University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus

From the School

Fostering a diverse community of creative minds, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a leading public institution emphasizing innovative thinking, research opportunities, and collaborative work with renowned faculty.

Established as a land-grant university in 1867, the University of Illinois has a rich, committed history to teaching, research, and public engagement. Illinois offers unlimited opportunities with 150+ majors, 1,000+ student organizations, and 400+ study abroad options, along with countless research and leadership experiences. Students also enjoy Big Ten, Division I sports and impressive recreation facilities.


From The School

Admission is selective. Illinois performs a holistic review of your application in order to form a complete picture of you and how you can benefit from being a part of campus. In an admission decision, Illinois considers coursework, academic performance, class rank, ACT/SAT scores, application essays, extracurricular activities, volunteer work, work experience, and awards and honors.

Check the University of Illinois Admissions website,, for the most up-to-date information regarding dates and deadlines, as they are subject to change.

Freshmen—In 2014-2015, our application-filing period was September 1 to December 1, with admission decisions announced in mid-February. Students applying to performing arts majors (dance, music, or theatre) received their decisions by mid-March.

Transfers—In 2014-2015, the deadline for fall applicants was February 1, with admission decisions announced by mid-April.


Acceptance Rate

Test Scores

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


December 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


From The School

Academic Programs

Illinois provides a 148-year tradition of academic excellence and success. By learning from faculty members who are among the best in their fields, participating in undergraduate research, and gaining invaluable hands-on experience, Illinois students receive an education that's second to none.

Study Abroad—Over 30% of the Illinois student body studies abroad. All students are encouraged to do so, and there’s a program for you no matter your major or interests. With 400+ programs in 60+ countries, you can study in a different country over an academic break, throughout a semester, or even for an entire year. From learning about business in Hong Kong to studying cinema in London, the opportunities are endless.
Honors Programs-For high-achieving students, Illinois offers interconnected and cooperating honors programs at the campus, college, and departmental levels. Students can participate in more than one program over the course of an undergraduate career. Additionally, the National and International Scholarships Program assists high-achieving students in applying for various nationally competitive awards, such as the Rhodes and Fulbright scholarships.
Career Services-One of the most important resources on campus is The Career Center, which acts as an umbrella for both college and departmental career centers across campus. Having a network of centers will greatly benefit you as an Illinois student-not only will you be able to utilize the larger center, but you’ll also have access to a center that specializes in your specific major. The Career Center provides invaluable services like career counseling, pre-health advising, resume and cover letter reviews, mock interviews, and workshops on salary negotiations and professional etiquette.
Leadership Center—The Leadership Center's professionals are committed to helping you develop and enhance your executive skills through active participation in leadership consulting programs, leadership retreats, and a certificate program that involves extended leadership involvement through activities, classes, and employment.

Majors and Degrees Offered

The University of Illinois offers Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral degrees. Undergraduates can choose from 150+ majors, many of which are highly ranked, within 10 academic communities:
Colleges of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences
College of Applied Health Sciences
College of Business
College of Education
College of Engineering
College of Fine and Applied Arts
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
College of Media
Division of General Studies (for those who are "undeclared")
School of Social Work

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

  • Agricultural and Extension Education Services
  • Agricultural Business and Management, General
  • Agricultural Communication/Journalism
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Mechanization, General
  • Agricultural Public Services, Other
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Animal Sciences, General
  • Animal Sciences, Other
  • Animal/Livestock Husbandry and Production
  • Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General
  • Farm/Farm and Ranch Management
  • Food Science
  • Food Science and Technology, Other
  • Food Technology and Processing
  • Horticultural Science
  • International Agriculture
  • Ornamental Horticulture
  • Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)
  • City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
  • Landscape Architecture (BS, BSLA, BLA, MSLA, MLA, PhD)

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • East Asian Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Russian Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biophysics
  • Biotechnology
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology
  • Entomology
  • Microbiology, General
  • Physiology, General
  • Plant Molecular Biology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Accounting and Business/Management
  • Actuarial Science
  • Auditing
  • Banking and Financial Support Services
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Finance, General
  • Financial Planning and Services
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • Insurance
  • Logistics and Materials Management
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Management Science, General
  • Marketing Research
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Operations Management and Supervision
  • Organizational Behavior Studies
  • Purchasing, Procurement/Acquisitions and Contracts Management
  • Real Estate
  • Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Advertising
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Journalism
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Organizational Communication, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer and Information Systems Security
  • Computer Programming/Programmer, General
  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • Agricultural Teacher Education
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education
  • French Language Teacher Education
  • German Language Teacher Education
  • History Teacher Education
  • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
  • Latin Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Science Teacher Education
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

