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COVID-19 Information for Applicants and Newly Admitted Students

The information below is provided to assist applicants and recently admitted graduate students. We encourage you to also consult the following resources as appropriate:

Campus COVID-19 Response

The Illinois family is privileged to include some of the world’s leading minds on COVID-19 safety, testing, and procedures. Read about the many measures that have been put into place to maximize everyone's safety.

Business Hours

The Graduate College is located at 507 E. Green Street in Champaign. We are open from 9:00 – noon and 1:00 – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (CT). You can always email us at

2021-2022 Campus Experience

The university is excited to be planning for an on-campus, experience in the 2021-2022 academic year. The vast majority of our courses will be taught face-to-face, while still observing COVID-19 safety protocols. Additionally, we are leveraging instructional innovations implemented over the past year to enhance academic opportunities for all UIUC students.

Vaccination Expectations

All students who are able to do so will be required to be fully vaccinated (defined as 14 days after the final dose) with a university-accepted vaccine before beginning the fall semester if they plan to be on campus with no additional health and safety obligations.
Individuals who are not able to be vaccinated and/or who have not had their record submitted and verified will be required to participate in the COVID-19 testing program and to continue wearing a face covering.

If you are not able to access one of the university-accepted vaccines, you will be able to receive an accepted vaccine upon your arrival to campus. For more details, visit our main campus website.

Course Delivery & Grading Changes at Your School

The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign evaluates applicants for admission to its graduate and professional colleges and schools holistically, meaning that we consider an applicant’s combination of personal accomplishments, letters of recommendation, personal statements, academic record, and test scores in making our admissions decisions. Such a review will consider the significant disruptions of COVID-19 when reviewing students’ transcripts and other admissions materials.
We understand that many institutions across the country instituted P/NP or CR/NCR grading policies during the pandemic. Thus, we will not penalize students for the adoption of P/NP, CR/NCR and other grading options during this unprecedented period, whether the choices were made by institutions or by individual students. What is most important is that applicants demonstrate that they pursued a challenging curriculum that was relevant to their plan for graduate and professional education.

I-20 Guidance

U.S. consulates and embassies are accepting emailed/scanned versions of I-20s with electronic signatures from Designated School Officials for F-1 visa interviews. Electronic I-20s will be made available to view and print on their application status page. Applicants will be able to use this I-20 to both apply for the F-1 visa and to enter the U.S. We do recommend bringing a copy of the SEVP policy guidance, along with the printed copy of your electronic I-20, to your visa appointment.

DS-2019s must continue to be physically printed, signed, and shipped to students at this time.

If you are unable to obtain a student visa and arrive in time to begin your studies for your admitted term, please contact your graduate program for information on enrollment options.

GradMAP / Quick Guide

Newly admitted students are encouraged to consult the GradMAP webpages, including the Quick Guide for important information for new graduate students.


(Updated 12/8/21)