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University of Illinois Admissions

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

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should hear back from University of Illinois by February 15.

University of Illinois Admissions Stats at a Glance

University of Illinois 2021 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 52%
Mean SAT Score 1345
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 75%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 50%
Waitlist Yes

Considering Applying Early to University of Illinois?

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is November 1, which is coming up fast! University of Illinois will release EA admissions decisions no later than February 28.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

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

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to University of Illinois?

Getting into University of Illinois is very difficult. University of Illinois evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, University of Illinois accepted 63% of students, around 27,483 of the 43,412 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like University of Illinois, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is very difficult.

In 2021, University of Illinois waitlisted 1,935 students. Of those, 1,204 eventually were offered a spot.

What's Most Important to Get In to University of Illinois?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. 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 put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at University of Illinois

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Not Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Not Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Volunteer Work Considered

University of Illinois 2021-2022 Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements audition or portfolio
Transcript of High School Record

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

Out of all students that were admitted, 22.7% submitted a class rank. At University of Illinois 52% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 86% were in the top 25% and 99% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 22.7%

University of Illinois does consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

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

In 2021, 75% of University of Illinois's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 50% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for University of Illinois?

To be competitive with other University of Illinois applicants, you should strive to earn between 1220 and 1450 (or higher!) on the SAT. At University of Illinois 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1450 and 25% of scored lower than 1220, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a University of Illinois student is 1345.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of University of Illinois students scored 770 or higher and 75% of students scored 590 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of University of Illinois students scored 700 or higher, and 75% scored a 590 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for University of Illinois?

To be most competitive at University of Illinois, you should strive to earn between 27 and 33 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 33 means you fall in the 75th percentile for University of Illinois's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 33, and three out of four students scored lower than 33 on the ACT.

A 27 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for University of Illinois students. Only one out of every four students scored below 27.

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

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. University of Illinois accepts:

  • ACE recommendations for credit

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?

University of Illinois is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is University of Illinois's acceptance rate?

University of Illinois's acceptance rate is 63%.

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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 63%. This means that the institution accepts 63 out of every 100 applicants.



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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

27 - 33

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

33 and Above


27 to 33


27 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 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

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1450 and Above


1220 to 1450


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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 GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

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