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Aspire Illinois - Early Application and Decision Program


Aspire Illinois 2020

Aspire Illinois is an University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Illinois) online program designed to increase the pool of students from populations historically underrepresented in graduate programs at Illinois.  There is no regisration fee or cost to participate in the program.  This early application, early admission, and early decision program provides talented students from U.S. populations with an opportunity to visit the University of Illinois campus early in the application process, while simultaneously allowing graduate programs and departments at Illinois to showcase the quality and strength of their programs. Aspire Illinois also offers participants who are admitted to an Illinois graduate program an opportunity to receive an Aspire Illinois Fellowship from the University of Illinois Graduate College.

The one-hour Aspire Illinois webinars are scheduled to take place on Monday and Thursday evenings beginning June 15 - August 3, 2020, with a special opprotunity to speak with Aspire Illinois Alumni through online discipline-based talks scheduled throughout the week of August 3-7, 2020.

The Aspire Illinois application may be found at: The deadline for submission of the application is 12:00 am (midnight), Sunday, June 7, 2020.  If you have questions about the Aspire Illinois early application and decision program, please contact us at:

This year’s Aspire Illinois participants will participate in the Discover Illinois virtual campus visit on October 12-15.