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| | I did well in high school and fairly well on the ACT. Top ten percent and 28 ACT. From my experience with students who were accepted, UIUC appears to be a numbers school in that they feel your high school gpa and ACT are very important to your chance of being accepted. If you're borderline on getting in you should probably try and stack up extra curricular activities as soon as possible to set you apart from other students like you. Show them you can work hard and are prepared to excell here. Other than that, there's not a whole lot more to the admissions process in my opinion.
The university is very numbers-oriented. They have to be; too many applicants to review everything in great detail. My guess is that above certain GPA/ACT cutoffs you are more or less in, and below certain GPA/ACT cutoffs you are out. There is probably a narrow range in between these two sets of numbers, a 'bubble' category, where things like rec letters, essays, etc count. The best thing you can do - aside from getting good grades and studying your butt off for the ACT - is pick up a statistics sheet showing the top 25%, middle 50%, and bottom 25% ranges for GPA and ACT for the entering class in each college.
| Electrical Engineering|| Mar 14 2004 |
One other thing -- if you want to do (for example) Engineering but your numbers are only good enough to get into the LAS college, apply to the LAS college. Once you're here, you can usually transfer between colleges without much problem, so long as you get decent grades (if you want to know what grades you need specifically to transfer, call up those administration offices TODAY, tell them you're an LAS student looking to transfer, and ask what grades you need.) And as you can usually register for most classes in most departments without a problem - and considering that everyone has to take a bunch of gen-ed requirements anyway - you can take a first year of mostly gen-eds, transfer afterward, and still get out in 4 years.
Be involved in your academic studies, take things beyond the classroom. Also study hard for those SAT's.
I got a 31 on the ACT and was ranked 6th in my class of 200. It was the only school I applied to because I knew I'd get in since they explained their system when I visited the school. It is easier to get into the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences than Engineering.
| Computer Science|| Dec 30 2003 |