Application Instructions

I. Before You Begin

Contact Information

Your proposed program of study is best able to advise you throughout your application process. Their contact information can be found at: www.grad.illinois.edu/admissions/depts/index

Individuals with Disabilities: For alternative formats of these or other application documents, please contact our office at 217-244-4637 or the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services at 217-333-1970 V/TTY.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions for Applicants
- http://www.grad.illinois.edu/admission-faqs

Individuals with Disabilities

Campus facilities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are among the most accessible in the nation for disabled persons, and applications from persons with disabilities are always welcomed. For alternative formats of these or other application documents, please contact our office at 217-244-4637 or the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) at 1207 South Oak Street, Champaign, IL 61820, phone: (217) 333-1970 (V/TDD). DRES coordinates services for all U of I students with disabilities.

Indictment or Conviction of a Crime

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is committed to maintaining a safe environment for all members of the University community. As part of this commitment, the University requires applicants who are under current indictment or have been convicted of a crime (other than a routine traffic offense or in a juvenile proceeding) to disclose this information as a mandatory step in the application process. A previous conviction of current indictment does not automatically bar admission to the University, but does require review. Complete information must be sent by certified mail at the time of application for admission to: Review Committee, 300 Turner Student Services Building, 610 East John Street, Champaign, Illinois 61820 USA. Applicants are responsible for verifying receipt by the University and for maintaining a copy of the receipt certifying submission. Information to be submitted includes a brief explanation, location (city, state, country) of conviction or current indictment, dates, and court disposition, in English. This statement must include a grant of permission to the University for complete access to criminal records, if any. For further information on this requirement, call (217) 333-0050.

Equal Opportunity Policy

The commitment of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois) to the most fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity requires that decisions involving students and employees be based on merit and be free from invidious discrimination in all its forms. It is the policy of the University not to engage in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, disability, national origin, citizenship status, ancestry, age, order of protection status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation including gender identity, arrest record status, unfavorable discharge from the military, or status as a protected veteran and to comply with all federal and state nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, and affirmative action laws, orders, and regulations.  This nondiscrimination policy applies to admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs and activities.  The official nondiscrimination policy may be found at http://cam.illinois.edu/ix/ix-b/ix-b-1.htm
 
This policy and the associated procedures are established to provide a means to address complaints of discrimination or harassment based on the protected categories described herein. Individuals who believe that a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign employee has subjected them to discrimination or harassment in violation of this policy should contact: Director at the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Access at diversity@illinois.edu or (217) 333-0885. 

Important Application Materials

Application Checklist

The Application Checklist provides you with a checklist of the different types of information you will need to have available as you complete the Graduate College application for admission.

 

II. Applying to the Graduate College

Minimum Requirements

The Graduate College minimum requirements for full status admission are listed below:

  • Applicants with at least a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college in the United States or a comparable degree from a recognized institution of higher learning abroad. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (A=4.0), or comparable GPA for an international applicant, for last two years of undergraduate study is a minimum requirement for admission. If your undergraduate study is longer than 4 years, additional semesters may be used to calculate the admission GPA.
  • Applicants enrolled in the final year of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college in the United States or a or comparable degree program from a recognized institution of higher learning abroad, and who meet the GPA requirements stated above.
  • International applicants must meet minimum requirements based on their country of origin. Please note that proposed programs of study may require a higher GPA than the Graduate College's minimum standard.
  • English proficiency must also be demonstrated. Please review our English Proficiency requirements page for more detailed information.

Important: Your proposed program of study may have additional minimum requirements for admission into their academic programs. It is important to review their website for program admission requirement information.

Defining Applicants as International or Domestic

The non-refundable application fee amount is determined by your citizenship and/or visa status. Payment may be made online via credit card. Your application cannot be review until the application fee has been processed. You will be prompted to pay your application fee after submitting your online application. If the application fee is not paid within 3 weeks, your application will be unsubmitted.

Domestic Applicants

Domestic applicants are citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States, or have been granted Asylee, Refugee or Paroled in the Public Interest status by the United States government. Domestic applicants are required to submit a $70.00 application fee. Lawful Permanent Residents are also required to upload a copy of their Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) directly to the online application. If you have submitted an application, but have not yet been approved for United States Permanent Residency, please see the instructions for International applicants in the next section.

International Applicants

International applicants are citizens or permanent residents of a country to which they intend to return other than the United States. International applicants may be in the United States on an educational, worker or visitor visa, or be residing in their home country. International applicants are required to submit a $90.00 application fee by credit card. International applicants who are requesting F-1 or J-1 visa eligibility documents are also required to provide evidence of financial support.

Please note: International applicants who have filed an application for United States Permanent Residency, but have not yet been granted approval, are considered International applicants and are required to submit a $90.00 application fee (effective with 2011 applications) but are not required to provide financial documentation. The applicants should choose the "Adjusted in Status" citizenship type and upload a copy of the Application Receipt notice from USCIS directly to the online application.

Note

Certain domestic applicants (University of Illinois Civil Service Staff, Academic Professionals, Faculty, Employees of Allied Agencies, SROP Participants, or applicants to designated programs, such as Project 1000, McNair Scholars, Big Ten Academic Alliance FreeApp) may be eligible for an application fee waiver or exemption. If you are eligible for a fee waiver, choose the appropriate waiver in the "Application Information" section of the online application. Unfortunately, unless the applicant is covered by one of the waivers described above, the application fee will not be waived.

