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Colleges / University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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

University of Illinois Admissions

If you are applying to University of Illinois, the regular decision application deadline is January 5 and the fee for the application is $75.

Students who apply to University of Illinois for fall should receive an admissions decision no later than February 15.

University of Illinois Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of University of Illinois's admissions stats.

University of Illinois 2022 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 54%
Mean SAT Score 1410
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 43%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 24%
Waitlist Yes

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action No –– ––
Regular Decision Yes January 1 February 15

Want to Apply Early to University of Illinois?

University of Illinois does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ Explore a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Admissions

Transferring to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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

For Students Waitlisted to University of Illinois

In 2022, University of Illinois waitlisted 2,455 students and 1,517 accepted a place on the waitlist.

What's Most Important for Getting Into University of Illinois?

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 they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at University of Illinois

What does University of Illinois 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
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Application Essay Important
Talent/Ability Important
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
State Residency Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

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

University of Illinois 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to University of Illinois, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with University of Illinois's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Other Requirements audition or portfolio
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into University of Illinois?

University of Illinois has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.

Out of all students that were admitted, 18% submitted a class rank. At University of Illinois 54% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 85% were in the top 25% and 99% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA ––
3.75 and 3.99 ––
3.50 and 3.74 ––
3.25 and 3.49 ––
3.00 and 3.24 ––
2.50 and 2.9 ––
2.00 and 2.49 ––

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 University of Illinois 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

University of Illinois looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

University of Illinois is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 43% of University of Illinois's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 24% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for University of Illinois?

To be competitive with other University of Illinois applicants, you should strive to earn between 1340 and 1510 (or higher!) on the SAT. At University of Illinois 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1510 and 25% of scored lower than 1340, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a University of Illinois student is 1410.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of University of Illinois students scored 790 or higher and 75% of students scored 650 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of University of Illinois students scored 740 or higher, and 75% scored a 650 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for University of Illinois?

To be most competitive at University of Illinois, you should strive to earn between 29 and 34 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 34 means you fall in the 75th percentile for University of Illinois's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 34, and three out of four students scored lower than 34 on the ACT.

A 29 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for University of Illinois students. Only one out of every four students scored below 29.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to University of Illinois.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is March 1. Applicants should hear back by April 15.

Transfer students can enroll in University of Illinois during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

• Summer Term

University of Illinois Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to University of Illinois?

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

Does University of Illinois accept transfer credits?

✅ University of Illinois accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

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

✅ University of Illinois accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to University of Illinois?

❌ No, University of Illinois is test optional, so you can decide whether to send your standardized test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is University of Illinois's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for University of Illinois is 60%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at University of Illinois?

❌ University of Illinois does not offer early decision.

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University of Illinois Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into University of Illinois? University of Illinois is a very selective institution. The University of Illinois acceptance rate is 60%. This means that the institution accepts 59 out of every 100 applicants.


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 GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

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

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