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Spring, Summer and Fall 2018

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We are currently accepting freshman applications for spring, summer and fall 2018.

Freshman Application

You’ve done your research, explored your options, and know that Illinois State is the perfect place for you. Now it’s time to apply.

  • Before You Start
  • Deadlines
  • Admissions Requirements
  • Application Fee/Waiver

Illinois State's self-report application means you don't need to submit your official high school transcript to receive an admission decision.

Here's what you should have ready:

  • Unofficial high school transcript, so you can tell us your GPA and courses you've completed.
  • Your ACT or SAT scores and subscores.
  • Decide if writing an optional personal statement is right for you.
  • Your Social Security Number (if you have one).
  • Choose your major or program. Haven't decided yet? Apply as "Undeclared."
  • Be ready to save your new Illinois State username (we call this a "ULID") and password. You'll need that to check your application status and do other tasks.

Illinois State's preferred filing period for freshman students for the fall semester is September 1–November 15. Applying early is encouraged, as the University must limit enrollment in specific majors/programs.

For best consideration for scholarships and to receive your admission decision by December 31, complete your application during the preferred filing period.

Term of enrollment                 

Preferred filing period

Application deadline

Required document deadline

Summer and fall

September 1– November 15

April 1

July 15


June 1–August 1

As space permits*

As space permits*

 *Subject to change without notice

Admission decisions are made on a modified rolling basis. Deadlines are subject to change.

Our commitment to individual attention reaches beyond the classroom into the admissions process. If necessary to determine your academic preparedness and fit, all elements of your application will be reviewed carefully by a University professional.

Highest admission priority will be granted to students with the strongest academic records.

What Admissions considers:

Academic completion

You are encouraged to pursue a rigorous and challenging college preparatory program.

  • English – 4 years
  • Mathematics – 3 years
    • traditional (algebra, geometry, algebra II)
    • OR integrated (math 1, 2, and 3)
  • Natural science – 2 years with laboratories
  • Social science – 2 years
  • Foreign language/Fine arts – 2 years of the same language OR 2 years of fine arts

Deficiencies are not allowed in any subject area.

New students are required to submit a $50 nonrefundable application fee. Some students may qualify to apply for a fee waiver.

Applicants who may qualify for a fee waiver:

  • those who qualify for an economic hardship waiver
  • veterans or active military service personnel
  • permanent employees and retirees of Illinois State University


Please contact the Office of Admissions if you have any questions about your application or the application process at (800) 366-2478.

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