University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign

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601 E. John Street

Champaign, IL 61820-5711

Phone: (217) 333-1000
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Jan. 2
application deadline

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#41 Overall Score: 64 out of 100. National Universities

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University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign is a public institution that was founded in 1867. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 32,281, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 1,783 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 41. Its in-state tuition and fees are $15,258 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $29,640 (2013-14).

The University of Illinois is located in the twin cities of Urbana and Champaign in east-central Illinois, only a few hours from Chicago, Indianapolis and St. Louis. The school’s Fighting Illini participate in more than 20 NCAA Division I varsity sports and are part of the Big Ten Conference. The university boasts the largest Greek system in the world, and almost a quarter of the student body is involved. It’s not hard to find something to do on campus with more than 1,000 student organizations, including professional, political and philanthropic clubs. All freshmen are required to live on campus.

University of IllinoisUrbana-Champaign comprises 17 schools and colleges. Its Graduate School of Library and Information Science, College of Engineering and Department of Psychology are among the best in the country. The school’s College of Business, College of Education and College of Law are also highly ranked. The school is classified as a university with very high research activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University of Illinois was the first school to provide disability access to all university services, curricula and facilities. Notable alumni include Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert and the co-founder of YouTube, Steve Chen. 

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the state's flagship institution: a classic land grant university, dedicated to its traditional excellence in education, research, and public engagement, and driven to innovate in each of these missions.

More than 1,850 Urbana-Champaign faculty members lead more than 40,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students in a process of discovery and learning in 16 colleges and schools and more than 80 research centers and labs.

Undergraduates make up three-quarters of the student population. Roughly 80 percent of the undergraduate students come from the 102 counties of Illinois, with the rest traveling to Illinois from all 50 states and more than 100 nations. All are highly qualified and choose between 150 undergraduate programs of study. The middle 50 percent of freshmen at Illinois score between 26 and 30 on the ACT, and these same students ranked between the 84th and 96th percentile in their high school graduating classes. Undergraduate students often travel around the globe through one of the top ten study abroad programs among major research institutions in the United States.

Faculty members also are well connected internationally, collaborating with other top scholars from around the world and across disciplines. They are world-renowned scholars who have been recognized with such top awards as Nobel Prizes, Pulitzer Prizes, Guggenheim Fellowships, Tony Awards, MacArthur "genius" awards, and memberships in the nation's elite academies of arts and sciences. Of twelve Nobel laureates who have served on the faculty, two were honored for work undertaken at this University. Illinois became only the third American public university, and the eleventh institution in the world, ever to have two Nobel Prizes (in different fields) awarded to members of its faculty in the same year.

Urbana campus alumni are similarly recognized. Eleven University alumni have won Nobel Prizes.

Campus resources include the world's largest public university library, with millions of items circulated and hundreds of thousands of reference questions answered each year. Outstanding centers for performance and training in the arts include one of the nation's best performing arts facilities, the Krannert Center. World-class research facilities in Urbana include the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Beckman Institute, Institute for Genomic Biology and Siebel Center for Computer Science.

Of course, many people across the nation know Urbana-Champaign as the home of nine men's and 10 women's Big Ten sports teams. The campus Division of Intercollegiate Athletics is know for its integrity and its emphasis on scholarship among its athletes. Men's basketball and football are high profile sports, but Illinois also has won recent national and conference champions in such programs as gymnastics, tennis, and wrestling.

General Information

School type public
Year founded 1867
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $1,160,452,850


When applying to University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign, it's important to note the application deadline is January 2. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due December 30. The application fee at University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign is $50. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 63.3 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 63.3%
Application deadline January 2
SAT/ACT scores must be received by December 30

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign is 19:1, and the school has 42 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign include: Engineering; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Social Sciences; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 93.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 19:1
4-year graduation rate 69%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Engineering 16%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 14%
Social Sciences 9%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 8%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 7%

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Student Life

University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign has a total undergraduate enrollment of 32,281, with a gender distribution of 55.7 percent male students and 44.3 percent female students. At this school, 37 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 63 percent of students live off campus. University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 44,520
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign, 75 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign.

Students who have cars on campus 75%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign, 45 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $12,181.

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In-state tuition and fees $15,258 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $29,640 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,636 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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