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Check the majors and minors section for our broad subject areas. The College of Fine and Applied Arts encourages students to create individualized degree paths. Maybe yours will include work in the dance, engineering, music, and sociology programs. We want you to find your place within the arts.

All incoming students—from aspiring professional bassoonists to architects to industrial designers—must first meet the university's qualifications. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions has tips on high school preparation. Contact a departmental advisor for more information on how you can increase your chances of being accepted.

Everyone must apply online to the university. You may also need to audition, meet for an interview, or show your portfolio. Check the application steps for your major.

Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange is your best resource for getting to Nicaragua or Nigeria. Several departments within the College of Fine and Applied Arts have established programs around the world. Dance has connections with universities in Taiwan, England, and Israel. Architecture has a one-year residency program at the Technical University of Catalunya in Barcelona. Urban and Regional Planning is part of the Network for European and U.S. Regional and Urban Studies. Contact a departmental advisor or browse the options online to find out where you can live and study across the world.

James Scholars are honors students within the college. The program is designed for high achievers interested in collaborative research. Incoming students within FAA can also become part of a campus honor group known as the Chancellor's Scholars.

Classes, studio work, rehearsals, practice, and performances will keep you busy and fulfilled, but you should take advantage of our athletics programs and recreational sports teams, performing groups open to all students, cultural houses and centers like Japan House, fraternities and sororities, and more than 1,400 registered student organizations.

A degree from Illinois is a great value. As one of the top-ranked universities in the world and a "Public Ivy," Illinois offers an exceptional education at a fraction of the tuition costs at an elite private school. Get updated information on tuition and fees from the Office of the Registrar. Your tuition rate will be locked in for four years.

In addition to receiving millions of dollars in scholarships and fellowships each year, our students work for the university, near campus, or at businesses all over the area. The Office of Student Financial Aid can guide you on applications for grants, scholarships, waivers, and loans. Many scholarships are awarded for outstanding artistic ability or academic achievement, and your application to the university—and also your audition, interview, or portfolio if those are part of your program's requirements—serves as your scholarship application. Check our list of arts-related scholarships for some other options. The university maintains a student job board with a wide range of part-time positions that could help you in your future schoolwork and career.

Illinois is known as one of the most beautiful campuses in the country, and the Champaign-Urbana community is often cited as one of the nation's greatest college towns. Many residence halls are within easy walking distance of main university buildings, which are surrounded by green spaces and trees. Near the university are small stores, restaurants, spots to catch live music, coffee shops, and places to pick up groceries. A free bus service can take you back and forth to class, out to a movie, or to shopping areas around town. The campus and local areas also have an extensive network of bike paths, so it's easy to get across the twin cities. The Office of Admissions has an overview of our dynamic campus.

When more than 40,000 students arrive each fall, these twin cities get a lot bigger. But see for yourself what we have to offer.

If you know what your major will be, start with a departmental advisor. You can also contact the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs (217.333.6061 or faa-uaa@illinois.edu) directly. We'd be glad to help you. You also might want to download our brochure to get a sense of FAA's scope or check the (many more than) 10 reasons to pick Illinois.

If you aren't sure where to start, send us a request for more information. We can provide details on degree programs, ensembles, classes, dorms, the campus atmosphere, or anything else about being a student in the arts at Illinois.

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