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Graduate Applications and Admissions

Admission to the astronomy graduate program requires an outstanding record of accomplishment and clear evidence of considerable academic promise, as judged by strong intellectual achievements, letters of recommendation, personal statement, and resume (or c.v.).  In the personal statement, we encourage applicants to indicate possible research interest at Illinois and any associated faculty. As our students are typically supported by teaching or research assistantships, we do not require evidence of financial resources for astronomy applicants.

A bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in astronomy, physics, chemistry, mathematics, or another related technical field from an accredited college or university in the U.S. or an approved institution of higher learning abroad is required for admission.  Course preparation in intermediate and advanced undergraduate physics and astronomy are essential.  Students are expected to make up deficiencies during the first graduate year.

Admission decisions are normally made once a year in the spring.  Applications for admission must be received by January 15.  In rare circumstances, applicants may be admitted for the spring semester, in addition to the customary fall semester admissions.

Application forms for admission and financial aid may be filled out directly via the Web at

Admission Requirements

Additional Requirements for International Applicants:

Contact Addresses

Address correspondence to:

Chairman, Graduate Admissions Committee
Department of Astronomy
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
103 Astronomy Building
1002 W. Green Street
Urbana, Illinois 61801

You may also request information from the Graduate Admissions Secretary at:
tel: (217) 333-9784
fax: (217) 244-7638