 

Applying to Multiple Programs

Applicants who wish to be considered for admission to multiple programs of study should submit multiple applications, application fees, and appropriate supporting materials to each program of study office. You will only need to create one online application account and can add multiple applications to this account. Students may be enrolled in only one program of study at a time, unless enrolled in an approved joint program of study.

Please note that your application may be considered for multiple programs if your application is not selected for admission by your original proposed program. However, many departments require an additional application to be submitted before reviewing for additional programs. 

 

Joint Programs of Study

How to Apply to a Joint Program within the Graduate College

If applying to a joint degree program for admission, you will be required to submit two online graduate applications. Each application has program-specific application questions and upload requirements, so an individual application is required. In the online application, you will be able to select a Primary Program and a Secondary Program. You'll need to submit one application with Program A as your Primary Program, and another application Program B as your Primary Program.

You application will be viewed by both academic programs and you only need to pay one application fee. When submitting your second application, please indicate "Joint Program 2nd Application" in the Allied Agency field in the Application Fee Waiver section on the Program page.

For a complete list of joint programs available to applicants, please visit our Academic Catalog.

How to Apply to a Joint Program with the College of Law

 
If applying to a joint degree program with the College of Law's JD program for admission, you will be required to submit one graduate online application and another separate application for the College of Law through http://www.law.illinois.edu or www.lsac.org.
 
For instructions regarding College of Law acceptance for this joint program, please visit the College of Law website for more information.

Applying to Online and Site-Based Programs

Many graduate programs are offered completely online or in a format of online with some campus visits required. Some programs are offered at site-based locations throughout Illinois. Click here for a list of online and site-based programs.

International Students
I-20s will not be issued to international students admitted to online programs. International students may only enroll in online programs at the University of Illinois if they maintain a non-student visa status that allows for study, or if the student plans to remain in his/her home country for the duration of the online program.

III. Domestic Applicants

Personal Information

The Personal Information page asks your typical biographic and demographic data. And if you have been affiliated with the University previously as an employee, or an undergraduate or non-degree student, having your University ID Number (UIN) is helpful.

Required Information:

  • Full Legal Name
  • Permanent and Mailing Addresses
  • Email Address
  • Birth Date
  • Gender
  • Native Language
  • Country of Citizenship
  • U.S. Permanent Resident Status 

voluntary INFORMATION:

    • Social Security Number
    • Race and Ethnicity Identification

    Residency Information

    The Residency Information page asks information regarding your birth place and legal state of residence.

    REQUIRED INFORMATION:

    • Birth Place
    • Legal State of Residence Information
    • Lawful Permanent Residents will be expected to upload a copy of their green card

    VOLUNTARY INFORMATION:

      • U.S. Veteran Information

      ASYLEE, PAROLED IN PUBLIC INTEREST, REFUGEE STATUS

      • You will be asked to indicate a visa eligibility document that you need; please select None and find your appropriate status option.
      • If you have been granted one of these statuses, you will need to upload documentation of this status. You will then be classified as a domestic student and be prompted to answer questions regarding your legal state of residence.

      Program

      The Proposed Program Information page allows you to pick the program and term you are applying for, as well as answer program-specific questions and information about application fee waivers.

      PREVIOUS UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AFFILIATION:

      • If you have previously been an applicant, student, or employee of the University of Illinois, please be prepared to provide your previously issued University ID Number (UIN).

      PROposed program of study:

      • You will be asked to pick your Proposed Program (department), Degree, Field of Specialization, and Desired Term of Enrollment.
      • We recommend reviewing the Programs of Study, along with the proposed program of study website, to review the admissions and degree requirements of the degree for which you are applying.
      • Deadline Information: Once an application deadline has passed for a specific term, that term will no longer display.
      • Check with your proposed program of study office for application deadlines. You may be asked to indicate any faculty members you are interested in working with during your studies at Illinois.
      • Some programs will have additional program-specific questions on this page. If you have any questions about these program-specific questions, please contact your proposed program of study.
      • Please note that some departments may consider your application for multiple programs if your application is not selected for admission by your original proposed program. However, many departments require an additional application to be submitted before reviewing for additional programs. See our Applying for Multiple Programs instructions for more information.

      APPLICATION FEE WAIVERS:

      The following domestic applicants are eligible for an application fee waiver or exemption and can indicate so on the online application:
       

      University of Illinois Employees:
      This includes Civil Service Staff, Academic Professionals, and Faculty only. Academic Hourly and Student Employee positions do not qualify for an application fee waiver.

      Illinois Promise (I-Promise) Scholars:
      I-Promise Scholars are eligible for application fee waivers when applying to a graduate program. Please indicate your I-Promise Scholar designation in this section of the online application.
       
      FreeApp Applicants:
      For more information on this program and to submit your FreeApp application, please visit http://www.grad.illinois.edu/freeapp. FreeApp is designed to increase access to graduate education for students who possess qualities and experiences that enhance the diversity of the intellectual, cultural, and social environments at Big Ten Academic Alliance universities. As long as you have submitted your FreeApp application and indicated interest in Illinois prior to submitting your online application to Illinois, we will approve your fee waiver. The Big Ten Academic Alliance sends us a list of all applicants who complete the FreeApp application and indicate interest in Illinois, so no additional documentation is needed. FreeApp is open to students from across the United States who meet the criteria listed at http://www.grad.illinois.edu/freeapp, and applicants are not required to have previously studied at a Big Ten university.
       
