The Ivy Scholars guide to the University of Illinois’ culture, admissions, and other essential information for prospective students and their families.
Location: Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
Type: Public Research Institution
Population: 51,200 (33,800 undergrads)
The flagship university of the University of Illinois system, UIUC was founded as a land grant college to provide technical training and liberal education to the newly minted state of Illinois. A member of the Big 10 conference, the school is one of the top public schools and most competitive athletic programs in the country. Students go on to work in tech, finance, and numerous scientific fields.
Year Founded: 1867
4 Year Graduation Rate: 71%
Gender Distribution: 55% male, 45% female
Acceptance Rate: 62%
Residency: 87% in state, 3% out of state, 20% international
Location Type: College Town
Schedule System: Semesters
Student/Faculty Ratio: 20:1
Average Class Size: 30
Demographics: 45% Caucasian, 20% Other or unknown, 18% Asian, 11% Hispanic, 6% Black
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Average Applicant Pool: 39,000
Average Number of Applicants Accepted: 24,000
Average Number Enrolled: 7,500
Application Systems: Common App, Coalition App
Average GPA: 3.83 weighted
SAT Scores: 25th% – 1220, 75th% – 1480
ACT Scores: 25th% – 26, 75th% – 32
*Test mandatory. Writing sections are not required.
UIUC does not consider demonstrated interest.
Recommendation Letter Policies:
UIUC does not accept letters of recommendation, and will remove them from a student’s profile if they are included.
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Motto: Learning and Labor
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Residential Housing System:
There are 24 residence halls operated by the university. First year students are required to live on campus, many move off-campus or into greek housing after their first year. There are a number of private dorms which are affiliated with but not directly run by the university where some upperclassmen live.
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All students are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be eligible for aid from the school. Aid comes in the form of grants, loans, and student amployemnt. Illinois residents whose families make $67,100 or less each year are guaranteed full tuition benefits through the Illinois Commitment.
All admitted freshmen are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. These are primarily given out on the basis of academic performance. Many of the colleges offer their own merit-based aid, in addition to the university-wide programs. The honors programs offer further funding opportunities.