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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Overview

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a public institution situated in Champaign, Illinois. 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?

9,048 Undergraduate Awards
$40,356 Avg Cost After Aid
63% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at UIUC have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 2%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at UIUC.
  • In 2017-2018, 74% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, UIUC bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $61,500 a year. That's about 51% more than their peers at other schools.
  • The average UIUC student graduates in 4.2 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Rankings

UIUC is ranked #96 out of 2,587 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2022 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. UIUC also holds the #4 spot on the Best Colleges in Illinois ranking.

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
#46 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#106 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 Engineering Mechanics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Information Science Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure & Fitness Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Computer & Information Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#33 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#34 Best Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#36 Best Education 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
#18 Best Computer Science Schools Computer Science Degree
#21 Best Computer & Information Sciences Schools College Factual
#22 Best Communication & Journalism Schools College Factual
#24 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Schools College Factual
#37 Best Business, Management & Marketing Schools College Factual
#72 Best Health Professions Schools College Factual

Where Is University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign?

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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 neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UIUC?

63% Acceptance Rate
48% Of Accepted Are Women
75% Submit SAT Scores
UIUC has an acceptance rate of 63%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

Approximately 52% of accepted students are men and 48% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 58%, and the acceptance rate for women is 70%.

Average Test Scores

About 75% 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 590 and 690. Math scores were between 610 and 770.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  ( 590 to 690 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  ( 610 to 770 )
200
800
UIUC received ACT scores from 50% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 26 and 34. Math scores were between 26 and 33. Composite scores were between 27 and 33.

ACT English Scores for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  ( 26 to 34 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  ( 26 to 33 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  ( 27 to 33 )
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36

Can I Afford University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign?

$40,356 Net Price
36% Take Out Loans
2.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UIUC is $40,356. 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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At UIUC, approximately 36% of students took out student loans averaging $6,531 a year. That adds up to $26,124 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UIUC is 2.4%. 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

32,107 Full-Time Undergraduates
47% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 33,683 undergraduate students at UIUC, with 32,107 being full-time and 1,576 being part-time.

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There are also 18,996 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 32,107 full-time undergraduates at UIUC, 53% are male and 47% are female.

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Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 6,397
Black or African American 2,085
Hispanic or Latino 4,525
White 13,475
International Students 4,175
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,450

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

30,628 Took All Classes Online
50,734 Took At Least One Class Online
126.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 50,734 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 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of UIUC

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was $17,086 for in-state students. Out-of-state students paid $33,222. The following table shows how UIUC is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Biomedical Engineering #4 #4
Systems Theory #4 #4
Linguistics & Comparative Literature #4 #4
Food Science Technology #4 #4
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies #7 #7
Education Philosophy #10 #13
Public Relations & Advertising #13 #24
Plant Sciences #16 #16
Environmental Engineering #16 #16
Natural Resources Conservation #22 #28
Foreign Languages & Linguistics #28 #28
Marketing #28 #76
Computer Science #37 #43
Natural Resources & Conservation #40 #43
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods #44 #87
Communication & Media Studies #45 #63
Civil Engineering #52 #52
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering #52 #49
Mechanical Engineering #70 #70
Information Science #71 #82
Industrial Engineering #73 #70
Electrical Engineering #73 #73

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 126.1%. This is the #368 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at UIUC regardless of major.

