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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Champaign, IL 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate60%
Acceptance Rate60%

About University of Illinois

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Overview

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a public, state school in the urban setting of Champaign, Illinois. University of Illinois was founded in 1867 and the school currently enrolls around 56,607 students a year, including 34,779 undergraduates. University of Illinois offers housing for up to 12,000 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing. On the weekends, about 95% of students stay on-campus and participate in campus events and social life.

📆 Mark your calendar! The final application deadline for Fall 2023 is January 5. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should find out if they have been admitted by February 15.

There are many ways for students to get involved at University of Illinois!

Are you interested in music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? University of Illinois students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Thinking of pledging? University of Illinois has both fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? University of Illinois has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at University of Illinois on the Student Life page.

2022 University of Illinois Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 60%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 43%
In-State Tuition $17,138
Out-of-State $35,110
Percent of Need Met 71%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $19,449

Is University of Illinois a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is.

Let's take a look at these factors to get a better sense of what University of Illinois offers and if the school seems like a good choice for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois is very difficult to get into. Around 60% of applicants get into University of Illinois each year. Out of 47,527 applications received in 2022, 28,352 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Illinois

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It is a way to measure how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 94% of first-year, full-time undergrads who start at University of Illinoisreturn for the next year. Around 85% of students who started at University of Illinois earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for University of Illinois Grads

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from University of Illinois by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads.

Check with University of Illinois directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Tuition and Financial Aid at University of Illinois

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

University of Illinois meets 71% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend University of Illinois full-time are awarded $19,449 a year in financial aid, on average.

Graduates in the class of 2022 had an average of $23,662 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at University of Illinois.

Based on this information, does University of Illinois seem like a good fit? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is University of Illinois a good school for you?

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Where is University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Located?

University of Illinois is located in the city of Champaign, Illinois.

If you want to see University of Illinois for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take U.S. Interstate 57 to Champaign, or book a flight to the nearest airport, University of Illinois Willard.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what University of Illinois and Champaign are like without leaving home.

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College Info

601 East John Street Champaign, IL 61820

Campus Setting: Urban

University of Illinois Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 5

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to University of Illinois is Jan 5.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to University of Illinois is Mar 1.

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

University of Illinois ACT Scores


ACT Range

29 - 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

34 and Above


29 to 34


29 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to University of Illinois is 31. Students with an ACT score of 34 and above have a good chance of getting into University of Illinois. Students with an ACT score that falls between 29 and 34 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 29 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

University of Illinois SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1340 - 1510


Math SAT Range

580 - 790


Reading SAT Range

650 - 740

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1510 and Above


1340 to 1510


1340 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for University of Illinois students is 1410. Applicants with SAT scores of 1510 and above have a good chance of being admitted to University of Illinois, while applicants with SAT scores between 1340 to 1510 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1340 have a low chance of being offered a spot at University of Illinois.

University of Illinois Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at University of Illinois is like? There are approximately 56,607 students enrolled at University of Illinois, including 34,779 undergraduate students and 21,828 graduate students. 96% percent of students attend school full-time, 86% percent are from IL and 14% percent of students are from other states.


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