Overview

Applicants
35,819
Acceptance Rate
59%

Test Scores

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
590 - 690
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
700 - 790
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
600 - 690
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
26 - 32

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines


Regular
December 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
18:1
Total Faculty
1,931
with Terminal Degree
1,794

1,271
Men
660
Women
503
Minority
493
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
69%
Graduate in 5 years
82%
Graduate in 6 years

Students Say

The University of Illinois' massive size means "opportunities, lots of classes, lots of student groups," and "an incredibly lively campus." "The research support is phenomenal on campus" and "there are a lot of resources to supplement your studies." Students find the university's "fantastic library system" and "phenomenal advisors" to be "such a benefit for research projects," and "countless on-campus resources such as the Career Center, Writers Workshop, Office of Minority Student Affairs, free tutoring services, and the Study Abroad Office" also support students' academic experiences. They praise their processors as "wonderful," "not just good at research but also instructing and mentoring," and "very approachable," and students thrive on the emphasis on experiences outside the classroom: "The field work (tons of field work) that they make us do really helped in getting used to the field." "Most professors here are devoted to teaching, not researching." Classes can be big—"As an underclassman, many classes I've taken have been with very large classes"— but "the professors are engaging and know how to keep a class of 700-plus entertained." U of I's programs in business and engineering have long been recognized as among the best, and one student says, "I liked the breadth of the engineering program and the opportunities associated with it." Even if you're not sure what you want to study yet, its undergrads feel that the university has "an amazing reputation and strong programs in many different majors, and that if I needed to change majors (which I ended up doing) I would still be getting a great degree."

Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Roger Ebert
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Film Critic

Jawed Karim and Steve Chen
Founders of YouTube

Ang Lee
Award-Winning Filmmaker

Nick Offerman
Actor

Doris Kelley Christopher
Founder of The Pampered Chef

Dick Butkus
NFL football hall of famer

Sheila Johnson
Co-founder of Black Entertainment Network

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
69%
Graduate in 5 years
82%
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$55,000

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$97,100

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$55,800

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$99,600

Percent High Job Meaning
52%

Percent STEM
26%


Students Say

The typical University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign graduate has a starting salary of around $55,000, and 48 percent report that their job has a great deal of meaning. Students feel that “you can’t get any better alumni networking and leadership opportunities than you do at UIUC.” Many students feel that “there are a lot of UIUC alumni in agencies” that they want to work for. Students applaud “the availability of highly regarded finance internships and full-time opportunities.” The Career Center at Illinois offers multiple job fairs for several different sorts of careers and majors as well as other excellent resources like the job board I-Link and drop-in career counseling.

Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bottom Line

The University of Illinois requires all first-year undergraduate students (who do not commute) to live on campus. The cost for a year of tuition, fees, room and board, and basic expenses averages $27,236 for Illinois residents. For nonresidents, the average is about $41,618. The average student indebtedness upon graduation is $24,657. Around three-quarters of students are recipients of financial aid; the average need-based gift aid comes to nearly $12,000.

Bang For Your Buck

The University of Illinois provides an incredibly wide array of undergraduate programs at a great price. A large percentage of the student population receives some form of financial assistance. The usual set of work-study, loans, and need-based grants is available, of course, along with a bounty of private and institutional scholarships. The school confers more than 1,500 individual merit-based scholarships each year. These awards vary considerably in value, and they are available to students who excel in academics, art, athletics, drama, leadership, music, and pretty much anything else. Alumni scholarships are available, too, if someone in your family is a graduate of U of I. There’s an online scholarship database at Illinois’s website that is definitely worth perusing. Application procedures vary, and so do the deadline dates.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$14,644

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$13,702

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,658

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
50%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$25,448

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$12,036
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$27,196
Required Fees
$3,662
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Yes
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$500

On-Campus Room and Board
$11,010
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
32,959
Foreign Countries Represented
114

Demographics

16.25%
Asian
5.44%
African-American
8.79%
Hispanic
50.71%
Caucasian
15.43%
International

