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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    A
  6. Party Scene
    A+
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B-
Illinois is a highly rated public university located in Champaign, Illinois. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 32,540 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Illinois acceptance rate is 60%. Popular majors include Research and Experimental Psychology, Economics, and Accounting. Graduating 85% of students, Illinois alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $44,200.
About University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Big Ten Conference
Address
601 E John Street
Champaign, IL 61820
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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
60%
Application Deadline
December 1
SAT Range
1285-1480
ACT Range
26-32
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Neither required nor recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$16,683/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $7,554/ year
  • $30-48k
    $11,108/ year
  • $49-75k
    $16,782/ year
  • $76-110k
    $24,097/ year
  • $110k+
    $27,448/ year
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Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
20:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
77%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.262 responses
53%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.285 responses
48%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.284 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
32,540Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
22%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 171 responses
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  • Diverse
    29%
  • Such a variety! Everyone's very open.
    25%
  • Ambitious
    18%
  • Interesting
    11%
  • Fratty
    8%
  • Outgoing
    5%
  • Basic
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
67%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.370 responses
Poll
62%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.412 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 182 responses
Report
  • Competitive
    26%
  • Engineering
    25%
  • Opportunities
    14%
  • Lots of options
    14%
  • Large
    7%
  • Extraordinary
    6%
  • Excellence
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$57,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
85%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
86%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.182 responses
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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Reviews

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I will be an incoming freshman at this college. However, my dad, his siblings, and multiple friends of mine have attended this school so I visit quite a bit. I've been to parties with my friends, on strolls around the campus with my family, and on official college tours here. It's a great college town, and most people who I talk to who have come here say that there is always something to do, the academics are great and will land you a good job somewhere, and overall, they had a great college experience. I hope that I get accepted here so I can experience what it's really like to be a student!
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UIUC is a great school with lots of options for everyone. There's always something new to do and see and the academics are nothing to complain about. I'm a physics major and some of our professors are simply fantastic! The only academic complaint I have is the intro math courses: unnecessarily competitive and disorganized. Other than that, I've never had a class I didn't enjoy. The physics department is particularly impressive, except for its distinct lack of coffee (it's time: get a cafe in/near Loomis already).
Overall, my experience at UIUC has been pleasant. Classes have been great and the campus is beautiful! The MTD bus system is actually better than I was expecting it to be, so that is super great if I am in a rush to class. There are also tons of RSO's and there's always some sort of event or activity going on both during the week and on the weekends. I do have to say that the social aspect was not always the best for me, as Greek Life plays a huge role in parties on campus, and I chose not to rush. It gets better though!