UIUC - EA applicants Class of 2025

Unfortunately, his stats appear not to be Ivy league caliber and it sounds like money is an issue.

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Even if money is an issue UMich is equally generous for its own residents.

Totally. I just looked them up and OOS engineering tuition at UIUC is $39k/year and at UM it’s just under $16k/year. Crazy when you compare that to UIUC being just under $22k for in state residents and UM being $56k for OOS.

Michigan is a bargain in state. It’s more than 50% cheaper all in to go there as an in stater than an OOS student. Tuition there is almost as much as the Ivy tuition I’m paying which is ridiculous for a public school, but clearly they have no problem getting it and w/UM so much is about the international alumni network which is amazing.

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@PPofEngrDr Oops, didn’t mean to claim UIUC as a safety. CollegeVine (not sure how accurate it is) gave me a mid 50% percent chance to get into UIUC for engineering, so definitely in the target/reach range. If UMich works out, that is almost definitely where I would go, unless UIUC is affordable (which it apparently isn’t)

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My daughter (in state) is a sophomore at Gies now and loves it! She too got a DA to Kelly and after much deliberation and advice from others in both schools she decided on Gies and so happy she did so. She just got a chair position on business council at U of I as well and we are so impressed and happy with the recruitment process there as a result of making the choice. Since this isn’t my first rodeo I would just secure housing NOW and risk losing the housing contract deposits and wait until May 1 to give decision where ever he decides to go. Both schools are impressive. We even did the housing at U of I before she decided as well. Hope this helps.

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@BMCM01 it really depends on how you define affordable. I cant answer that for you, but what I DO know is that a degree in engineering from Illinois is very prestigious. It is without debate one of the more rigorous and respectable programs in the country, let alone the big 10. I’d say that for ~$50k sticker price (i.e. no merit/need-based aid), you’d still find it a good value for the prospects in the future. How and if you can manage to finance that in the short term with your families means is another debate.

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OK, so I think I’m losing my mind. When my daughter applied EA to Illinois back in November, I could have SWORN we were told to expect an answer on/around January 15. Now I’m reading that it won’t be until mid-February with all the other RD applicants? Is that correct? What was the point or benefit of applying early if you don’t get notified earlier in the cycle? And for the record, not sure the “give kids more time to test” response fits the bill… Almost every school is test optional anyway and are telling kids that tests taken later (should they choose to focus on that) would be admissible as/when you were able to take them. I’m a little frustrated and disappointed with UIUC at the moment…

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I know the waiting is difficult, but how does finding out from UIUC a month later than she had thought affect your D’s application strategy?

For the background on moving the EA deadline from Nov 1 to Nov 15, to the details surrounding application volume and change in how AOs read apps, go to Andy Borst’s twitter thread from Dec 11.

The UIUC website back in early August stated mid-February as the time when they would release all decisions - both EA and RD - due to COVID altering availability of test scores. Possible someone gave you the wrong information, but I do know that mid-Feb was the date listed on the website back when applications opened in August.
Not too much longer now, at least! And many colleges will give a decision, but not and scholarship, financial aid, or honors college info till late Feb/mid March so really not too far off of everyone else.

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They have said since the start of the admissions cycle that all EA and RD would be finding out on the same date in mid-February. It is very frustrating, but that’s been the information given since the late summer/early fall on their admissions site. Hopefully those that applied EA really are given priority in those more competitive programs but we will find out in about a month. Good luck to all!

tbh, EA decision delay horse is beaten to death should you read earlier posts, it is not more than 100.

It doesn’t necessarily change the strategy for UIUC (or any other state school for that matter - given all decisions are non-binding). Where it DOES matter most is that (and to someone’s earlier point) she was misinformed. There was ZERO benefit to applying EA, particularly since she had to subsequently submit a portfolio (for FAA), which could have included more material and effort had she been given a January time frame… oh well

As a few posters above have noted, from the time the app opened in the summer, the EA notification date was Feb 15. UIUC AOs have stated multiple times that EA applicants will still have priority for competitive majors, even though EA and RD notification dates are the same.

Great! thanks for the info. That information alone (priority for competitive majors) from the AOs would be enough to justify applying EA.

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Talked to a UIUC Admissions officer the other day. She said that decisions will come out on a Friday. My guesses are Feb 12th or 19th