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.

Fall 2021 Campus Experience

The university is excited to be planning for an on-campus, residential experience in the fall of 2021. The vast majority of our courses will be taught face-to-face, while still observing COVID-19 safety protocols. Additionally, we are leveraging instructional innovations implemented over the past year to enhance academic opportunities for all UIUC students.

Campus Visits

To ensure the health and safety of our campus community, we ask that 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.

Test Optional (Freshmen)

We will not require high school students applying for admission in the 2022-23 and 2023-24 academic years to submit SAT or ACT test results since the COVID-19 pandemic has limited their opportunities to take the exams. A TOEFL or IELTS score may be required. 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 and spring 2021 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 Fall 2021 Term

Initial I-20 Students

New Admits for Fall 2021, Including Delayed Admits From an Earlier Term

Once you accept your offer of admission, you will need to submit your I-20 application through your Admitted Checklist, found in myIlini.

Remote Enrolled for 2020-21 Academic Year & Never Checked In With ISSS

If you were issued an I-20 for Fall 2020 or Spring 2021, we will defer the program start date on your existing I-20 to Fall 2021. Updated I-20s will be emailed to your illinois.edu email address by mid-March. If you haven’t received an updated I-20 by March 15, or if you did not receive an I-20 for Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 but will need one for Fall 2021, contact our office.

SEVIS Transfer Students

New Admits for Fall 2021, Including Delayed Admits From an Earlier Term

Once you accept your offer of admission, you will need to submit your I-20 application through your Admitted Checklist, found in myIlini. If you were a previous delayed admit, we will need to issue a new I-20, which will require a new SEVIS fee. You must also reach out to your previous institution to have your record retrieved.

Remote Enrolled for 2020-21 Academic Year & Never Checked In With ISSS

We will need to await guidance from SEVP as to the status of your I-20. Please be aware that we may not receive such guidance until late July.

Remote Options for Fall 2021 Term

If you're unable to travel to campus for Fall 2021, don't worry, you have options!

Online Courses

You can register to take online courses in the fall. During your New Student Registration appointment, you will work with an advisor to schedule these courses. Please note, though, that we cannot guarantee you will have a full-time schedule.

Academic Bridge Programs

UIUC is exploring Academic Bridge programs at partner universities. Students in these programs will remain registered and enrolled as UIUC students and will still have access to UIUC resources to actively support them throughout the Fall 2021 semester. If any Academic Bridge programs are available in your country and you are eligible, you will be sent an invitation to participate once more information is available.

Delay of Admission

You can also request to delay the start of your attendance at UIUC for up to two semesters. The delayed admission request form can be found in myIllini. If you're unsure whether this is the right path for you right now, accept your offer of admission by May 1 to secure a place in our class. Then, if you find you're unable to obtain a visa on time, no Academic Bridge programs are available, or there are not enough online courses for your major, you will be able to request a delay of admission later this summer.

Last Updated: April 20, 2021

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