From the School

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.

Overview

Applicants
33,171
Acceptance Rate
62%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
560 - 670
SAT Math
700 - 780
ACT Composite
26 - 31

Deadlines


Regular
January 2

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Overall

From The School

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.

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.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
18:1
Total Faculty
1,893
with Terminal Degree
1,750

1,270
Men
623
Women
489
Minority
474
International

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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
82%
Graduate in 5 years
98%
Graduate in 6 years
100%

Majors

Accounting
Actuarial Science
Advertising
Aerospace Engineering
Agricultural Business and Management
Agricultural Economics
Agricultural Education
Agricultural Journalism
Agricultural Mechanization
Agricultural/Biological Engineering and Bioengineering
Agronomy and Crop Science
Animal Science
Anthropology
Architectural Engineering
Architecture
Art Education
Art History
Astronomy
Athletic Training
Biochemistry
Biomedical Engineering
Biotechnology
Botany/Plant Biology
Business Administration/Management
Ceramic Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry
Child Development
Civil Engineering
Classics
Communications Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Comparative Literature
Computer Engineering
Crafts
Dance
East Asian Studies
Economics
Electrical Engineering
Elementary Education
Engineering Mechanics
Engineering Physics
English
English Composition
Entomology
Entrepreneurship
Environmental Science
Film
Finance
Food Science
French
Game Design
Geography
Geology
German
Graphic Design
Hebrew
History
Horticulture
Hospitality
Human Development
Human Resources Management
Industrial Engineering
International Studies
Italian
Journalism
Kinesiology
Landscape Architecture
Latin American Studies
Linguistics
Logistics Management
Management Information Systems
Marketing
Mass Communication
Materials Science
Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering
Metallurgical Engineering
Microbiology
Music
Music Education
Music History
Natural Resources Conservation
Nuclear Engineering
Operations Management
Organizational Behavior Studies
Painting
Philosophy
Photography
Physics
Political Science
Portuguese
Pre-Veterinary Medicine
Psychology
Real Estate
Rehabilitation Services
Religious Studies
Russian
Sculpture
Sociology
Spanish
Special Education
Sport and Leisure Studies
Statistics
Sustainable Resource Management
Theatre
Urban Planning
Voice
Wildlife Management
Women's Studies

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

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

Overview

From The School

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 www.osfa.illinois.edu/cost.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
72
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
$13,672

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$12,363

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,540

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$24,507

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
52%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$7,612

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$11,834
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$26,216
Required Fees
$3,566
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

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

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

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

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

Overall

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.

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.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
32,695
Out of State
11%

International
18%
Foreign Countries Represented
123

Demographics

17.87%
Asian
6.45%
African-American
9.63%
Hispanic
62.25%
Caucasian
18.23%
International

44% female
56% male
11% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time

Overview

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.

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.”

Campus Life

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

Quality of life rating
72
First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
72

Housing Options

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

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
30

Number of Social Sororities
36
Number of Religious Organizations
95

21% join a fraternity
21% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Fighting Illini)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Gymnastics
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Fighting Illini)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Gymnastics
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: The Office of LGBT Concerns; http://www.odos.uiuc.edu/lgbt/

Minority Support Groups: Minority Student Affairs: http://www.omsa.uiuc.edu Afro-American Culture Program: http://www.odos.uiuc.edu/aacp/home/index.asp; Asian-American Culture Center: http://www.odos.uiuc.edu/aacc/; La Casa Culture Latina http://www.odos.uiuc.edu/lacasa/; Native American House http://www.nah.uiuc.edu/

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.

Green Rating
99
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

Carpool/Vanpool Matching 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

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
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, 2014.

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
85

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
Ms. Jennifer Piercy
Coordinator of the Campus Visitors Cente

Address
1919 West Illinois Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801

Phone
217-333-0824

Email
visits@uiuc.edu

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
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

Contact Email Address for Visit
tmichael@uiuc.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Visiting Center

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Limitations
N/A

Transportation

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.
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Key Stats

33,171
Applicants
32,695
Size
62%
Acceptance Rate
1360
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists