Applying to Illinois State

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How to Apply

Illinois State is accepting applications for summer and fall 2018. Please note that Illinois State's preferred filing period for freshman students for the fall semester is September 1 through November 15. Applying early is encouraged, as the University must limit enrollment in specific majors/programs. For best consideration for scholarships and to receive your admission decision by December 31, complete your application during the preferred filing period.

Applications for the spring 2019 term will open on June 1.


Any student enrolled in their first year of college or university. If you earned college hours while in high school or if you will enroll at another college during the summer between high school and your attendance at Illinois State in the fall, you will still be classified as a freshman. However, if your high school transcript lists a December or January graduation date and you enroll in a college or university for the spring term immediately after graduation, you are considered a transfer student.

Transfer Students

Any student who was previously enrolled at another college/university after high school graduation (excluding immediate entry for summer term), regardless of whether credit hours were earned. This includes students with a December or January graduation date on their high school transcript who enrolled in spring term college courses.

International Students

Any student who is not a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the United States is considered an international student. Typically international students need an F-1 or J-1 visa to study in the United States.

Returning to Illinois State

Any student returning to Illinois State University after discontinuing their enrollment for any reason (personal, academic, or disciplinary).