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Application Checklist

You will need to have several types of information available as you complete the Graduate College application for admission. Below is a quick checklist to see if you have everything you need before you get started. For more detailed information, please see the application instructions.

Personal Information

  • If you attended the University of Illinois before, it is helpful to have your UIN, and you need to know the last term you attended.
  • You will need to provide information regarding your origin of birth, country of citizenship, and country of legal permanent residence.
  • Domestic students are encouraged to provide a social security number, but it is not required.
  • U.S. Permanent Residents will be asked to upload a copy of your green card. If you have not yet been approved, but have applied for, US Permanent Residency, you will be asked to upload a copy of your Application Receipt Notice from USCIS.
  • International students requesting an I-20 or DS-2019 will be asked to upload a copy of your passport and proof of funding documentation. This is not required at the time of application, but if you are able, you are encouraged to go ahead and upload these materials.
  • International students currently in the United States on a non-student visa will be asked to upload a copy of your current visa.

Contact Information

  • Current and Permanent addresses and phone number will be required on the application.
  • A valid email address will be required to create an application account, as well as to return to login and view any admission decisions.

What Graduate Program of Study are You Applying To?

  • You will need to know your proposed program's contact information and the degree name.
  • Visit your proposed program of study's web site to determine the application deadline. These deadlines vary by degree program and not all programs admit to all terms. If you apply after the posted deadline, full consideration is not guaranteed and no application fee refunds will be granted.
  • Many graduate programs have fields of specialization you can select when applying, as well as ask for potential faculty member you would want to work with. You are encouraged to review faculty profiles and fields of specialization information on the program's web site.
  • If you have already been awarded a graduate degree, please review our duplicate degree policy

Prior Academic History

  • Filling out the application will be much easier if you have a copy of your transcript from each institute of higher education you have attended. You will need to know list attendance dates, expected/awarded degree, academic major, and level of study (undergraduate versus graduate).
  • You will need to provide your GPA and GPA scale. For international students, please provide your institution's GPA scale, do not convert to a 4.0 scale if your institution does not use a 4.0 scale.
  • For US Institutions: You will be required to upload a copy of your complete transcript. If your degree has already been awarded, make sure your degree conferral information is listed on the transcript.
  • For International Institutions: You will be required to upload a copy of your complete transcripts/mark sheets. If your degree has already been awarded and your degree conferral information is not listed on the transcript, you must also upload copies of your certificate of degree or diploma. If your institution does not provide documents in English, you will need to also upload translations of all credentials.

Test Information

  • Non-Native English speakers are required to provide a TOEFL and/or IELTS score to prove English proficiency. 
  • Some graduate programs require a GRE and/or GMAT score. You will need to review your proposed program of study's web site for these requirements.
  • You will be able to self-report any GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, and/or IELTS test scores. 
  • If you self-report a TOEFL and/or IELTS test score, you will be encouraged to upload a copy of your score report.
  • Official test scores must be sent to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for each test listed. You will need to send the test to Institution Code 1836. Some tests allow you to pick a specific academic program to send your test to as well. All tests are received centrally, so feel free to pick whichever program seems most appropriate. No matter which program you pick, we will receive your scores.

Other Required Uploads

  • Most graduate programs require a resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Most graduate programs require a statement of purpose or personal statement.
  • Some programs require other various statements such as a writing sample, research statement, or specific program essay. These requirements will be outlined in the online application, but you should visit your proposed program of study's web site to prepare these documents. 


  • You will be required to have letters of recommendation submitted with your graduate application. Most graduate programs require 3 letters.
  • In your online application, you will need to provide the following information about each recommender: name, address, title, organization, relationship to you (professor, employer, etc), and email address.
  • When adding each recommender to the system, you will need to decide whether or not you wish to waive your right to view these letters in the future. This is an important decision and one that cannot be changed post submission.
  • After adding each recommender, we will send him/her an email with an online link for them to visit and upload a letter of recommendation. All letters must be submitted online through our system.
  • It is important to select professional references that can speak to your ability to succeed in your proposed program. Personal references are discouraged.

Credit Card Information

  • Domestic applicants will be required to submit a $70 application fee. 
  • International applicants will be required to submit a $90 application fee. 
  • If you are a University of Illinois employee (Academic Professional, Civil Service, or Faculty), or a fee waiver recipient (I-Promise Scholar, McNair Scholar, Big Ten Academic Alliance Applicant, or SROP Participant), you may select your eligibility for an application fee waiver in the online application.