Decisions: What do they mean?

When it comes time to hear back from us after you’ve applied, it’s important to understand what our different decisions mean.

Admitted

You’ve been invited to join the UIUC family! You can view next steps in your admitted checklist in myIllini.

If the program you were admitted to wasn’t your first choice, know that we strongly considered you for it. We didn’t have room for all qualified applicants, however, and so offered you admission to an alternate program instead (in some cases, your second choice). You’re also considered wait listed for your first choice. If space becomes available in your first-choice major later on, we’ll let you know even if you’ve declined your alternate offer.

If you’re interested in transferring to another program after enrolling at UIUC, we recommend you work with your academic advisor to learn the requirements and timeline needed to eventually enter that program.

Wait Listed

Because UIUC receives so many more applications from highly qualified and capable students than there are available positions in the entering class, some students we’re very interested in receive an offer to join our wait list. Once we know how many students have accepted our initial offer of admission, we’ll use the wait list to fill remaining spots in the class.

The wait list isn’t ranked; our selection of students is based on a variety of factors and remaining needs for the class. Our commitment to holistic review will continue as we select students from the wait list in order to balance and complete our freshman class.

Denied

You haven’t been selected for admission to UIUC at this time. Please see our denied freshman FAQ for more information. We do encourage you to explore UIUC as an option for transfer after completing 30 transferable credits at a different institution. To learn more, see our Transfer Handbook.

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