  • Engineering

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Agricultural/Biological Engineering and Bioengineering
  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Ceramic Sciences and Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer Hardware Engineering
  • Computer Software Engineering
  • Construction Engineering
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Engineering Physics
  • Engineering, General
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metallurgical Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Operations Research
  • Polymer/Plastics Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Transportation and Highway Engineering
  • Water Resources Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Composition
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Speech and Rhetorical Studies

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Child Development
  • Consumer Economics
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences Business Services, Other
  • Human Development and Family Studies, General
  • Human Nutrition

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Hebrew Language and Literature
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Portuguese Language and Literature
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Audiology/Audiologist and Hearing Sciences
  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Community Health and Preventive Medicine
  • Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
  • Environmental Health
  • Health Services Administration
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Pre-Law Studies

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Computational Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General
  • Statistics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • International/Global Studies
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Science, Technology and Society

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Forest Sciences and Biology
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy, Other
  • Natural Resources/Conservation, General
  • Urban Forestry
  • Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Economics, Other
  • Geography
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Transportation and Materials Moving

  • Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew
  • Aviation/Airway Management and Operations
  • Flight Instructor

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Acting
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Crafts/Craft Design, Folk Art and Artisanry
  • Dance, General
  • Directing and Theatrical Production
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Graphic Design
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Theatre Literature, History and Criticism

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.”


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Roger Ebert
Pulitzer Prize Winning Film Critic

Steve Chen and Jawed Karim
Founders of YouTube

Mannie Jackson
Owner, Harlem Globetrotters

Ang Lee
Award-Winning Filmmaker

Doris Kelley Christopher
Founder of The Pampered Chef

Ray Ozzie
Founder of Iris Associates; CSA of MicroSoft

Sheila Johnson
Co-founder of Black Entertainment Network

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary

Median Mid-Career Salary

Alumni with High Job Meaning

Return on Education (ROE) rating

Students Say

The typical University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign graduate has a starting salary of around $51,600, 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


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Undergraduate students at Illinois are guaranteed the same tuition rate for 4 continuous academic years. The estimated summary of expenses for 2015-2016 is as follows:
Residents Non-Residents International
Tuition and fees $15,636-20,640* $30,796-35,800* $31,626 $38,764*
Books and supplies $1,200 $1,200 $1,200
Room and board (10 meals/week) $11,010 $11,010 $11,010
Other expenses $2,500 $2,500 $2,500 Total $30,346-35,350* $45,506-50,510* $46,336 $53,474*
*The low end of the tuition range indicates the base rate for students initially enrolled after May 2014. Students enrolled in certain programs may have a higher tuition rate up to the high end of the range shown. For tuition details for specific programs, visit

Financial Aid

The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) assists students by awarding financial aid to help pay for educational expenses. Financial aid is available from federal, state, university, and private resources. There are 3 primary types of financial aid at Illinois: scholarships and grants, loans, and employment. Last year, over $812 million in financial aid funds were administered, and 72% of students received financial aid.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms


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

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
Tuition (Out-of-State)
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

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

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


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

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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

A great advantage of going to Illinois is that you can pick and choose how you'd like to get involved. You can continue to stay involved in something important to you, or you can try something new.

Illinois has 1,000+ student clubs to choose from, running the gamut from academic to philanthropic to athletic to just for fun! Even if you can’t find one that fits your interests, you can easily create your own.

As a Big Ten university, Illinois also has 21 Division I sports teams. Cheer with other fans as a member of the student cheering group, Illini Pride, at the historic Memorial Stadium or State Farm Center. Or join a team yourself-there are 43 traveling club sports teams, and Campus Recreation organizes 10 to 15 intramural sports for students each semester.

Finally, Illinois offers one of the largest Greek communities in the nation. About 23% of undergraduates participate through 97 fraternities and sororities, of which over 30% are culturally based.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



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.”


From The School


Centrally located among Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis, the University of Illinois is a large, public research institution with 32,000+ undergraduate and 11,000+ graduate students. It's one of the most diverse public universities in the Big Ten, and in-state students comprise about 58% of the undergraduate student body.

