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Prospective Students

The University of Illinois System attracts the most talented students from within our state, from across the nation, and from around the globe. Whether a prospective student is looking for a world-class Big Ten global powerhouse, a diverse research institution in the heart of a great metropolitan city, or a top-ranked regional liberal arts university in the state capital--our system has a university that can be the right fit.

Applying to our universities

Urbana campus

As of fall 2021, first-year undergraduate students can now apply to all three of our universities through the Common App. Please visit the admissions websites below for specific requirements and procedures for each university.

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

First-year undergraduate applicants can apply to Illinois in one of three ways: myIllini, the Coalition, or the Common App. Visit the admissions website to learn more.

Chicago campus

University of Illinois Chicago

First-year undergraduate students can apply through the Common App. Visit the UIC admissions to learn more.

Springfield campus

University of Illinois Springfield

First-year undergraduate students wishing to apply to UIS can apply online through Common App. Visit UIS admissions to learn more.


Our universities are consistently rated as "best value" schools among public institutions nationwide. A recent study found that every $1 invested in a U of I education translates to a return of $5 of higher future earnings for our students. The U of I System knows the cost of an education is a concern for families, and we are continually striving to make a U of I education affordable. 

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