The Power of I

Backed by over 150 years of ingenuity and imagination, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign puts you in the same hallways as 26 Pulitzer Prize winners, 23 Nobel Laureates, the inventors of YouTube and PayPal, and a long list of game-changing innovators.

Harness your power at the University of Illinois—the Power of I.


Your most creative, cutting-edge thoughts will be encouraged at UIUC. A top university with a legacy of innovation, we're committed to fostering a challenging, progressive environment to help you realize your goals.

Undergraduates can choose from over 150 majors, many of which are highly ranked, within 11 academic communities:

  • College of Agricultural, Consumer, & Environmental Sciences
  • College of Applied Health Sciences
  • College of Education
  • College of Fine & Applied Arts
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • College of Media
  • Division of General Studies (for undecided students)
  • Gies College of Business
  • Grainger College of Engineering
  • School of Information Sciences
  • School of Social Work

Campus Life

You'll discover a spirit of openness, access, and equity at UIUC, leading to a deeper exchange of ideas, experiences, and perspectives. Our expansive and supportive community provides all students a place to thrive, with over 30 support and cultural centers available to assist you at any time.

Our students are active and engaged socially, creating a work-life balance that sets the UIUC experience apart. You'll have endless opportunities to get involved as an Illini, with over 1,800 student groups to choose from, 19 Big Ten teams to root for, and so much more within a top college town.

Financial Aid

Our net price calculator can give you a better idea of how much UIUC may cost you after receiving financial aid. This estimate is based on full-time enrollment and doesn't include merit-based or outside scholarships.

Students can apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is available to everyone regardless of financial need. If you're an Illinois resident who isn't otherwise eligible for federal financial aid, you can submit the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid.

Illinois residents whose families makes $67,100 or less may be eligible for the Illinois Commitment financial aid package, which covers the cost of tuition and campus fees.


Deadline Information

First-Year Students

  • Early Action Filing Period: September 1  November 15
  • Application Filing Period: September 1 – January 5
  • Admission Notification: Mid-February

Read more about our freshman deadlines.

Transfer Students

  • Spring Application Filing Period: September 1 – October 15
  • Fall Priority Filing Period: December 15 – February 1
  • Fall Application Filing Period: December 15 – March 1
  • Spring Admission Notification: By November/December
  • Fall Admission Notification: By March/April

Read more about our transfer deadlines.

Required Application Materials

First-Year Students

First-year students can apply through the Coalition Application or myIllini.

You must self-report high school courses and grades. In addition, you'll choose a major and a second-choice major, write an essay, and list extracurricular activities, honors, and awards. You can also choose to self-report test scores. Students applying for fall 2021 admission will not be required to submit SAT or ACT test results due to the COVID-19 pandemic limiting their opportunities to take the exams. We encourage you to report your scores if you feel they accurately represent your ability. 

Note that the essay section of the Coalition Profile won’t be required or used in our admission review if submitted. However, a required essay is included within our application pages.

Your application will also be used to determine admission into campus honors programs and award merit-based scholarships.

For more information on our application process, visit the How to Apply and FAQ sections of the UIUC Admissions website.

Transfer Students

Transfer students can apply through myIllini.

You must provide your high school and college transcripts, choose a major and a second-choice major, write an essay, and list extracurriculars, work experience, honors, and awards. We'll also use your application to determine admission into campus honors programs and award merit-based scholarships.

For more information on our application process, visit the How to Apply and FAQ sections of the UIUC Admissions website.

 Additional Information