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
Business Administration & Management 135 0 695 8 838
Computer Science 291 0 384 48 723
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 110 0 517 4 631
Child Development & Psychology 542 0 29 19 590
Economics 490 0 76 15 581
Electrical Engineering 221 0 186 65 472
Statistics 335 0 94 7 436
Accounting 374 0 0 0 374
Information Science 0 3 358 13 374
Civil Engineering 180 0 151 36 367
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 338 0 6 6 350
Computer Engineering 341 0 0 0 341
Communication & Media Studies 317 0 2 17 336
Mechanical Engineering 179 0 70 51 300
Public Relations & Advertising 245 0 24 0 269
Political Science & Government 259 0 4 5 268
Finance & Financial Management 256 0 0 0 256
Chemistry 173 0 13 49 235
Social Work 78 0 151 3 232
Agricultural Economics & Business 204 0 7 8 219
Public Health 193 0 16 3 212
Mathematics 168 0 12 31 211
Health & Physical Education 179 0 15 10 204
General Education 13 2 169 13 197
Architectural Sciences & Technology 91 0 81 2 174
Animal Science 128 0 26 11 165
Chemical Engineering 143 0 10 12 165
Marketing 127 0 35 0 162
Management Information Systems 161 0 0 0 161
General English Literature 126 0 11 15 152
Food Science Technology 99 0 40 11 150
Law 0 0 0 149 149
Applied Mathematics 0 0 143 5 148
Human Resource Management 0 0 138 3 141
Music 51 5 47 38 141
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 95 0 35 9 139
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 99 0 29 2 130
Agricultural Engineering 108 0 11 8 127
Materials Engineering 87 0 14 26 127
Physics 68 0 14 39 121
Teacher Education Grade Specific 105 0 14 0 119
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 118 0 0 0 118
Design & Applied Arts 108 0 0 0 108
Communication Sciences 80 0 19 8 107
History 87 0 3 15 105
Health Sciences & Services 104 0 0 0 104
Teacher Education Subject Specific 46 0 48 8 102
Natural Resources Conservation 67 0 26 7 100
Biomedical Engineering 55 0 30 11 96
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 93 0 93
Industrial Engineering 68 0 13 4 85
Sustainability Science 41 0 37 5 83
Legal Research 0 0 79 2 81
Mathematics & Computer Science 80 0 0 0 80
Romance Languages 62 0 5 12 79
Engineering Physics 77 0 0 0 77
Sociology 65 0 5 4 74
Human Development & Family Studies 73 0 0 0 73
Systems Engineering 61 0 2 7 70
Plant Sciences 37 0 22 10 69
Journalism 61 0 5 0 66
Nuclear Engineering 30 0 22 11 63
Operations Research 0 0 62 0 62
Computer Information Systems 60 0 0 0 60
Geography & Cartography 30 0 14 10 54
Fine & Studio Arts 36 0 15 3 54
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 25 0 19 8 52
International Studies 50 0 0 0 50
Drama & Theater Arts 32 0 16 0 48
Systems Theory 45 0 0 0 45
Special Education 26 0 8 5 39
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 20 0 3 15 38
Astronomy & Astrophysics 34 0 2 2 38
Writing Studies 35 0 1 0 36
Anthropology 23 0 2 10 35
Engineering Mechanics 22 0 6 6 34
Philosophy 29 0 0 5 34
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 19 0 13 2 34
Area Studies 18 0 14 1 33
Environmental Engineering 0 0 22 10 32
Ethnic Studies 29 0 0 0 29
Curriculum & Instruction 0 2 16 10 28
Agricultural Public Services 23 0 0 0 23
Dance 19 0 4 0 23
Geological & Earth Sciences 15 0 3 4 22
General Engineering 0 0 20 0 20
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 9 7 16
Teaching English or French 0 0 15 0 15
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 7 7 14
Educational Assessment 0 0 7 6 13
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 0 12 12
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 11 0 0 0 11
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 9 0 9
Botany/Plant Biology 0 0 1 8 9
Education Philosophy 0 0 1 8 9
Nutrition Science 0 0 2 7 9
Zoology 0 0 2 6 8
Classical Languages & Literature 2 0 1 5 8
Biotechnology 0 0 7 0 7
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 6 6
Educational Administration 0 0 0 6 6
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 4 0 0 2 6
Liberal Arts General Studies 6 0 0 0 6
General Biology 2 0 0 2 4
Engineering Technology (Other) 4 0 0 0 4
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 3 0 3
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 0 1 2 3
Agricultural Production 0 0 2 0 2
Religious Studies 0 0 2 0 2
Legal Professions (Other) 0 0 1 0 1
General Architecture 0 0 0 0 0
Other Business, Management & Marketing 0 0 0 0 0
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Taxation 0 0 0 0 0
Other Education 0 0 0 0 0
Germanic Languages 0 0 0 0 0
Allied Health Professions 0 0 0 0 0
Medicine 0 0 0 0 0
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 0 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 0 0
Crafts, Folk Art & Artisanry 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 9,048 12 4,346 1,020 14,426

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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