|Students who got into UIUC say:|
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If you want to get in and don't think your grades / ACT scores are good enough for your preffered major, just pick a less rigorous one, like something in LAS, if you do well in your gen-eds, you should be able to transfer into your department junior year
| Aerospace Engineering|
| Jul 28 2004 |
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.
I kept my grades up and filled out the application form. If you want to get in, just do the same. If your grades are not great then I highly recommend going to junior college for a year or two and then applying here. MUCH easier to get in that way.