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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Learn what degree programs the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers. Research its academics and read about its admission and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Illinois Industrial University was founded in 1867 and renamed the University of Illinois in 1885. Its campus is in the twin cities of Urbana and Champaign, about two hours south of Chicago. Also known as UIUC, the university houses four cultural centers, including the Asian-American Cultural Center, the Bruce D. Nesbitt African-American Cultural Center, La Casa Cultural Latina, and the Native American House; each offers opportunities to learn about and experience cultural traditions and modern conventions.

In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked UIUC the 13th best public school in the nation. It also ranked UIUC's undergraduate engineering programs sixth in the U.S. and its undergraduate business programs 14th. UIUC alumni have gone on to win awards such as the Nobel and Pulitzer prizes for their parts in discoveries like the microchip, the theory of superconductivity, and gene splitting, as well as creations of music, theater, literature, and journalism.


The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers 17 colleges and instructional units, including agricultural sciences, labor and employment relations, fine arts and veterinary medicine. These schools offer a range of undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degrees, as well as certificate programs.

Each undergraduate student must complete the general education curriculum, which includes a language requirement of third-college-semester proficiency in a language other than English, as well as eight other core courses. For students requiring a flexible schedule, many of UIUC's courses are available online. UIUC students also have access to one of the largest study abroad programs in America, with over 400 programs in more than 60 countries.

UIUC has one of the largest public university libraries in the world with over 24 million items in its holdings. Specified library selections include one of the largest engineering libraries in the United States, an agricultural library, a center for American music, and a rare books and manuscripts collection.


Students interested in applying to UIUC must have their application material postmarked by January 3, unless they wish to apply by the priority deadline. Priority applications must be turned in by November 1; applicants of this earlier deadline will be notified of the school's decision by December 14. Only students who have been accepted will receive letters; students who have been deferred or denied will be able to view the decision online.

Applicants can complete an online or paper application form and must submit an application fee, a Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR), and SAT or ACT scores. Applicants should check with their chosen program for any additional requirements.

Tuition & Financial Aid

UIUC's tuition varies for in-state and out-of-state residents. Undergraduate students from Illinois paid $14,414 for the 2011-12 academic year, while out-of-state undergraduates paid $28,556. Books and supplies cost all students roughly $1,200 a year, while room and board costs $10,080 annually.

The general application to UIUC also serves as the application for merit-based scholarships. Students who earned a high academic rank in high school are eligible for the James Scholar or Chancellor's Scholars Campus Honors Programs. Other scholarships and grants are available from some of the schools, so applicants should check with their chosen program for opportunities. UIUC considers need-based aid from the data of students' Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Certificate programs, bachelor's, master's, doctoral degree programs**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Small city**
Student Body 42,605 students (31,932 undergraduate) in 2011-2012*
Student Housing 23 undergraduate residence halls accommodating 8,550 students; four apartments and residence halls housing 2,720 graduate students*
Schools and Programs 17 degree-granting colleges and schools offering over 250 programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 17:1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-11:
Bachelor's: Psychology, general (427)
Master's: Accounting (348)
Doctoral: Law (189)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 65% (in 4 years)
83% (in 6 years)
83% (in 8 years)
(For students beginning in fall 2003)**
Admission Rate 68% of fall 2011 applicants admitted**
First-Year Retention Rates 93% of full-time students
60% of part-time students
(From fall 2010 to fall 2011)**
Undergraduate Application Due Date January 3*
Decision Notification Date February 15*
Tuition Per Year $14,414 for in-state undergraduate students
$28,556 for out-of-state undergraduate students
(for 2011-12; figures include tuition and accompanying fees)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Students Receiving it) In 2010-11:
Federal grants (22%)
State and local grants (27%)
Institutional grants/scholarships (40%)
Federal loans (44%)
Other loans (11%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 68% in 2010-11**

Sources: *University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; **College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics.

Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions and Record, 901 West Illinois Street, Urbana, IL 61801
  • Phone Number: (217) 333-0302
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