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 submitted until the application fee has been processed.

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. 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

If applying to one of the following joint degree programs for admissions, you will be required to submit one online graduate application:

  • Architecture MARCH and Civil Engineering MS
  • Architecture MARCH and Computer Science MCS
  • Architecture MARCH and Urban Planning MUP
  • Landscape Architecture MLA and Urban Planning MUP
  • Public Health MPH and Urban Planning MUP
  • MBA and any other program 

You application will be viewed by both academic programs and you only need to pay one application fee. For a complete list of joint programs available to applicants, please visit our Academic Catalog.

 

If applying to one of the following joint degree programs for admissions, 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:

  • Chemistry MS and Law JD
  • Computer Science MCS and Law JD
  • Human Resources and Industrial Relations MHRIR and Law JD
  • Journalism MS and Law JD
  • Master of Business Administration MBA and Law JD
  • Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences MS and Law JD
  • Urban Planning MUP and Law JD

When applying, you will need to submit one graduate online application and one application fee.

You will find your joint degree program the Graduate College Major (Chemistry, Computer Science, Journalism, Labor and Employee Relations, Master of Business Administration, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, and Regional and Urban Planning) degree program options in the Program page of your online application.

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 and Contact 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 Place and Date
  • Gender
  • Native Language
  • Citizenship Information
  • Legal State of Residence Information
  • Lawful Permanent Residents will be expected to provide their Resident Alien Number and upload a copy of their green card in the Upload Credentials Here section of the online application.

voluntary INFORMATION:

    • Social Security Number
    • Race and Ethnicity Identification
    • U.S. Veteran Information

    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.

     

    Application Information

    The Application Information page allows you to pick the program and term you are applying for, as well as request departmental financial aid and 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).

     

    PROGRAM INFORMATION:

    • 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 will be asked to indicate any faculty members you are interested in working with during your studies at Illinois.
    • 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.

    REQUESTING FINANCIAL AID:

    • This section allows you to request departmental financial aid, such as Teaching Assistantships, Research Assistantships, Fellowships, and Tuition Waivers. 
    • Please note that self-supporting and cost recovery programs may not offer these financial aid options. See 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 visit the Office of Student Financial Aid website for more information on student loans and grants.

    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 ne to submit proof of participation in order to be considered for this waiver.
     
    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 to fax to our office at 217-333-8019. Please go ahead and submit your online application and we will approve your fee waiver upon receiving the fax of your status.For more information about the McNair Scholar program, please visit http://www.omsa.illinois.edu/gradprep/mcnair.html.  
     
    Allied Agencies Applicants:
    If you are affiliated with one of our allied agencies, such as Champaign District School Teachers or the US Military, you may indicate your allied agency in this section and be reviewed for approval of your application fee waiver after submission of your application.
     
    Unfortunately, unless you are covered by one of the waivers described above, the application fee will not be waived.
     
     

    Educational History

    The Academics 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 transcripts 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.

    Test Information

    The Test Information 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.

     

    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. 

    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.

     

    IV. International Applicants

    Personal and Contact 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 Place and Date
    • Gender
    • Native Language
    • Citizenship Information
    • If you are in the process of applying for lawful U.S. Permanent Residency, you will be prompted to upload a copy of your Application Receipt Notice from USCIS.

    Application Information

    The Program page allows you to pick the program and term you are applying for, as well as request departmental financial aid.

    Program Information:

    • 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 will be asked to indicate any faculty members you are interested in working with during your studies at Illinois.
    • 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.

    Requesting Financial Aid:

    • This section allows you to request departmental financial aid, such as Teaching Assistantships, Research Assistantships, Fellowships, and Tuition Waivers.
    • 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. 

    Application Fee Waivers:

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

    Educational History

    The Academics 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 transcripts 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.

     

    Test Information

    The Test Information page is where you should list the scores of any relevant test 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. 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.
     
     

    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. 
     

    International Applicants Only

    International applicants will be asked to provide information about your current visa status and will be prompted to request any needed visa eligibility documents.

    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. 

    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.

     

    V. Recommendation Letters

    After completing all sections of the online application, you will need to submit information (name, email, title, etc.) regarding your references.

    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.

    VI. Application Fee

    Once you have submitted your application, you will be required to pay your application fee by credit card. Please note that this 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 an application fee waiver.

    SROP Participants

    • Applicants who have participated in a SROP (Summer Research Opportunities Program) at the University of Illinois or at another US institution qualify for an application fee waiver.

    FreeApp Applicants:

    • For more information on this program and to submit your Big Ten Academic Alliance FreeApp application, please visit http://www.grad.illinois.edu/freeapp.
    • As long as you have submitted your Big Ten Academic Alliance 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.

    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 to fax to our office at 217-265-0010
    • Please go ahead and submit your online application and we will approve your fee waiver upon receiving the fax of your status.
    • For more information about the McNair Scholar program, please visit http://www.omsa.illinois.edu/gradprep/mcnair.html.  

    Allied Agencies:

    • If you are affiliated with one of our allied agencies, you may indicate your allied agency in this section and be reviewed for approval of your application fee waiver 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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