      SROP Participants:
      If you have participated in an SROP (Summer Research Opportunities Program) at the University of Illinois or another institution in the United States, you may qualify for an application fee waiver. You will be prompted to upload documentation of your SROP participation on this page. This documentation is required prior to submitting your application
       
      Project 1000 Applicants:
      For more information on this program and to submit your Project 1000 application, please visit http://mati.eas.asu.edu/p1000/As long as you have submitted your Project 1000 Application and indicate interest in Illinois prior to submitting your online application to Illinois, we will approve your fee waiver. Project 1000 sends us all application materials for those who complete the Project 1000 application and indicate interest in Illinois, so no additional documentation is needed.
       
      McNair Scholars:
      If you are a current McNair Scholar, please ask your current institution to provide you with a letter of proof of your McNair status that you can upload to your online application. This documentation will be required before you can submit your application. For more information about the McNair Scholar program, please visit http://www.omsa.illinois.edu/programs/TRIO/mcnair/.  
       
      United States Military Service
      If you have previously or are currently serving in the United States Military, you are eligible for an application fee waiver. You will be prompted to upload documentation of your service on this page. This documentation is required prior to submitting your application.
       
      Allied Agencies Applicants:
      If you are affiliated with one of our allied agencies, you may indicate your allied agency in this section. You will be prompted to upload documentation of your affiliation with this allied agency on this page. This documentation is required prior to submitting your application. Your fee waiver request will be reviewed for approval after submission of your application.
       
      Unfortunately, unless you are covered by one of the waivers described above, the application fee will not be waived.
       
       

      Academic History

      The Academic History page of the online application requires you to provide detailed information about all post-secondary institutions you have attended.

       For each institution, you will need to provide the following information:

      • Institution Name and Address Information
      • Degree Received or Expected
      • Attendance and Degree Dates
      • Academic Major
      • Grade Point Average 

      If you received multiple degrees from an institution, you will need to list this institution out multiple times. For example, if you received a bachelor's and master's degree from an institution, you will need to list this institution twice in order to provide information about both earned degrees.

      Please note that you will be required to upload your transcripts for each institution you have attended. English translations should also be uploaded if the credentials are not in English. Please review our Uploading Credentials page for more detailed instructions on academic credential upload requirements.

      Important: All credentials uploaded to the online application are considered unofficial. You will be asked to submit official credentials (transcripts, academic records, diplomas, certificates of degrees, etc.) only if you are admitted. These must be submitted during your first term of enrollment at the University of Illinois.

      Uploading Credentials

      Uploading Application Materials

      Below are some tips for uploading any material in your online application:

      Instructions for Uploading All Documents:

      • Resolution: Please obtain an electronic version or scan a copy of the credentials at the lowest resolution that results in a legible document (we recommend using under 200 dpi whenever possible). Scanning in "gray scale" or black and white may produce the best results.
      • File Type: Please be certain that your document is saved as a PDF file or Word document.  
      • Legibility: To ensure that your name and other identifying marks are not missed during the scanning process, make sure your scanned copy is clearly legible and can print on letter size paper - 8.5 by 11 in (21.5 by 30 cm).
      • Multiple upload buttons will be available if needed. Once you upload one document, you will be prompted to upload another document if applicable.
      • Viewing Uploaded Documents: Once you have uploaded the document into the online application, you will be able to click the "view document" button to verify whether the uploaded document is legible. If it is not legible, then try again. (NOTE: The system automatically converts your uploaded document into a standard PDF file.)
      • All Required Documents Must Be Uploaded: Even if you have previously mailed in paper documents, you must still upload an electronic version.

      Academic Credentials (Transcripts, Certificates of Degrees):

      • Identifying Information: The uploaded document must include your name and the institution name.
      • Transcript Legends: Include a copy of the transcript legend or university key (back page in most cases) for each institution.
      • United States Institutions: Transcripts are required to be uploaded.
      • International Institutions (you have been awarded a degree): English and native language transcripts and certificates of degree are required to be uploaded.
      • International Institutions (you have not yet been awarded a degree): English and native language transcripts are required to be uploaded.
      • Official Academic Credentials: All credentials uploaded to the online application are considered unofficial. You will only be asked to submit official or attested credentials (transcripts, academic records, diplomas, certificates of degrees, etc) in a sealed envelope, with a certification stamp across the seal if you are admitted. These must be submitted during your first term of enrollment at the University of Illinois.

      The University of Illinois reserves the right to require official credentials at any time during the admissions process, and rescind any offer of admission made if discrepancies between unofficial and official credentials are found.

       

      Test Scores

      The Test Scores page is where you should list the scores of any relevant test(s) you have taken, such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).

      These tests are not required for admission to the Graduate College, but they may be required for admission to your proposed program of study; therefore, it is important to contact your proposed program of study office for specific requirements.

      Important: The scores reported in this section are considered unofficial; you must request the official score to be sent to the University from the organization administering the test – our institution code number is 1836. You may also be asked to select a department code; please select the code that best matches your proposed program of study, but please note that it does not matter which department code you choose, as scores sent to the University will be accessible by all programs.

