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Application Checklist

You will need to have several types of information available as you complete the Graduate College application for admission. Below is a quick checklist to see if you have everything you need before you get started. For more detailed information, please see the application instructions.

Personal Information

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If you attended the University of Illinois before, it is helpful to have your UIN, and you need to know the last term you attended.

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You need to know where and when you were born.

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Go to http://www.grad.illinois.edu/admissions/instructions/02b if you are not sure of your citizenship status.

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If you are a domestic student, you will be asked to provide your SSN (this information is not required, but helps speed up the application process).

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If you are a resident alien, you will need resident alien number. In addition, your lawful Permanent Resident card ('Green Card'), Letter of Approval Notice from USCIS, or a copy of the Personal Information page from your passport as well as your Permanent Resident stamp should be uploaded directly to the online application.

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If you are an international student, a copy of your passport will need to be uploaded directly to the online application. In addition, if you are currently on a non-student visa and plan to remain on this visa during your studies at Illinois, you will need a copy of your current visa to be uploaded directly to the online application.

Contact Information

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Permanent address and phone number

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Current address and phone number

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Email that will be active at least until an acceptance decision is made.

What Graduate Program of Study are You Applying To?

You will need to know:

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The proposed program's contact information

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The degree name

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The deadline for applying to the program

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Your chosen field of specialization within that department

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Visit the departmental Web page to see if the program requires any additional information or samples of your work (writing sample, portfolio, etc.)

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Find out what exam scores are required by the program (GRE, MCAT, TOEFL, etc.). You will need to be sure that official scores are sent to the University of Illinois from the testing agency. (For ETS our school code is 1836.)

Educational Institution Information

Filling out the application will be much easier if you have a copy of your transcript from each institute of higher education you have attended. You will need to know:

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Month and year started and month and year ended

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Name of the degree awarded and when

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Overall and major GPAs

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Major area and name of any completed minors

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You will need to upload your transcripts (and diplomas / certificates of degrees if your degree has been awarded and is not listed on your transcript) directly to the online application for each post-secondary institution you have attended. Please see the Transcripts/Educational Credentials sections within the application instructions for important information.

Test Information

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You can enter test scores and other testing information into the application if you have the score sheets when you fill out the application.

Statements

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The application will ask you to upload an up-to-date resume.

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Most departments require a statement of purpose or personal statement.

Recommendations

You will need the following information for at least three references:

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Name

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Address

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Title

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Email

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Phone

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Employer

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Note: these recommenders will be required to submit letters of recommendation online.

Credit Card Information

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You will need to have a credit card in order to submit the application fee. If you are a University of Illinois employee (Academic Professional, Civil Service, or Faculty only), or a fee waiver recipient (McNair Scholar, Project 1000, CIC Free App) be sure to choose the correct waiver type in the drop down on the application.

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