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.

Campus Response

The Illini family is privileged to include some of the world’s leading minds on COVID-19 safety, testing, and procedures. Read about the many measures that have been put into place to maximize everyone's safety.

Building Hours

Our building, the Office of Admissions and Records, is currently closed to the public. However, we're still working and available to answer all of your admissions questions! Feel free to email us any time or call us at 217-333-0302 Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST.

Campus Visits

To ensure the health and safety of our campus community, we ask that prospective students refrain from visiting us in person at this time. We're taking many measures to keep our students safe and help reduce the number of possible exposures. Therefore, any campus visitors won't have physical access to buildings, faculty, or staff. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time, and we look forward to hosting you in person once it's safe to do so!

In the meantime, you can learn more about us and our campus through our virtual visit options. These include a variety of virtual tours, admissions information sessions and one-on-one meetings, meetings with academic programs, glimpses into the student experience, and more.

Dates & Deadlines (Freshmen)

Our freshman early action deadline has been pushed back to November 15. We are also suspending our early action notification to allow applicants additional time to potentially retest and to provide a thorough holistic review. All students will be notified with a decision in mid-February.

Test Optional (Freshmen)

We will not require students applying for fall 2021 freshman admission to submit SAT or ACT test results since the COVID-19 pandemic has limited their opportunities to take the exams. Review our freshman applicant FAQ for more details.

Course Delivery & Grading Changes at Your School

We'll rely on the expertise of the high school or previous 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.

Transferable college coursework completed during the spring, summer, and fall 2020 terms that is articulated to UIUC courses fulfilling major, minor, or general education requirements and graded using a pass/fail or credit/no-credit-type grading system will be applied to degree requirements if a pass or credit-type grade is earned.

I-20 Guidance for Spring 2021 Term

Initial I-20 Students

Whether you enrolled remotely for fall 2020, delayed your admission to spring 2021, or are a new admit for spring 2021, you should have received an updated I-20 with a spring start date. We hope you are able to join us on campus for the spring term. If not and you enroll remotely for the spring 2021 term, we will provide further information concerning your fall 2021 I-20 sometime after the spring term begins.

SEVIS Transfer Students

Traveling to UIUC to Start the Spring Term on Campus

Contact our office if you haven't done so already to confirm your plans. We will submit a datafix to SEVP for your I-20. If available, email us a PDF of your confirmed travel itinerary.

Continuing to Enroll Remotely for Spring 2021 & Planning to Arrive for Fall 2021

We will contact you again after the spring term begins about the process for securing an I-20 for fall 2021.


If you've made other plans for the spring semester, please contact our office so that we can work with you if you need to take any additional steps.

Last Updated: December 21, 2020