At Illinois, you'll find a traditional college environment where a majority of students live on campus and life is centered around the Quad. Campustown offers a large assortment of restaurants, shops, cafes, and nightlife venues. The wide variety of cultural opportunities enhances campus life by providing an inclusive and educational atmosphere.

Because of the university's stature and size, you'll be able to attend so many diverse and exciting events: top performances by nationally touring bands for student-friendly prices at the State Farm Center and The Canopy Club, renowned theatre and dance shows at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and hot-topic talks and lectures from award-winning speakers.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

You'll find everything from traditional campus classrooms to state-of-the-art research facilities at Illinois. Some of our highlights include:

Illini Union—As the central hub of campus, thousands of students pass through the Illini Union each day for its restaurants, shops, rec centers, lecture rooms, galleries, offices, and more. Year-round, you can study in its lounges, watch performances in the Courtyard Cafe, attend lectures from nationally touring speakers, or enjoy the Friday Illinites.

Student Dining and Residential Programs (SDRP)—Opened in 2010, SDRP is a dining facility and common area for students to learn and gather. It's been recognized with silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The main hall seats over 1,200 students and offers delicious and diverse options for each meal, including vegetarian, vegan, and dietary-specific menus. You'll also find a residential library, study rooms, a fitness area, and a new state-of-the-art residence hall for students with physical disabilities.

Cultural Centers and Houses—From La Casa Cultural Latina to the Japan House, Illinois cultural centers and houses help to host and encourage an inclusive, educational atmosphere on campus through celebrations of art, history, discourse, and community.

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts—At this world-renowned center, students and professionals showcase their talents in music, theatre, and dance. In fact, Krannert hosts 4,000 audience members on any given night and 300+ performances each year.

Libraries—Illinois is proud to have the 2nd-largest university library in the U.S. with 13,158,748 volumes. The Undergraduate and Main libraries, the foundation of 25+ departmental libraries and special collections, are even connected underground by a tunnel!

Business Instructional Facility (BIF)—Opened in 2009, BIF has earned the world's highest honor for sustainable, environmentally friendly construction and design with platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. It's the first such building at any public university business school in the world and boasts state-of-the-art classrooms, a trading floor, career development and academic counseling centers, student program offices, a recruitment suite, and a 300-seat auditorium.

Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Building—Opened in 2014, the new ECE Building is groundbreaking in both its design and use. The facility is striving to be net-zero energy capable and boasts 230,000 square feet of classrooms, labs, and offices, all platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified.

Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology-This interdisciplinary institute is devoted to cutting-edge research in the physical sciences, computation, engineering, biology, behavior, cognition, and neuroscience. More than 600 researchers from 40 departments work in Beckman.

Rec Centers—Campus Rec boasts two main centers, the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) and Campus Recreation Center East (CRCE), which offer abundant options for staying physically active. In fact, at 340,000 square feet, the ARC is one of the largest on-campus recreation centers in the country. You'll have access to a climbing wall, saunas, swimming pools, running tracks, courts, an instructional kitchen, fitness classes, a wellness center, and so much more. Campus Rec also provides an ice arena, many additional gyms and pools, and outdoor recreational spaces.

Sports Facilities—Illinois has a booming Big Ten spirit, and our major sports facilities are physical testaments to this. Both the State Farm Center and Memorial Stadium, home to our basketball and football teams, have undergone renovations as part of the ongoing Illinois Renaissance project to create a state-of-the-art Illini home advantage.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Champaign-Urbana is the ideal setting for your college education. As an active micro-urban community, C-U maintains an intimate small-town feel while offering big-city advantages. This means that you get a wide variety of delicious culinary options, a diverse live music scene that continually brings in national and independent acts, and an active visual and performing arts community. Exciting C-U events include:

Ebertfest—An annual weekend-long festival of movie screenings, actor visits, and panel discussions, established by Roger Ebert (American film critic, screenwriter, and Illinois alumnus).

Illinois Marathon—Ending on the 50-yard line of the university'sown Memorial Stadium, one of the best new marathons around.

Pygmalion Music Festival-An annual showcase of live music held in multiple locations throughout the downtowns of Champaign, Urbana, and campustown.

Market at the Square-Located in downtown Urbana, one of the largest and most diverse farmers' markets in Illinois.