44% female
56% male
9% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time

Students Say

"The diversity of the students here is astounding. Race, religion, major, you've got it all." Because in-state tuition is a major draw, "a majority of the students that you meet here will be from the Chicago suburbs," but the school also attracts "a wide variety of students from all across the world." "University of Illinois houses so many different types of students that the only way we are alike is our dedication to getting an education and our loyalty to UIUC." Undergrads feel that their peers "really know how to be academically successful," and shed state-school stereotypes like so many dirty socks: "It obviously takes a lot to get into this school so students aren't ready to throw it all away to sleep in every day." Social life changes as you find your "niche": "The typical student starts out going to a school of 40,000 students and are lucky if they know a handful of people. Within one week, life as that freshman student grows. There are so many opportunities to get involved on the floor of your residence hall, in organizations, in your classes, that it's hard not to make friends and close relationships."

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
50%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Cooperative
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing

Students Say

In terms of location, "campus is located perfectly between Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis, providing a unique atmosphere in town but close access to other urban areas for a change of pace." Students call social life "very exciting," and say, "The bars in downtown Champaign are great and super relaxed, plus there is an awesome music scene that most people don't expect from a college town." "People here like to party, but there are a lot of other fun things to do," whether it's "going to the Krannert Center to see plays or concerts" or the "movie theater and mall…on Saturday afternoons. ChampaignUrbana seems small to city kids, but to me it's the land of opportunity." Students relish the "nineteen-year-old bar age," and U of I also has "one of the largest Greek communities in the country." The combination of these facts does mean that "drinking culture is huge here" but "there's also tons to do beyond the bars." The range of social opportunities is nearly limitless: "There are 40,000 students, thousands of clubs, two gyms and several sport facilities, and array of establishments to explore on Green Street." As a whole, students report happily that "life is busy, but rewarding."

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES)

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Brad Hedrick

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
LD documentation should include: diagnostic interviews (developmental, medical, family histories); cognitive abilities (WAIS-III or IV); cognitive processing (WJ-III); and achievement scores with a diagnosis by a qualified professional.

Documentation Requred for ADHD
ADHD documentation should include: evidence of early impairment, extensive interview, developmental history, consideration of alternate diagnostic hypothesis, and psychological testing when appropriate. Documentation needs to include a diagnosis by a qualified professional.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
1,000
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

23% join a fraternity
23% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I


Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, sustainability permeates all facets of the culture. As a signatory to the ACUPCC, Illinois is committed to carbon neutrality by 2050. To date, the campus has already reduced energy use per square foot by 24 percent since FY08. The Energy Conservation Incentive Program is in its second year recognizing and incentivizing further reductions. Currently, all new buildings must meet LEED Gold standards, and the new Electrical and Computer Engineering Building is slated to be LEED Platinum—and net-zero energy. The school has also invested more than $100 million in building retrofits to ensure that the campus is more sustainable, uses less energy, and has less sprawl. At last count, 50 buildings at Illinois have been retro-commissioned, resulting in an average energy reduction of 28 percent per building. Other conservation efforts include a steam trap maintenance program, the installation of energy recovery wheels, the use of deferred maintenance program funds to purchase energy-related components, a water leak assessment and repair program, and LED exit sign installations. Due to the efforts of many individuals and departments, the total solid waste diversion rate is now 85.6 percent , this campus is a Bicycle Friendly University, and we plant native species whenever possible. Students at Illinois are very passionate about sustainability: Each student pays a fee for clean energy and for general campus sustainability. The Student Sustainability Committee manages the fee income (approximately $1.1 million annually) and funds sustainability projects on campus through a competitive proposal process.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
27%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2015.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
170

Average Number of PC's per Lab
20

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Apple, Sun Microsystems, HP

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Amber Kramme
Assistant Director of Campus Visits

Address
901 West Illinois Street
Urbana, IL 61801

Phone
217-333-0824

Email
visits@illinois.edu

Experience College Life


Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and select Saturdays
8:30am-5pm
217-333-0824

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 10am and 1pm and select Saturday
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
Other

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Visiting Center

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Limitations
N/A

Transportation