Admissions

Apply now to the #1 regional public university in Illinois according to US News & World Report.

First Year

First year students are encouraged to apply before the priority due date, December 15.

Star high school seniors, it’s easier now, more than ever to become a UIS Prairie Star.

Why? Because the UIS application for admission does NOT require ACT/SAT scores for students who will start college fall 2021.

Completed applications will receive an admission notification whether or not test scores are included in the applications.

Prospective first-year students admitted to UIS with an unweighted GPA of 3.0 or better will be awarded merit scholarships – whether or not test scores are included in students’ applications.

Check out your potential merit scholarship for the year and all four years. Plus, compare your annual tuition & fee costs after scholarships are applied.

Transfer Students

Transfer students apply now if you have 30 credit hours of college credit and a GPA of 2.0 or better. Transfer students are encouraged to apply before the priority due date, December 15.

Check out your potential merit scholarship for the year and all four years. Plus, compare your annual tuition & fee costs after scholarships are applied.

Graduate Students

Apply to 14 master’s degree programs with no GRE/GMAT requirement. Learn more about graduate school at UIS.

International Students

Find International Admission information to learn more about admission requirements and how to apply.


Why UIS

We are excited that you are taking the time to learn more about Illinois Springfield. Visit the Inside UIS site to see why you should choose UIS!


Student Experiences

Tehya Fortune ’20

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Major: Communication
Future Plans: Work in film and television production


Tehya Fortune is glad she chose the University of Illinois Springfield because she says “I really believe that it is where I am meant to be.” Fortune plays on the Prairie Stars women’s basketball team and works at the Student Union on campus. She enjoys the “small campus environment” at UIS where she says “everyone knows each other.” Following graduation from UIS, she hopes to work in film and television production. “These past three, almost four years, which I have been here have shaped me into the person I am today and have helped to guide me to where I need to go in the future,” she said.

Estelle Higdon ’21

Hometown: Coal Valley, Illinois
Majors: Communication
Future Plans: Work in marketing


Estelle Higdon chose the University of Illinois Springfield because coming from a smaller hometown, she wanted a college that was “not too big or small.” On campus, she is president of the Needle Arts Club; co-director of Leadership for Life Service Program; marketing director for The Alchemist Review, the English Department’s literary journal; and a member of the Christian Student Fellowship. She says what she likes most about UIS is “the great community of students and faculty.” Following graduation from UIS, she plans to work in the marketing field.