Admissions Deadlines

Our application deadlines vary depending on if you're an incoming freshman, transfer student, or international student.

Deadlines by type of incoming student

You are encouraged to apply early in the preferred filing period for best consideration for admission into competitive majors or those with limited enrollment capacity.

Freshman

For best consideration for scholarships and to receive your admission decision by December 31, complete your application with accurate self-reported information during the preferred filing period.

Freshman deadlines for applications and admissions documents for terms of enrollment.
Term of Enrollment Preferred Filing Period Application Deadline Required Document Deadline for Decision Final Document Deadline for Enrollment
Summer (May/June) September 1 – November 15 April 1 April 1 July 15
Fall (August) September 1 – November 15 April 1 April 1 July 15
Spring (January) June 1 – August 1 November 1* November 1* January 4

Transfer Student

If you apply and submit all required documents during the preferred filing period, you will have the opportunity to participate in advanced course registration. If you apply after the preferred filing period, you may be admitted as space permits on a rolling basis.

Transfer applications are considered incomplete until all necessary documents, including transcripts, have been received. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Transfer student deadlines for applications and admissions documents for terms of enrollment.
Term of Enrollment Preferred Filing Period Application Deadline Required Document Deadline for Decision Final Document Deadline for Enrollment
Summer (May/June) September 1 – January 15 May 1 June 1 July 15
Fall (August) September 1 – January 15 May 1 June 1 July 15
Spring (January) June 1 – August 1 November 1* November 1* January 4

Visiting and Non-Degree Seeking Students

Visiting and Non-Degree Seeking students deadlines for applications and admissions documents for terms of enrollment.
Term of Enrollment Preferred Filing Period Application Deadline Required Document Deadline for Decision Final Document Deadline for Enrollment
Summer (May/June) September 1 – January 1 One week prior to the first day of class Not applicable Not applicable
Fall (August) September 1 – January 1 One week prior to the first day of class Not applicable Not applicable
Spring (January) June 1 – August 1 One week prior to the first day of class Not applicable Not applicable

International Student

Many graduate programs have earlier deadlines than the ones listed above. Check with the department or school of your intended program to find out if there is an earlier deadline.

International student deadlines for applications and admissions documents for terms of enrollment.
Term of Enrollment Preferred Filing Period Application Deadline Required Document Deadline for Decision Final Document Deadline for Enrollment
Summer (May/June) September 1 – April 1 April 1 April 1 July 15
Fall (August) September 1 – May 1 May 1 May 1 July 15
Spring (January) June 1 – October 15 October 15 October 15 January 4

Returning Student

If you left Illinois State on probation or were dismissed, you will need to follow the application process for the New Start readmission program.

Returning student deadlines for applications and admissions documents for terms of enrollment.
Term of Enrollment Preferred Filing Period Application Deadline Required Document Deadline for Decision Final Document Deadline for Enrollment
Summer (May/June) September 1 – January 15 May 1 June 1 July 15
Fall (August) September 1 – January 15 May 1 June 1 July 15
Spring (January) June 1 – August 1 November 1* November 1* January 4

* = Applications may be accepted after November 1 as space permits.