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Future college students can now apply to all Illinois’ public universities with just one application.

A simple check of a box will send applications to 900 schools throughout the state.

The University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) joined the Common App in September before Governor Pritzker’s announced all public universities in Illinois would join the program.

Making the switch has already increased the number of freshmen applications the school has received, and more are expected.

School officials also hope the streamlined process results in more people attending an Illinois university and staying in the Land of Lincoln after they graduate.

This story aired on WICS Newschannel 20 on Nov. 4, 2021.

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