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Colleges / Illinois College

Illinois College

Jacksonville, IL 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate81%

Illinois College Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into Illinois College. The college admitted 81% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 3,091 applications received in 2023, 2,497 students were offered admission.

Check in with Illinois College's admissions department for any important information, including application fees.

Students who submit their applications to Illinois College for the fall semester should hear back from Illinois College by September 15.

Illinois College Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Illinois College's admissions stats.

Illinois College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 16.2%
Mean SAT Score 1063
Admissions Test Policy Not optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 63.8%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 12.9%
Waitlist No

Illinois College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Illinois College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes December 1 December 23

Considering Applying Early to Illinois College?

Illinois College does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is December 1. Illinois College will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 23.

Some students apply early because they hope it will help their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of being admitted, since it demonstrates your interest in a school.

➡️ Find a list of some competetive colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Illinois College Admissions

Transferring to Illinois College

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Illinois College

Illinois College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Illinois College Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Illinois College

What does Illinois College consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Class Rank Important
Application Essay Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Interview Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Talent/Ability Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Illinois College for more information on admission factors.

Illinois College 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Illinois College, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check with Illinois College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.5
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript(S) of College Record
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Illinois College?

Students admitted to Illinois College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6. At Illinois College 16.2% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 43.2% were in the top 25% and 77.3% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Illinois College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 26.5%
3.75 and 3.99 20%
3.50 and 3.74 17.5%
3.25 and 3.49 14.5%
3.00 and 3.24 10.5%
2.50 and 2.9 9.5%
2.00 and 2.49 1.5%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Illinois College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Illinois College does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 63.8% of Illinois College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 12.9% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Illinois College?

To be competitive with other Illinois College applicants, you should strive to earn between 960 and 1110 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Illinois College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1110 and 25% of scored lower than 960, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Illinois College student is 1063.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Illinois College students scored 565 or higher and 75% of students scored 480 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Illinois College students scored 565 or higher, and 75% scored a 480 or higher.

To be most competitive at Illinois College, you should strive to earn between 21 and 26 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 26 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Illinois College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 26, and three out of four students scored lower than 26 on the ACT.

A 21 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Illinois College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 21.

More Information on Transferring to Illinois College

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Illinois College.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is August 15. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Illinois College during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Illinois College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Illinois College?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Illinois College.

Does Illinois College accept transfer credits?

✅ Illinois College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Illinois College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

❌ Illinois College does not accept International Baccalaureate credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Illinois College?

✅ Illinois College is not test optional.

What is Illinois College's acceptance rate?

✅ Illinois College has an acceptance rate of 81%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Illinois College?

❌ Illinois College does not offer early decision.

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Illinois College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Illinois College? Illinois College is a somewhat selective institution. The Illinois College acceptance rate is 81%. This means that the institution accepts 80 out of every 100 applicants.


Illinois College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Not available

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 15

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Illinois College is Aug 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Illinois College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

960 - 1110


Math SAT Range

480 - 565


Reading SAT Range

480 - 565

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1110 and Above


960 to 1110


960 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Illinois College students is 1063. Applicants with SAT scores of 1110 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Illinois College, while applicants with SAT scores between 960 to 1110 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 960 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Illinois College.

Illinois College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Illinois College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.65. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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