       

      Resume and Statements

      Your online application will include sections for additional required uploads:
      • Most graduate programs require a resume or curriculum vitae.
      • Most graduate programs require a statement of purpose or personal statement.
      • Some programs require other various statements such as a writing sample, research statement, or specific program essay. These requirements will be outlined in the online application, but you should visit your proposed program of study's web site to prepare these documents. 

      IV. International Applicants

      Personal Information

      The Personal Information page of the online application asks your typical biographic and demographic data.

      Required Information (this information should directly match your passport):

      • Full Legal Name
      • Permanent and Mailing Addresses
      • Email Address
      • Birth Date
      • Gender
      • Native Language
      • Country of Citizenship

      Residency Information

      The Residency Information page allows you to indicate your visa eligibility document request and provide information regarding your citizenship and visa status.

      If Requesting an i-20 or ds-2019

      You will need to indicate if you need an intial, change of level, transfer, or change of status visa eligibility document.

      • Initial documents are appropriate for students arriving in the US from outside the country for purposes of attending Illinois.
      • Change of Level documents are appropriate for current Illinois students changing from an undergraduate program to a graduate program.
      • Transfer documents are for students currently attending or are on practical training at another institution in the US and will not have had longer than a 5 month break between enrollment/training. You will be prompted to provide your current SEVIS number and the name of the institution that issued your current I-20 or DS-2019.
      • Change of Status documents are appropriate for students currently in the US on a non-student visa wishing to change status to an F-1 student visa. You will be prompted to provide your current visa type and asked whether or not you will be leaving the country before your program begins and enter with an initial I-20, or if you plan to stay in the US and file your change of status within the US.

      You will be asked if you need any dependent I-20s/DS-2019s.

      • If yes, you will be prompted to upload a copy of each dependent's passport. Please note this can be provided at a later time if it is not available at the time of application.
      • For each dependent, you will need to provide their full legal name, gender, relationship to you (spouse or child), birth city and country, as well as country of citizenship and country of legal permanent residence.

      You will be asked to upload a copy of your passport and proof of funding documentation.

      • Passports and proof of funding documentation are required for all students requesting an I-20 or DS-2019. Please review our Evidence of Financial Resources page for more detailed instructions on proof of funding requirements. 
      • If you do not have a passport or proof of funding documentation available, you may provide this at a later time. However, these documents will be required before we can issue an I-20 or DS-2019. 

      online program applicants

      • If you are applying to an online program and will not enter the US, you can indicate this and we need no further visa status information. However, if you will be in the US for your program, you will need to show proof of non-student visa status. Please see the information for current visa holders below.

      remaining on a non-student visa

      • If you are currently in the US on a non-student visa (such as an H-1 work visa) and are planning to remain on this visa for the duration of your studies at Illinois, you will need to indicate your current visa type.
      • In addition, you will need to upload a copy of your current visa.

      Sponsored J-1 students

      • If another organization, such as IIE Fulbright or LASPAU, will be issuing your DS-2019, you will need to provide us with the name of this organization and upload a copy of your award letter.

      asylee, paroled in public interest, refugee status

      • If you have been granted one of these statuses, you will need to upload documentation of this status. You will then be classified as a domestic student and be prompted to answer questions regarding your legal state of residence in the US in the Residency Information section of this page.

      residency information

      • You will need to provide your birth city and birth country, and country of legal permanent residence. 

      Evidence of Financial Resources

      funding requirements:

      All international applicants requesting visa eligibility documents (I-20 or DS-2019) are required to demonstrate that they have adequate financial resources to cover the cost of their education while in the United States. Financial documentation is required as part of the application process in order for visa eligibility documents (I-20 or DS-2019) to the U.S. to be issued. International applicants should upload the following documentation directly to the online application.

      funding sources:

      FUNDING documentation - bank statements:

      • You must obtain a bank statement from your bank (web printouts are acceptable for online banking) showing the bank's letterhead or logo, and bank stamp or bank signature.
      • The statement must show sufficient funding for one year’s costs* (or amount of sponsorship for one year), must be dated within one year of submission, and must show funding in liquid accounts, such as savings, checking, money market accounts, or CDs.
      • Non-liquid funding such as stocks, bonds, auto/land deeds are not acceptable forms of financial support.
      • Solvency and opinion statements are not acceptable forms of financial support.

      FUNDING DOCUMENTATION - declaration and certification of finance forms:

      • The sponsor must sign and print his/her name and relationship to the student, and the form must be dated within one year of submission.
      • Signing this document verifies sponsorship for the full length and cost of the program.
      • The form is available in PDF format here.

      FUNDING DOCUMENTATION - letters of sponsorship:

      • You must obtain an official letter of sponsorship from the sponsor that includes a signature or stamp showing the authenticity of the letter.
      • The letter must detail amounts and length of sponsorship and be dated within one year of submission.

      uploading funding documentation:

      • You are required to upload a copy of your all proof of funding documentation if requesting an I-20 or DS-2019. English translations should be included if the documentation is not in English.
      • Non-legible scans will not be accepted. 
      • Please do not mail or fax in a copy of this documentation which you have uploaded to your online application. Instead, use only the upload feature of our online application at this point. This saves you the time, effort, and expense of mailing financial documents to us during the initial processing and review of your application. It also avoids any delays resulting from the non-receipt of financial documents and assures you that your documents have been successfully submitted, since you can view them yourself online.
      • Please obtain an electronic version of your proof of financial documentation (bank statements, declaration forms, letters of sponsorship) or scan a copy of the document you may already have and that is current, at the lowest resolution that results in a legible document (we recommend to use under 200 dpi whenever possible.
      • You may upload an institutional web based bank statement as long as the financial institution has put your name on the statement.
      • You must ensure that your name, the financial institution name and other identifying marks are not missed during the scanning process and that your scanned copy is clearly legible and can print on letter size paper - 8.5 by 11 in (21.5 by 30 cm).
      • Please be certain that your document is saved as a PDF file or Word document. Scanning in “gray scale” or black and white may produce the best results.
      • If the scanned file is too large you may want to make a photocopy first (experiment with different settings until you find one that results in the smallest file size) then scan the photocopy. 

      The University of Illinois reserves the right to require official proof of funding documentation at any time during the admissions process.

      *Note that J-1 students will be required to show proof of funding (via bank statement) for the entire cost of the program (or the portion for which funds are being covered by personal or other individual sponsor funding).

      Visa Information

      The Certificate of Eligibility Form I-20 will be issued to admitted applicants who request and are eligible for an F-1 visa. F-1 students may not hold appointments that total more than 20 hours per week when school is in session, and full-time during vacation period provided the student intends to register in the following semester. Twelve months of optional practical training in a study program may be authorized. Dependents of F-1 students cannot be employed.

      A DS-2019 Form will be issued to admitted applicants who request and are eligible for a J-1 visa. Applicants sponsored by their governments, international foundations, or agencies, who receive at least 50 percent of their funding from any source other than personal or family funds, or who are part of a university exchange are eligible to receive this form. Entry into the U.S. is only for the total period of the study program as specified on the DS-2019. J-1 students may work on or off-campus only with written approval from their sponsor. Students may participate in up to 18 months of academic training and up to 36 months of post-doctoral training. Changing visa category is very difficult and may not be allowed. J-1 visa holders may be subject to a 2-year home country residence requirement. Dependents on J-2 visas may seek employment.

      A student may not enroll or pursue studies while on a B1/B2 or F-2 visa.

      A student may choose to enroll and pursue studies while on an H-1 visa or they may choose to change status to a student visa. However, please note that an H-1 visa holder cannot hold a graduate assistantship appointment. If you choose to remain on a non-student visa during your studies at Illinois, you will need to upload a copy of your U.S. visa in your online application.

      Information regarding the SEVIS I-901 Fee may be obtained from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website.

       

      Program

      The Proposed Program Information page allows you to pick the program and term you are applying for, as well as answer program-specific questions.

      PREVIOUS UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AFFILIATION:

      • If you have previously been an applicant, student, or employee of the University of Illinois, please be prepared to provide your previously issued University ID Number (UIN).

      PROPOSED PROGRAM OF STUDY:

      • You will be asked to pick your Proposed Program (department), Degree, Field of Specialization, and Desired Term of Enrollment.
      • We recommend reviewing the Programs of Study, along with the proposed program of study website, to review the admissions and degree requirements of the degree for which you are applying.
      • Deadline Information: Once an application deadline has passed for a specific term, that term will no longer display.
      • Check with your proposed program of study office for application deadlines. You may be asked to indicate any faculty members you are interested in working with during your studies at Illinois.
      • Some programs will have additional program-specific questions on this page. If you have any questions about these program-specific questions, please contact your proposed program of study.
      • Please note that some departments may consider your application for multiple programs if your application is not selected for admission by your original proposed program. However, many departments require an additional application to be submitted before reviewing for additional programs. See our Applying for Multiple Programs instructions for more information.

      Application Fee Waivers:

      International applicants are typically not eligible for application fee waivers unless coming under a valid exchange agreement.

      Academic History

      The Academic History page of the online application requires you to provide detailed information about all post-secondary institutions you have attended.

      For each institution, you will need to provide the following information:

      • Institution Name and Address Information
      • Degree Received or Expected
      • Attendance and Degree Dates
      • Academic Major
      • Grade Point Average
      If you received multiple degrees from an institution, you will need to list this institution out multiple times. For example, if you received a bachelor's and master's degree from an institution, you will need to list this institution twice in order to provide information about both earned degrees.
       
      Please note that you will be required to upload your transcripts for each institution you have attended. English translations should also be uploaded if the credentials are not in English. If your degree has been awarded and your degree information is not listed on your transcript, you will also need to upload a copy of your diploma or certificate of degree. Please review our Uploading Credentials page for more detailed instructions on academic credential upload requirements.
       
      Important: All credentials uploaded to the online application are considered unofficial. You will be asked to submit official credentials (transcripts, academic records, diplomas, certificates of degrees, etc.) only if you are admitted. These must be submitted during your first term of enrollment at the University of Illinois.

       

      Uploading Credentials

      Uploading Application Materials

      Below are some tips for uploading any material in your online application:

      instructions for uploading all documents:

      • Resolution: Please obtain an electronic version or scan a copy of the credentials at the lowest resolution that results in a legible document (we recommend using under 200 dpi whenever possible). Scanning in "gray scale" or black and white may produce the best results.

      • File Type: Please be certain that your document is saved as a PDF file or Word document.
      • Legibility: To ensure that your name and other identifying marks are not missed during the scanning process, make sure your scanned copy is clearly legible and can print on letter size paper - 8.5 by 11 in (21.5 by 30 cm).
      • Multiple upload buttons will be available if needed. Once you upload one document, you will be prompted to upload another document if applicable.
      • Viewing Uploaded Documents: Once you have uploaded the document into the online application, you will be able to click the "view document" button to verify whether the uploaded document is legible. If it is not legible, then try again. (NOTE: The system automatically converts your uploaded document into a standard PDF file.)
      • All Required Documents Must Be Uploaded: Even if you have previously mailed in paper documents, you must still upload an electronic version.

      Academic Credentials (Transcripts, Certificates of Degrees):

      • Identifying Information: The uploaded document must include your name and the institution name.
      • Transcript Legends: Include a copy of the transcript legend or university key (back page in most cases) for each institution.
      • United States Institutions: Transcripts are required to be uploaded.
      • International Institutions (you have been awarded a degree): English and native language transcripts and certificates of degree are required to be uploaded.
      • International Institutions (you have not yet been awarded a degree): English and native language transcripts are required to be uploaded.
      • Official Academic Credentials: All credentials uploaded to the online application are considered unofficial. You will only be asked to submit official or attested credentials (transcripts, academic records, diplomas, certificates of degrees, etc) in a sealed envelope, with a certification stamp across the seal if you are admitted. These must be submitted during your first term of enrollment at the University of Illinois.

      TOEFL AND IELTS Score Reports:

      • Identifying Information: The uploaded document must include your name and Test Registration or Report Form Numbers.

      Citizenship Status Documents:

      • United States Visa Holders: Please upload a copy of your U.S. visa and make sure your name and visa status information are legible.
      • Applicants Applying for US Permanent Residence: Please upload a copy of your Application Receipt Notice from USCIS for your application for US Permanent Residence, and make sure your name and form are legible.
      • Sponsored J-1 Applicants: If an outside organization is issuing your DS-2019, please upload your award letter from this organization, and make sure your name and the letter are legible.

      Passport and Proof of Funding Documents:

      • Passports: Please make sure to upload the main passport page that includes your full legal name, place of birth, and date of birth (usually the page with a picture).
      • Letters of Sponsorship / Declaration and Certification of Finance Forms: Please make sure your name and sponsor's name are clearly indicated and legible. Please make sure all documents include a signature or stamp showing the authenticity of the letter/form.
      • Bank Statements: Please make sure the bank name, account holder's name, and balance are listed on the statement, and are clearly legible.

      The University of Illinois reserves the right to require official credentials at any time during the admissions process, and rescind any offer of admission made if discrepancies between unofficial and official credentials are found.

       

      Test Scores

      The Test Scores page is where you should list the scores of any relevant test(s) you have taken, such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and the Inernational English Language Testing Service (IELTS).

      • GRE and GMAT tests are not required for admission to the Graduate College, but they may be required for admission to your proposed program of study; therefore, it is important to contact your proposed program of study office for specific requirements.
      • A TOEFL or IELTS score should also be reported on this page. Unlike the scores of the tests listed above, these scores are required for admission to the Graduate College for non-native English speakers. The minimum scores for the English proficiency requirement can be found on our website. Some international applicants may be exempt from providing these scores, and these waivers are also detailed here.
      • If you self-report a TOEFL and/or IELTS test score, you will be encouraged to upload a copy of your score report.
       
      Important: The scores reported in this section are considered unofficial; you must request the official score to be sent to the University from the organization administering the testour institution code number is 1836. You may also be asked to select a department code; please select the code that best matches your proposed program of study, but please note that it does not matter which department code you choose, as all scores sent to the University will be accessible by all programs.
       
       

      English Proficiency Requirement for Admission

      Minimum Requirements for Admission

      • All applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit the results of the TOEFL or IELTS as evidence of English proficiency.
         
      • Official scores are required to be submitted directly from TOEFL/ETS or IELTS (please see instructions below for Submitting Official Scores regarding our institution code and program number).
         
      • TOEFL or IELTS scores must be less than two years old from the first day of class at the proposed term of entry in order to be valid.
         
      • IMPORTANT, PLEASE NOTE: Individual academic programs may require a higher score, or evidence of spoken English language proficiency; contact your proposed program of study office for the minimum TOEFL, TSE, or IELTS requirement for admission.
      • Teaching requirements differ from admissions requirements. See the English Proficiency Requirements for International Teaching Assistants.

      The following chart provides minimum score requirements for admission:

      English Proficiency Test

      Minimum for Limited Status Admission with English as a Second Language Placement Test Required*

      Minimum for Full Status Admission**
      TOEFL iBT 79-102 greater than 102
      TOEFL CBT 213-253 greater than 253
      TOEFL PBT 550-610 greater than 610
      IELTS (academic exam) 6.5 with a score of 6 or higher in all sub-sections greater than 6.5

      *If the scores on the TOEFL or IELTS are acceptable, but indicate the need for further English study, an English as a Second Language Placement Test (EPT) will be required upon arrival at the University. On the basis of the ESL EPT results, applicants are generally required to enroll in non-credit "English as a Second Language" courses and take a reduced academic load beginning the first semester at the University.

      **Students applying to online programs must satisfy the full status admissions requirement.

      Test Information and Instructions for Requesting Official Scores

      TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

      Website: www.toefl.org

      TOEFL Services at Educational Testing Service (ETS):

      Requesting Official Scores: Applicants who have already taken the TOEFL should request the Educational Testing Service send scores to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign using our institution code number 1836.

      IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

      IELTS is jointly owned by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL), British Council and IDP Education Australia: IELTS Australia.

      Website: www.ielts.org

      Requesting Official Scores: Applicants who have already taken the IELTS should upload their score report forms directly to the online application.

      Exemptions

      • Graduate applicants may be exempt from providing a TOEFL or IELTS score if one of the following criteria is met:
        • Completion of at least two years of post-secondary full-time study, as defined by the home institution, in a country where English is the primary language and at an institution where English is the primary medium of instruction, within five years of the proposed term of initial enrollment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
        • Completion of at least two years of professional work experience in a country where English is the primary language within five years of the proposed term of initial enrollment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
        • Completion of a post-secondary degree in a country where English is the primary language and at an institution where English is the primary language of instruction, within five years of the proposed term of initial enrollment.

       

      IMPORTANT: Please note that this exemption is for admission purposes only. This may not necessarily provide an exemption for international teaching assistants. For more information, please see the English Proficiency Requirement for International Teaching Assistants.

      Please click here for a list of countries that qualify for an exemption from the admissions requirement.

      Resume and Statements

      Your online application will include sections for additional required uploads:
      • Most graduate programs require a resume or curriculum vitae.
      • Most graduate programs require a statement of purpose or personal statement.
      • Some programs require other various statements such as a writing sample, research statement, or specific program essay. These requirements will be outlined in the online application, but you should visit your proposed program of study's web site to prepare these documents. 
       

      V. Recommendation Letters

      The References page is where you should list the identities of all references (name, email, title, etc.) who will be submitting letters of recommendation on your behalf.

      application Requirements:

      • Most graduate programs require three letters of reference. Check with your proposed program of study office regarding the number required. Your recommenders will be required to submit letters of reference using the online recommendation system.
      • The application will require this information prior to allowing you to submit your online application. However, you do not need to wait for your recommenders to submit their letters before you submit your online application. You can and should submit your online application prior to your recommenders submitting their letters.
      • If you have submitted an application to another program or term previously, you are able to import these recommendations to this application. If you are asking these references to provide a new letter, do not import these reference records as they will not receive a new request to submit a new letter.

      Recommender Selection:

      • Recommendations should be provided from employers, supervisors, professors, or others who are able to comment on your professional and educational goals and potential (no friends or relatives please).
      • Recommendation letters should specifically address your ability to succeed in your proposed academic program and discuss any experience that may have prepared you to succeed in the program.

      adding a recommender after you submit your application:

      excluding A RECOMMENDER AFTER YOU SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION:

      • Log back into your application.
      • Click on the name of the recommender that needs to be excluded.
      • When the individual recommender window opens, click the grey “Exclude” button at the bottom of the window.
      • When the warning message pops up, click “Ok.”
      • This will remove the reference from consideration. 
      • If you later want to reinstate a previously excluded reference, you will need to access the References page again, then click the excluded recommender’s name. At the bottom of the window, they’ll be able to click the grey “Reinstate” button at the bottom to reinstate the reference to show on the administrative side. The reinstate button only appears after a particular reference has been excluded.
      • If you chose to NOT waive your rights to view your letter of recommendation and later want to change this decision, the only way to do so is to exclude the original recommender record and then add a new recommender record with all the same information for the recommender, but change your waiver section response.
       

      VI. Application Fee

      The Application Fee is required before your application can be reviewed.

      application fee requirements:

      • Once you have submitted your application, you will be required to pay your application fee by credit card.
      • The fee must be paid within 3 weeks of submitting your application or it will be unsubmitted.
      • The fee must also be paid prior to your application deadline.
      • The fee is non-refundable and your application cannot be reviewed until the application fee has been processed.
      • The application fee amount is determined by your citizenship and/or visa status.
        • Domestic applicants are required to submit a $70.00 application fee.
        • International applicants are required to submit a $90.00 application fee.

      Application Fee Waivers:

      The below listed domestic applicants are eligible for an application fee waiver or exemption and can indicate so on the online application. International applicants are not eligible for an application fee waiver unless coming under a valid exchange agreement that has an approved application fee waiver.
       

      University of Illinois Employees:
      This includes Civil Service Staff, Academic Professionals, and Faculty only. Academic Hourly and Student Employee positions do not qualify for an application fee waiver.

      Illinois Promise (I-Promise) Scholars:
      I-Promise Scholars are eligible for application fee waivers when applying to a graduate program. Please indicate your I-Promise Scholar designation in this section of the online application.
       
      FreeApp Applicants:
      For more information on this program and to submit your FreeApp application, please visit http://www.grad.illinois.edu/freeapp. FreeApp is designed to increase access to graduate education for students who possess qualities and experiences that enhance the diversity of the intellectual, cultural, and social environments at Big Ten Academic Alliance universities. As long as you have submitted your FreeApp application and indicated interest in Illinois prior to submitting your online application to Illinois, we will approve your fee waiver. The Big Ten Academic Alliance sends us a list of all applicants who complete the FreeApp application and indicate interest in Illinois, so no additional documentation is needed. FreeApp is open to students from across the United States who meet the criteria listed at http://www.grad.illinois.edu/freeapp, and applicants are not required to have previously studied at a Big Ten university.
       
      SROP Participants:
      If you have participated in an SROP (Summer Research Opportunities Program) at the University of Illinois or another institution in the United States, you may qualify for an application fee waiver. You will be prompted to upload documentation of your SROP participation on this page. This documentation is required prior to submitting your application
       
      Project 1000 Applicants:
      For more information on this program and to submit your Project 1000 application, please visit http://mati.eas.asu.edu/p1000/As long as you have submitted your Project 1000 Application and indicate interest in Illinois prior to submitting your online application to Illinois, we will approve your fee waiver. Project 1000 sends us all application materials for those who complete the Project 1000 application and indicate interest in Illinois, so no additional documentation is needed.
       
      McNair Scholars:
      If you are a current McNair Scholar, please ask your current institution to provide you with a letter of proof of your McNair status that you can upload to your online application. This documentation will be required before you can submit your application. For more information about the McNair Scholar program, please visit http://www.omsa.illinois.edu/programs/TRIO/mcnair/.  
       
      United States Military Service
      If you have previously or are currently serving in the United States Military, you are eligible for an application fee waiver. You will be prompted to upload documentation of your service on this page. This documentation is required prior to submitting your application.
       
      Allied Agencies Applicants:
      If you are affiliated with one of our allied agencies, you may indicate your allied agency in this section. You will be prompted to upload documentation of your affiliation with this allied agency on this page. This documentation is required prior to submitting your application. Your fee waiver request will be reviewed for approval after submission of your application.
       
      Unfortunately, unless you are covered by one of the waivers described above, the application fee will not be waived.

       

      VII. Additional Information for Graduate College Applicants

      Notification of Admission

      In order to be admitted to the Graduate College at Illinois, applicants must meet admission requirements of both their proposed programs of study and the Graduate College. Your proposed program of study office will evaluate your application and recommend a decision for admission to the Graduate College. An official Notification of Admission from the Graduate College will be made available to you via the online application system. Admitted applicants will be sent an email notifying them that a decision letter is available, and to re-enter the system to view the decision.

       

       

      Financial Assistance

      Check with your proposed program of study office for its application deadline for fellowships, assistantships, or tuition waivers. You may apply for more than one type of aid by designating the order of preference. If your proposed program requires additional supporting documents and test scores, send them directly to the program of study office. In addition to your proposed program of study office, the Office of Financial Aid is a good resource: Office of Student Financial Aid, 610 East John Street, Champaign, IL 61820, phone: (217) 333-0100.

      • Fellowships. Information on fellowships is available from the Fellowship Office at the Graduate College.
      • Assistantships. Assistants enrolled in most graduate programs receive a waiver of full tuition and the service fee, provided the appointment is for not less than one-quarter time and not more than two-thirds time, and if the assistant is on appointment for at least three-quarters (91 days) of the term. Details about tuition waivers are available from the Guide to the Tuition Waiver Policy.

      Please note that self-supporting and cost recovery programs may not offer these financial aid options. See for a list of these programs. This list may not be complete, it's important to check with your department to find out which financial aid options are available.

      Please note: For non-native speakers of English to be considered for a teaching assistantship, the TSE must be taken, and the score submitted to your proposed program of study office (please see the English Proficiency Requirement section for details). If applicants have taken the TOEFL iBT, the spoken section sub-score will be used in place of the TSE, to measure spoken English ability. The minimum iBT spoken section sub-score for international teaching assistants is currently being established, and will be available soon. Results must be submitted directly to your proposed program of study office.

      • Tuition and Service Fee Waivers. These awards waive payment of tuition and partial fees. For deadlines and applications, please contact your program of study office. For University-funded fellowships, assistantships, and tuition waivers, there are no restrictions on citizenship, age, sex, ethnic or national origin, marital status, or disability. Certain non-University-funded fellowships and assistantships may have restrictions. Before you apply for such an award, consult the office of your proposed program of study for both the types of financial aid available and the financial aid deadline. Please note: In general, most financial aid decisions are made before April 1.
      • International Applicants. Information specific to international applicant funding is available on the “International Student” page of Office of Financial Aid website.
      • Loans (for Domestic Applicants only). For information about loans, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid, 610 East John Street, Champaign, IL 61820, phone: (217) 333-0100.

       

      Housing

      Housing information is available at www.grad.illinois.edu/prospective/housing.

      Immunization Requirement at Registration

      Illinois state law requires all new students to provide proof of immunity to certain contagious diseases (among them: diphtheria, measles, mumps, rubella, and tetanus) before enrollment. All admitted students will receive an Immunization Information Form, which must be completed and submitted upon arrival on campus. All international students will be screened for tuberculosis at the time of enrollment in accordance with the Illinois Department of Public Health. All students please note: if the required Immunization Information Form is not submitted, you will not be eligible to register for future terms. Immunization Information Forms are also available online from the McKinley Health Center.

       

      Health Insurance

      Health insurance is a means to partially cover the costs of health care whenever one needs medical attention in the U.S. All students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are required to carry health insurance coverage. For more information about the University health insurance plan, please see www.grad.illinois.edu/current/health.

      Additionally, all students on J-1 status and their J-2 dependents are required by law to carry adequate health insurance for the full duration of the J-1 program. Students and their families may participate in the University insurance plan or in a private plan that provides at least comparable coverage. International students can find additional information regarding health insurance at the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS).

       

      Campus Safety

      The University of Illinois is committed to maintaining a safe campus environment. Current campus crime statistics are available from the Division of Public Safety.

       

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