

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

Campus Visits

Campus visits may be canceled, but you can still visit us virtually!

All 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.

New Student Registration

New Student Registration is going online. Rather than traveling to campus, you'll meet with an academic advisor and register for classes virtually.

We're currently working to move each of our New Student Registration programs to our online format. If you've already signed up for a program, we'll do our very best to accommodate you on your original date. We'll be in touch very soon to confirm this with you or find another option that fits your schedule. If you haven't signed up for a program yet, we'll reach out to you when sign-ups begin again in early April.

Course Delivery & Grading Changes at Your Current School

We understand many high schools and colleges have 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 decides to change the educational delivery method, including grading, this change won’t impact admission or the rescission of admission offers.

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.



At this time, we are not planning any changes to our expectations of applicants to submit ACT/SAT scores for admission for the Fall 2020 or Fall 2021 cycles. The Illinois State Board of Education is working with CollegeBoard to hold the SAT school exam in the fall for seniors.

AP Exams

CollegeBoard has announced updates to the administration of AP exams. We do not anticipate any changes to our credit policies based on the in-home administration of the 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 & A-Level. Until we receive more information from the UK exam bodies, we do not know how this may impact high school completion for admitted freshmen.

English Proficiency Exams

We accept the TOEFL or IELTS exams. We do not accept other English proficiency exams, including Duolingo.

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. The scores will not be based on the exams, though. Instead, they will be based on an external review of the internal assessments for each subject which would normally have an exam. Incoming students will also have the opportunity to take departmental proficiency exams.

Last Updated: April 2, 2020