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

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Freshman applicants can apply to Illinois in one of two ways: myIllini or the Coalition application. Visit the admissions website to learn more.

Chicago campus

University of Illinois Chicago

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

Springfield campus

University of Illinois Springfield

Students wishing to apply to UIS can apply online through the UIS website. 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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