UIUC: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a public research institution with an acceptance rate of 62%. The flagship campus of the University of Illinois system spans the twin cities of Urbana and Champaign. UIUC consistently ranks among the top public universities in the country. The school boasts over 47,000 students and 150 different majors, and is well known for its outstanding engineering and science programs. UIUC's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned it a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Illinois has the largest university library in the U.S. outside of the Ivy League. Along with strong academics, UIUC is a member of the Big Ten Conference and fields 19 varsity teams.

Considering applying to The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, UIUC had an acceptance rate of 62%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 62 students were admitted, making UIUC's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 39,362
Percent Admitted 62%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 31%

SAT Scores and Requirements

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 63% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 600 700
Math 620 780
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of UIUC's admitted students fall within the top 20% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to UIUC scored between 600 and 700, while while 25% scored below 600 and 25% scored above 700. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 620 and 780, while 25% scored below 620 and 25% scored above 780. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1480 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at UIUC.

Requirements

UIUC does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests. Note that UIUC does not superscore, but the admissions office will consider your highest score in each section when evaluating your application.

ACT Scores and Requirements

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 63% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 26 34
Math 25 32
Composite 26 32

This admissions data tells us that most of UIUC's admitted students fall within the top 18% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to UIUC received a composite ACT score between 26 and 32, while 25% scored above 32 and 25% scored below 26.

Requirements

Note that UIUC does not superscore ACT results, but will consider your highest individual score in each category as well as your ACT composite score. The ACT writing section is not required but is recommended for students applying to UIUC's Teacher Licensure Program.

GPA

In 2018, the middle 50% of The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's incoming class had high school GPAs between 3.38 and 3.90. 25% had a GPA above 3.90 and 25% had a GPA below 3.38. These results suggest that most successful applicants to UIUC have primarily B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) has a competitive admissions pool and is one of the top-rated public universities in the country. UIUC students tend to be particularly strong in math and science because of the university's many strengths in STEM fields. The great majority of admitted students had GPAs above a 3.0, and your chances will be best if you are a solid "A" student. However, UIUC has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their test scores are outside of UIUC's average range.

As the scattergram above reveals, students who get into UIUC tend to have relatively strong GPAs and test scores. The blue and green represent accepted students, and most of them had a high school average of B+ or higher, an ACT composite score of 20 or higher, and a combined SAT score (ERW+M) of above 1050. The chances for admission increase as those grades and test scores go up. Note that there is very little red (rejected students) in the upper right corner of the graph.