|Students who got into UIUC say:|
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| | Though I did well on the ACT and was in the top 5 of my graduating class, I believe my extra-curricular high school activities helped me get in more. I was a 4-year two-sport athlete (not good enough for D1, though!); I was co-founder of Interact, a community-service based organization run through our high school; I was also in numerous 'clubs' like the President's Club, Gifted Program, and I volunteered each Sunday to wheel old folks to mass at a local old folks home. Good grades alone won't get you in...you need to be a contributor to your community, too!
If your grades aren't so great, apply to one of the less selective colleges. Assuming your grades are OK the first year, you can switch out. However, don't apply to a college you have no genuine interest in. ACES is getting more selective and I think the only reason I got in was because I had a strong interest and background in science.
| Agriculture/Horticulture|| Mar 31 2006 | Getting in was a breeze. The application took me like 5 minutes to do. There was a short essay, but I just wrote a little stupid paragraph...it really doesn't matter what you put for the essay as long as you've gotten good grades and a good ACT (like 30+).
It's very numeric based. If you can't get your grades to a respectable level in time, the biggest thing you can do is just keep retaking the SAT.
| Political Science|| Nov 15 2005 |