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.