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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Overview

Located in Champaign, Illinois, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a public institution. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

What Is University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Known For?

8,983 Undergraduate Awards
$39,248 Avg Cost After Aid
62% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at UIUC is 2%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at UIUC.
  • In 2017-2018, 75% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from UIUC makes roughly $61,500 a year. This is 51% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • It takes the average UIUC student 4.2 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Rankings

UIUC landed the #107 spot in our 2021 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 2,320 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. It is also ranked #6 out of 98 schools in Illinois.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

UIUC has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#22 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#26 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#46 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#69 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UIUC.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Education Philosophy Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Special Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Best Psychology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards UIUC has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies College Factual
#2 Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies College Factual
#14 Best Teaching Schools Teaching Degree Search
#21 Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual
#29 Best Colleges for Education College Factual
#55 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual

Where Is University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign?

Location of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Contact details for UIUC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 601 E John Street, Champaign, IL 61820-5711
Phone: 217-333-1000
Website: www.illinois.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/illinois.edu
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/Illinois_Alma

How Do I Get Into UIUC?

You can apply to UIUC online at: admissions.illinois.edu/apply

Admission Requirements for UIUC

Submission Required?
High School GPA neither required nor recommended
High School Rank considered but not required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL considered but not required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UIUC?

62% Acceptance Rate
48% Of Accepted Are Women
22% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at UIUC is 62%, which is a sign that the school is fairly selective. While it may not be as hard to get into as other colleges, you should not take admission for granted.

Approximately 52% of accepted students are men and 48% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 57%, and the acceptance rate for women is 68%.

Average Test Scores

About 22% of students accepted to UIUC submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 630 and 710. Math scores were between 710 and 790.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  ( 630 to 710 )
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800

SAT Math Scores for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  ( 710 to 790 )
200
800
UIUC received ACT scores from 85% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 25 and 33. Math scores were between 25 and 33. Composite scores were between 26 and 32.

ACT English Scores for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  ( 25 to 33 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  ( 25 to 33 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  ( 26 to 32 )
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36

Can I Afford University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign?

$39,248 Net Price
40% Take Out Loans
1.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UIUC is $39,248. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At UIUC, approximately 40% of students took out student loans averaging $6,816 a year. That adds up to $27,264 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UIUC is 1.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Undergraduate Student Diversity

32,854 Full-Time Undergraduates
47% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 34,120 undergraduate students at UIUC, with 32,854 being full-time and 1,266 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  UIUC

There are also 17,485 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 32,854 full-time undergraduates at UIUC, 53% are male and 47% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UIUC

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UIUC Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 6,250
Black or African American 2,071
Hispanic or Latino 4,229
White 14,007
International Students 4,931
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,366

Geographic Diversity

Illinois students aren't the only ones who study at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At this time, 40 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 116 countries are represented at UIUC. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

4,767 Took All Classes Online
17,270 Took At Least One Class Online
35.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 1 bachelor’s degree and 30 master’s degree programs available online at UIUC. In 2017-2018, 17,270 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at UIUC has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 3rd most popular in Illinois for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of UIUC

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was 35.4%. This is the #618 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UIUC regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of UIUC majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 5%
Biomedical Engineering 2%
Business Administration & Management 21%
Business, Management & Marketing 10%
Computer & Information Sciences 19%
Computer Science 13%
Education 6%
Electrical Engineering 3%
Engineering 1%
General Education 18%
Information Science 56%
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 8%
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 84%
Marketing 25%
Mechanical Engineering 8%
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 33%
Natural Resources & Conservation 5%
Natural Resources Conservation 5%
Psychology 3%
Public Relations & Advertising 3%
Systems Theory 9%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 11%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at UIUC ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at UIUC.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Linguistics & Comparative Literature #1
Food Science Technology #1
Plant Sciences #1
Education Philosophy #1
Systems Theory #1
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies #2
Natural Resources Conservation #3
Industrial Engineering #3
Biomedical Engineering #3
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering #3
Natural Resources & Conservation #4
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations #4
Civil Engineering #5
Mechanical Engineering #5
Electrical Engineering #6
Foreign Languages & Linguistics #6
Information Science #6
Public Relations & Advertising #7
Library Science #7
Library & Information Science #7
Computer Science #12
Engineering #13
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology #15
Communication & Media Studies #16
Curriculum & Instruction #18
Human Resource Management #19
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #20
Marketing #21
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #25
Teacher Education Subject Specific #25
Communication & Journalism #27
General Education #27
Psychology #43
Accounting #43
Educational Administration #43
Computer & Information Sciences #59
Education #124
Business Administration & Management #164
Business, Management & Marketing #206

