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My letters of recommendation

My recommender changed, what do I do?

Please contact your proposed program of study to make changes to your recommender list. 

Not all my recommendation letters have been submitted online, do I have to wait to submit my application?

No. Please submit your application when you are ready. The letters of recommendation can be submitted after your application submission. Please remember that the online checklist may not accurately reflect whether the recommendation has been received as many recommenders prefer to email or mail their letters directly to your proposed program of study. You should contact your proposed program of study if you have any questions regarding the status of your letters of recommendation.

My recommender is having trouble uploading my letter of recommendation, what do I tell them?

Share with your recommender the following: The uploaded document must be a PDF or Microsoft Word document and must be smaller than 1500kb. If you are unable to or have difficulties uploading your document, you may submit without uploading the letter. You may instead email your letter to the applicant's proposed program of study. This will not negatively impact the applicant in any way.

My recommender prefers to not agree to Hobson’s Terms of Use, what do I tell them?

Share with your recommender the following: After logging into this system for the first time, you will be asked to read and agree to a list of Terms of Use from Hobson's, our online application vendor. If you do not want to agree to these Terms of Use, you may email your letter of recommendation to the applicant's proposed program of study. This will not negatively impact the applicant in any way.

My recommender is having difficulty logging back into Apply Yourself to submit your letter of recommendation, what do I tell them?

Share with your recommender the following: When you first logged in, you were prompted to change your password. Please make sure you are using your new password to login and not the password originally provided to you in the email requesting the letter. If you are still having issues, please email your letter of recommendation to the applicant’s proposed program of study. This will not negatively impact the applicant in any way.

My recommender is having difficulties viewing their letter of recommendation after uploading it, what do I tell them?

Share with your recommender the following: Please make sure you are using Internet Explorer as your web browser as this works best with Apply Yourself. You can also contact the applicant’s proposed program of study to confirm that the letter has been received in our online system. If you prefer, you can also email a second copy to the applicant’s proposed program of study to ensure that it is received.

My recommender never received a notification email requesting them to write a letter of recommendation, what do I tell them?

Please share this with them: Share with your recommender the following: We have found that sometimes these notification emails are automatically put in Spam or Junk Mail folders. The applicant may also want to check that they have entered in your email address correctly. If you know which program your student is applying to, you can also email your letter to the applicant’s proposed program of study to ensure that it is received. 

The application fee

I am a McNair Scholar, am I eligible for a fee waiver?

Yes, please fax a copy of your McNair Acceptance / Verification Letter from your undergraduate institution to our office at (217)265-0010. We will then approve your application fee waiver. In the online application, there is a section regarding Application Fee Waivers. In this section, please make sure to indicate that you are a McNair Scholar. We will then approve your application fee waiver once we receive your verification letter fax.  We will only contact you if we haven’t received this letter once we are ready to officially admit you to the Graduate College. 

I am having issues paying with my credit card, what do I do?

Make sure you are using Internet Explorer as your web browser, and then try paying again. If it will not allow you to submit, please contact your department so that they know you are trying to apply, and they will provide you with further assistance.

I have multiple application fee charges on my credit card statement. Why?

Review your statement to see if these are actual charges or just pre-authorized pending charges. Generally, additional charges are just pre-authorized and will drop off your statement within a few days. Your end of the month statement is the best place to review these. 

How to upload documents

When I try to upload my documents, the size is too big, what do I do?

Multiple upload buttons have been provided for you to upload your credentials. If you are having difficulty making multiple pages of your credentials fit into one 2000kb document, you can split up the pages into multiple documents and upload the additional files. If you cannot fit your credentials into the upload buttons provided, upload what you can, and email the rest of your documents to your proposed program of study. 

When I try to upload my documents, it doesn’t accept the file type?

Make sure your document is saved as a Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat PDF document. Each document must not exceed 2000 kb.

How do I scan and save my documents for upload?

Review our tips and instructions.

I’ve already ordered my transcript to be mailed to the department; do I have to still upload my transcript?

Yes, you will need to upload a scanned version of your transcript.

Can I upload additional documents to the online application once it has been submitted?

You must contact and obtain permission from your department to submit additional documents.

What if I am a past University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) graduate? Do I need to complete the application and upload all my materials?

As a past University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) graduate student, you will need to complete and submit a “Graduate Student Request Form (Petition)” to request ‘Re-Entry’ and ‘Curriculum Change’ for admissions consideration. The “Graduate Student Request Form (Petition)” and instructions are available here. You will only be required to submit transcripts if you have taken any graduate level courses since you last attended UIUC.

Do I need to submit official copies of transcripts to the department or school?

At the time of application you do not need to send any official transcripts unless your department specifically requests them.  

From what institutions do I need to provide transcripts?

You only need to upload transcripts from the institution that awarded your bachelor's degree or from any institutions where you received graduate credit.

The GRE & TOEFL

What are the GRE & TOEFL codes?

The institution code is 1836. Department codes are not necessary for our school. You can fill in any number there or leave it blank (if that is an option). As long as the institution code is correct any and all departments you apply to will be provided access to your test scores. 

Have my test scores been received?

You will need to contact your proposed program of study directly to confirm the receipt of your official test scores.

If applying to multiple programs, do I need to submit my test scores multiple times?

No. Your test scores will be able to be viewed by all programs for which you apply.

Is the GRE required?

GRE is not required for applying to the College of Education master's or non-degree programs--You can leave that section blank in the online application. It is required for doctoral students in Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Psychology. It is highly recommended for doctoral students in Education Policy, Organization & Leadership and Special Education. 

What are the minimum TOEFL requirement?

The following chart provides minimum score requirements for admission:

http://www.grad.illinois.edu/admissions/instructions/04c

Submitting my application

I’ve entered information into the application, but when I hit save, the information on the page doesn’t save, what do I do?

If you are not using Internet Explorer, please try using that browser. If you are still experiencing problems, you can contact the technical support number at 1-800-526-3313.

Why is there no term in the drop down box of the application?

This means the department deadline has already arrived and the application is closed for the semester. For consideration of a late application, you must contact and receive approval from the department.

Can I apply to more than one program?

Yes. To do so, you should fill out an application for each program and pay the application fee for each one when submitting the applications. You must create a new account for each program that you apply to and use a new username for each application.

I’ve applied previously, and want to submit a new application, how do I do this?

You will need to return to the login page and instead of logging in, click on create account. Put your information in and it will probably tell you that there is already an application in the system for you. 

My final application steps

I have a transcript hold, what do I need to do?

We are still missing final academic credentials needed to complete the conditions of your admission. You will need to log back into your online application to re-review your Notice of Admission letter. This letter contains the list of credentials we are still missing. These documents should be sent to your department office.

I already sent in my final transcripts, yet I still have a transcript hold, what do I need to do?

Please contact your department office to check to see if they have received these credentials and to have them forward the credentials to our office to remove your hold.

I can’t obtain my final transcripts yet and I need to register, what do I do?

You need to contact your department office to request that they approve a hold extension for you. You will need to document why you are unable to obtain these credentials and when you expect to provide them to our office. If your department approves, they must submit a letter of request asking our office to grant you an extension on fulfilling this condition of your admission. These requests will be reviewed by our Director on a case by case basis.

Can I defer my admission?

To defer your admission you will need to speak with the department that you are applying to. If they approve, you can defer for up to one calendar year.

How do I find my UIN and Admit ID?

You will need to log back into your online to re-review your Notice of Admission letter. This letter contains both your UIN and Admit ID.