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About University of Illinois

University of Illinois Early Decision Results Release Date 2021

University of Illinois will release their Early Decision results on Wednesday December 15th. Share results and connect with other early applicants in the University of Illinois Community discussion.

Good luck to all early applicants!

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Overview

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a public, state school in an urban setting in Champaign, Illinois. University of Illinois was founded in 1867 and now enrolls around 52,679 students a year, including 33,683 undergrads. University of Illinois provides housing for students. Most students live in off campus housing.

There are many ways for students to get involved at University of Illinois! Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of University of Illinois's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or 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 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.

Learn more about life at University of Illinois on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! The final application deadline for Fall 2022 is January 5. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should hear from University of Illinois by February 15.

2021 University of Illinois Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 63%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 0%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 75%
In-State Tuition $12,254
Out-of-State $29,704
Percent of Need Met 70%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $20,640

Is University of Illinois a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a college is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Let's take a closer look at all of these areas to get a clearer sense of what University of Illinois offers and if it could be a good fit for you.

University of Illinois Acceptance Rate 2021

It is very difficult to get into University of Illinois. The acceptance rate at University of Illinois is 63%. Out of 43,412 applications received in 2021, 27,483 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Illinois

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

About 93% of students who start at University of Illinois return the next year. University of Illinois's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 86%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook University of Illinois Graduates

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

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 70% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend University of Illinois full-time are awarded $20,640 a year in financial aid, on average.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $24,766 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit 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, how does University of Illinois sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is University of Illinois a good school for you?

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Where is University of Illinois?

University of Illinois is located in the urban setting of Champaign, Illinois.

If you want to see University of Illinois for yourself, 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


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University of Illinois ACT Scores


ACT Range

27 - 33

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to University of Illinois is 30. Students with an ACT score of 33 and above have a good chance of getting into University of Illinois. Students with an ACT score that falls between 27 and 33 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 27 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

University of Illinois SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1220 - 1450


Math SAT Range

620 - 770


Reading SAT Range

590 - 700

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1450 and Above


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for University of Illinois students is 1345. Applicants with SAT scores of 1450 and above have a good chance of being admitted to University of Illinois, while applicants with SAT scores between 1220 to 1450 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1220 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 52,679 students enrolled at University of Illinois, including 33,683 undergraduate students and 18,996 graduate students. 95% percent of students attend school full-time, 89% percent are from IL and 11% percent of students are from other states.


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