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Computer Science 348 0 286 42 676
Business Administration & Management 164 0 405 3 572
Child Development & Psychology 490 0 37 26 553
Economics 450 0 79 23 552
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 103 0 410 5 518
Electrical Engineering 260 0 157 54 471
Civil Engineering 180 0 217 45 442
Statistics 315 0 77 5 397
Accounting 370 0 3 0 373
Mechanical Engineering 216 0 112 44 372
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 357 0 0 5 362
Computer Engineering 355 0 0 0 355
Communication & Media Studies 279 0 4 13 296
Finance & Financial Management 287 0 0 0 287
Public Relations & Advertising 219 0 25 0 244
Library & Information Science 0 1 236 5 242
Public Health 204 0 28 4 236
Mathematics 168 0 33 29 230
Political Science & Government 219 0 4 7 230
Social Work 78 0 146 4 228
General Education 20 2 185 11 218
Chemistry 161 0 9 41 211
Agricultural Economics & Business 197 0 3 6 206
Marketing 171 0 28 0 199
Health & Physical Education 183 0 6 9 198
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 130 0 53 9 192
Architectural Sciences & Technology 90 0 97 1 188
Chemical Engineering 149 0 15 9 173
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 153 0 0 0 153
Management Information Systems 152 0 0 0 152
Music 58 2 39 52 151
Animal Science 117 0 20 13 150
Food Science Technology 89 0 45 9 143
Information Science 0 0 132 9 141
Agricultural Engineering 107 0 20 7 134
Applied Mathematics 0 0 133 1 134
Teacher Education Grade Specific 118 0 15 0 133
Veterinary Medicine 0 0 0 127 127
Human Resource Management 0 0 122 1 123
Materials Engineering 84 0 16 23 123
Law 0 0 0 122 122
Physics 74 0 15 33 122
Teacher Education Subject Specific 71 0 39 11 121
Biomedical Engineering 68 0 31 18 117
Industrial Engineering 73 0 38 4 115
Communication Sciences 87 0 18 9 114
General English Literature 96 0 5 11 112
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 68 0 31 5 104
Sustainability Science 47 0 48 3 98
Engineering Physics 85 0 0 0 85
Natural Resources Conservation 60 0 21 4 85
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 82 0 82
Plant Sciences 45 0 21 10 76
History 67 0 3 6 76
Design & Applied Arts 75 0 0 0 75
Romance Languages 59 0 4 6 69
Health Sciences & Services 67 0 0 0 67
International Studies 66 0 0 0 66
Human Development & Family Studies 65 0 0 0 65
Journalism 57 0 6 0 63
Operations Research 0 0 61 0 61
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 30 0 23 8 61
Mathematics & Computer Science 59 0 0 0 59
Systems Engineering 52 0 4 0 56
Systems Theory 55 0 0 0 55
Sociology 49 0 4 2 55
Nuclear Engineering 30 0 13 9 52
Legal Research 0 0 48 2 50
Anthropology 37 0 10 2 49
Drama & Theater Arts 27 0 20 2 49
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 28 0 0 19 47
Special Education 27 0 15 5 47
Engineering Mechanics 34 0 4 8 46
Environmental Engineering 0 0 35 4 39
Geography & Cartography 21 0 11 7 39
Philosophy 35 0 0 1 36
Geological & Earth Sciences 31 0 1 4 36
Area Studies 18 0 13 4 35
Computer Information Systems 34 0 0 0 34
Writing Studies 25 0 8 0 33
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 18 0 8 6 32
Fine & Studio Arts 15 0 13 3 31
Curriculum & Instruction 0 2 22 6 30
Ethnic Studies 22 0 0 0 22
General Engineering 0 0 21 0 21
Astronomy & Astrophysics 8 0 7 5 20
Teaching English or French 0 0 19 0 19
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 7 9 16
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 2 12 14
Dance 11 0 3 0 14
General Biology 2 0 2 8 12
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 0 0 9 3 12
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 0 11 11
Nutrition Science 0 0 3 8 11
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 1 4 6 11
Agricultural Public Services 10 0 0 0 10
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 6 4 10
Educational Administration 0 0 1 8 9
Liberal Arts General Studies 9 0 0 0 9
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 9 0 0 0 9
Education Philosophy 0 0 1 7 8
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 0 3 5 8
Religious Studies 3 0 4 0 7
Engineering Technology (Other) 6 0 0 0 6
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 6 0 6
Agricultural Production 0 0 5 0 5
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 5 0 5
Zoology 0 0 1 4 5
Classical Languages & Literature 2 0 1 2 5
Legal Professions (Other) 0 0 4 0 4
Biotechnology 0 0 3 0 3
Botany/Plant Biology 0 0 2 1 3
Germanic Languages 1 0 0 1 2
Crafts, Folk Art & Artisanry 2 0 0 0 2
General Architecture 1 0 0 0 1
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 1 0 0 0 1
Other Business, Management & Marketing 0 0 0 0 0
Taxation 0 0 0 0 0
Other Education 0 0 0 0 0
Allied Health Professions 0 0 0 0 0
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 0 0 0 0
Medicine 0 0 0 0 0
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 8,983 8 3,991 1,070 14,052

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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