University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, UIUC
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, UIUC (see more UIUC photos). Christopher Schmidt / Flickr

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign admits 62 percent of applicants, but that modest acceptance rate doesn't truly capture the selectivity of the university. The applicant pool tends to be self-selecting, and you'll need grades and standardized test scores that are well above average to be admitted. 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. You can calculate your chances of getting in with Cappex's free tool.​

UIUC Description

The large flagship campus of the University of Illinois spans the twin cities of Urbana and Champaign. UIUC consistently ranks among the top public universities in the country. The school boasts over 43,000 students and 150 different majors, and it is well known for its outstanding engineering and science programs. Nevertheless, its 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 (compare the Big Ten). Explore the Campus with the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign photo tour.

Admissions Data (2017)

  • University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign Acceptance Rate: 62 percent
  • UIUC GPA and Test Score Graph
  • Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 630 / 710
    • SAT Math: 710 / 790
    • ACT Composite: 26 / 32
    • ACT English: 25 / 33
    • ACT Math: 25 / 33

Enrollment (2017)

  • Total Enrollment: 48,216 (33,955 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 55 percent male / 45 percent female
  • 96 percent full-time

Costs (2017-18)

  • Tuition and Fees: $15,074 (in-state); $31,194 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,200 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $11,306
  • Other Expenses: $2,500
  • Total Cost: $30,082 (in-state); $46,202 (out-of-state)

UIUC Financial Aid (2016-17)

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 64 percent
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 49 percent
    • Loans: 42 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $13,595
    • Loans: $6,686

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors Accounting, Business Administration, Cellular Biology, Economics, Electrical Engineering, English, Finance, Mechanical Engineering, Political Science, Psychology
  • What major is right for you? Sign up to take the free "My Careers and Majors Quiz" at Cappex.

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 92 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 70 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 85 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Gymnastics, Football, Basketball, Track and Field, Baseball, Tennis, Wrestling
  • Women's Sports: Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Track and Field, Volleyball, Tennis, Gymnastics, Golf

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Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics