| UIUC says: |
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers more than 150 degree
programs in the eight undergraduate colleges that are open to
freshmen. Each college admits students on a competitive basis. When
you apply to the University, you must apply to one
of the colleges. You must also choose a curriculum or
Admission to all of the colleges at the University
is selective. The University is fortunate to receive applications from
outstanding high school seniors each year, and more than half
of the entering freshmen come from the top 10 per
cent of their high school classes. Due to the demand
for space in all programs, there is rarely an opportunity
to be considered for a second choice. "
|Students who got into UIUC say:|
Essay (22) |
Be involved in a couple of organizations, decent gpa, decent act score
| Industrial Operations Engineering|
| Nov 12 2013 | I did things that look good on paper, basically. Good grades, taking somewhat difficult classes, and a high ACT/SAT score will greatly contribute to getting into U of I. I feel I'm fairly intelligent, if a bit lazy, so I think I earned my place here (my family definitely has zero pull anywhere in the administration). But please remember, these things mean so little once you start classes. If you thought high school was easy, you're in for a wake up call for college. You actually have to study. For those who found high school difficult, maybe you shouldn't come here, unless you went to a fancy academy with all AP courses.
I do think my essays helped a lot. Don't BS your essays. One of mine asked about a favorite service project or high school group (one of those), and I was very happy to talk about the things I did. If you are involved in even one group or even a sports team, and there are things you did in that group that you enjoyed, talk about it! Communicate on paper how much you loved it! Or maybe if the question involves goals for school, talk about what you want to do. I am very much in love with Japan and Japanese culture, so I know I talked about that for a related question. The essays let them know about you, so tell them what little you can in your 200 or 300 words.
Also, go do a campus visit. Make sure you get to know the campus a little before committing. It's a very large, overwhelming school. You should know ahead of time if that's what you really want out of college, or if you prefer a smaller, closer knit college experience.
Its not that hard...if you are qualified you are pretty much guaranteed to get in because its a state school. You can look up the average...I had a 29 on my ACT and my grades were alright (3.3 hs) but I was in an obscene amount of AP classes. I did some extracurriculars...nothing fancy. I'd say this university does not care too much about your essay and they really don't care much about your high school extracurriculars. Just do some stuff you really like and get involved in those. I had good grades in high school, good recommendations and pretty good test scores.