Dates & Deadlines for Freshman Applicants
Early Action Filing Period
September 1 – November 1
You must submit your completed application and application fee (or fee waiver) by 11:59 p.m. CDT on November 1. Doing so may give you the best chance for being admitted to our most selective programs and special attention for admission to honors programs and for merit awards.
Admission Notification 放结果日期
Early: December 14
Regular: March 1
1. Gather your application materials.收集申请资料
2. Complete your application. 填完网申
3. Courses & Grades 课程和分数
4. Test Scores 考试成绩
Enter your highest test scores or have them sent to us from the testing agency. We'll require official scores for all reported scores only if you enroll at Illinois. ACT/SAT
Enter your highest test scores for the ACT composite and/or the SAT total without super-scoring, along with the highest sub-scores you earned in each category regardless of test date. You don't have to take the essay portion of the SAT. We recommend you take the writing portion of the ACT only if you’re planning to enroll in a teaching licensure program.(在没有拼分的情况下，输入你的最高测试分数，以及你在每个类别中获得的最高分数，而不考虑测试日期。你不需要参加SAT的写作部分，我们建议你只有在计划参加一个teaching licensure program的时候才需要提交写作部分。)
6. Pay the application fee. International Fee: $75 国际生申请费75美金
7. See if you have further application requirements. 不同专业可能会有不同要求
Depending on the major you're applying to, you may have a few more things to do.
Art + Design Applicants：You also need to submit a portfolio.
Dance Applicants：You also need to complete an audition.
Music Applicants：You also need to complete a music application and audition or interview.
Theatre Applicants：You also need to interview and complete an audition or portfolio review.
How We Review Freshman Applicants
1. We evaluate the strength of your academic record. 高中的学术表现
2. We review your highest ACT or SAT score. 最高的SAT/ACT 关于是否拼分学校作如下解释：
In addition, our colleges often evaluate results from your sub-scores. If you took either test more than once, we'll use your highest sub-scores in our evaluation. However, we don’t use your highest sub-scores from different test sittings to create a super-score.(评估最高分数。不会从不同考试的单项最高分数来拼出一个最高分数。)
3. We consider the college to which you're applying.
Our colleges look for different qualities in their students. To ensure you're a good fit with a particular college or program, we consider specific criteria based on the college to which you apply. This may include your academic background, interests, experiences, and more.
4. We consider why you’re applying to a program. WHY文书非常关键
In your essay, discuss your interest in the major you've selected so we understand why you’ve chosen it and, if applicable, how you developed this interest. We look for experiences related to this major in your activities, honors, and awards. If you select a second-choice major (which we highly recommend!), we want to know why you're interested in it, too. (在你的文书中，讨论你对你所选择的专业的兴趣，这样我们就能理解你为什么选择了它，你是如何发展这种兴趣的。我们在你的活动、荣誉和奖励中寻找与这个专业相关的经验。如果你选择了一个第二专业(我们强烈推荐)，我们想知道你为什么对它感兴趣。)
5. We look at your achievements outside the classroom.
We’re looking for students who have the personal qualities to succeed on and contribute to our campus. In addition to strong academic success, you should be able to demonstrate some impact or level of accomplishment in your school, your community, your state, or nationally. Activities should indicate your strengths and skills, such as leadership ability, perseverance, creativity, generosity, determination, motivation, concern, and intellectual curiosity.(我们寻找的是那些有个人特质的学生，他们能够成功地为我们的校园做出贡献。除了学术上的成功，你还应该能够在你的学校，你的社区，你的州，或者全国范围内展示一些影响或成就。活动应该表明你的优势和技能，比如领导能力、毅力、创造力、慷慨、决心、动力、关心和求知欲。)
6. We consider your background. 背景
This includes diversity, veteran status, geographic location, and first-generation status. We want to continue to provide an atmosphere that values students who have a unique set of experiences and knowledge.(这包括多样性、退伍军人身份、地理位置和第一代大学生。我们希望继续提供一种氛围，让那些拥有独特经验和知识的学生更有价值。)
7. We listen to your story. 主文书
Take advantage of your opportunity to explain any unique circumstances that may demonstrate qualities or skills you have that can help you succeed. Additionally, if you have 1 semester or course in which your performance doesn't match the rest of your semesters or courses, you may want to explain the circumstances.(用这个机会来解释任何可能证明你拥有的品质或技能的独特情况，这些品质或技能可以帮助你成功。另外，如果你有一个学期或课程与其他的学期或课程不匹配，你可能想要解释一下情况。)