Boneyard Arts Festival—A community-wide festival featuring over 100 different venues and offering an incredibly diverse range of spoken, performing, and visual art.

For more info about C-U, check out,, and

Student Organizations & Activities

A great advantage of going to Illinois is that you can pick and choose how you'd like to get involved. You can continue to stay involved in something important to you, or you can try something new.

Illinois has 1,000+ student clubs to choose from, running the gamut from academic to philanthropic to athletic to just for fun! Even if you can’t find one that fits your interests, you can easily create your own.

As a Big Ten university, Illinois also has 21 Division I sports teams. Cheer with other fans as a member of the student cheering group, Illini Pride, at the historic Memorial Stadium or State Farm Center. Or join a team yourself-there are 43 traveling club sports teams, and Campus Recreation organizes 10 to 15 intramural sports for students each semester.

Finally, Illinois offers one of the largest Greek communities in the nation. About 23% of undergraduates participate through 97 fraternities and sororities, of which over 30% are culturally based.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
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. Champaign-Urbana 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

Brad Hedrick

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

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

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

23% join a fraternity
23% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Fighting Illini)
10 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Fighting Illini)
12 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Day Care
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: The Office of LGBT Concerns;

Minority Support Groups: Minority Student Affairs: Afro-American Culture Program:; Asian-American Culture Center:; La Casa Culture Latina; Native American House

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus


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

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

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

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

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

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Developed Bicycle Plan

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Dell, Apple, Sun Microsystems, HP

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

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

Campus Visits Contact

Ms. Jennifer Piercy
Coordinator of the Campus Visitors Cente

1919 West Illinois Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Campus Town restaurants and shops
Krannert Center for Performing Arts
Assembly Hall
Multiple Campus Recreation Centers
Illini Student Union
On-campus Arboretum; The Japan House; extensive athletic facilities; historic round barns; Siebel Computer Science Center; spacious green space at the Central and Bardeen Quads; Papa Dels Pizza and Za's Italian Cafe

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Lake of the Woods Park
Allerton Park
Arcola Outlet Mall
Market Place Shopping Mall
Down-town Champaign night life
Kickapoo State Park, Amish tours in Arthur, Illinois, Lincoln Museum, Springfield, Illinois

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and select Saturdays

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

Information Sessions
Not Available


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Visiting Center

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available



Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Willard Airport (CMI), owned and operated by the University, is 8 miles from campus. American and Northwest airlines service the CMI airport. Taxis, limousines, and rental cars are available at the airport for the trip to campus. Amtrak provides daily service to Champaign from Chicago and from the south (through Memphis). The Amtrak station is in downtown Champaign, approximately 3 mile from campus. Taxis and city bus services are available from the station. Greyhound/Trailways provide national and regional service to/from Champaign. The bus station is 3 miles from campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-74 (E. and W.), take the Lincoln Ave. exit. Turn south on Lincoln Ave.; after 1.75 miles, turn right onto Illinois St. Proceed for 1 block to the Campus Visitors Center on the left in the Levis Faculty Center. From the north, head south on I-57 to I-74. Head east on I-74 to the Lincoln Ave. exit; then follow the preceding directions from that point. From the south, head north on I-57 to Exit 235, the junction with I-72. Head east; as you arrive in Champaign, I-72 becomes University Ave. Follow University Ave. east through Champaign, into Urbana, to Lincoln Ave. (approximately 3.5 miles). Turn right (south) on Lincoln; after the second light, turn right onto Illinois St. Proceed for 1 block to the Campus Visitors Center, which is on the left in the Levis Faculty Center.

Local Accommodations
You have 4 choices right on campus. On campus is Illini Union (1401 W. Green, Urbana; 217-333-1241), with modern rooms available at the low end of the moderate range. It's within walking distance of the campus tour, and has a bowling alley, eating facilities, and a game room. Hampton Inn is located on the campus border (1200 W. University, Champaign; 217-337-1100). The Hawthorn Suites(101 Trade Center Dr., Champaign; 217-398-3400) and the Hilton Garden Inn (1501 S. Neil Street, Champaign; 217-352-9970) are about a 3-minute drive to/from the admissions office, have an indoor pool, sauna, whirlpool, and weight room. Several inexpensive choices are within 5 miles of the school. Jumer's Castle Lodge (Lincoln Square, Urbana; 217-384-8800) is less than 2 miles from the university and offers an indoor pool, sauna, and Jacuzzi.