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Bachelor’s Degree Online Admissions Process

Student credentials are evaluated first in the UIS Admissions Office and then by the Online English Program Admissions Committee.

Your application must satisfy the enrollment criteria of both in order for you to be considered for entry to the Online English Program. Remember, the Program’s decision about your admission will be made only after all requested application information has been received.

We will write to acknowledge your application once your materials have been processed by UIS Admissions, and received by the Online English Program. Notifications regarding admissions decisions will be sent out to all applicants in April for fall admissions and in November for spring admissions. We do not admit students for the summer semester. Please notify us if, in the interim, you change your mind about applying to the Program.

UIS Deadline for applications to the Online English Program:
Application materials should be received by the priority review dates for each term of entry. For entry in the fall semester, the priority deadline is March 15; for entry in the spring semester, the priority deadline is October 15. Applications submitted after the deadline will still be considered; however, the program admits a limited number of students each academic year, so admission is competitive, and we do not admit students for the summer semester.

To apply to the Online English Program, you must have:

  • A minimum of 30 credit hours at the lower-division level (60 credit hours or an Associate’s degree is preferred in order to fulfill general education requirements)
  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale from an accredited college or university
  • Completion of two English Composition courses with a grade of C or better
  • Completion of two literature courses with a grade of C or better to fulfill the 200-level core course requirements
  • Access to the Internet and compliance with Technology Requirements (Please visit the Center for Online Learning, Research, and Service website for more information about the technology requirements for online learning.)

In addition to the general UIS requirements for application, you must also submit a Statement of Intent, not to exceed 750 words, which will serve as a writing sample and should discuss academic and work experiences, rationale for becoming an online major in English, plans for progress toward and completion of the degree, and pertinent life experiences. This statement should be sent directly to Candace Meserole, the Online English Program Coordinator via e-mail in MS Word format.

STEPS TO PROGRAM ADMISSION

Step 1: Contact Candace Meserole, the Online English Program Coordinator. The Coordinator can answer any questions you might have about the Program and the University and can help guide you through the application process.

Step 2: Complete the University Admission Application and send it to the Admissions Office. Be sure to indicate Online English as your proposed program of study on the admission application.

You can also download a printed version of the application at the above site. To make an application as competitive as possible, all application materials–application, application fee, transcripts, and Statement of Intent–should be received and processed by the priority dates listed above. In order to ensure that you comply with this deadline, we recommend beginning the application process well in advance of these priority dates.

Step 3: Forward all transcripts of coursework for which you have received academic credit to the Admissions Office as soon as possible. Contact your previous academic institutions and request that they send official transcripts to UIS. The Admissions Office must receive official transcripts from all of your previous institutions of higher learning; copies will not be accepted.

After you complete these first three steps and all of your information has reached the UIS Admissions Office, the UIS Admissions Office will forward your file to the Online English Program for review. Please allow for and expect a minimum of four-six weeks for Admissions to receive and review your official transcripts and send it to the Online English Program.

Step 4: Prepare your Statement of Intent and send it to Candace Meserole, the Online English Program Coordinator. Student credentials are evaluated first in Admissions and then forwarded to the Online English Program. Your application must satisfy the enrollment criteria of both the University of Illinois at Springfield and the Online English Program in order for you to be considered for entry to the Program.

Remember, the Program’s decision about your admission will be made only after all requested application information has been received. You will receive acknowledgment of your application shortly after your application file is received by the Online English Program Coordinator. You will be notified whether you have been accepted to the program, deferred to a later semester, placed on a waiting list for the program, or denied entry to the program. Please notify us if, in the interim, you change your mind about applying to the program.

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