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The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) is a public land-grant university located in Champaign County, Illinois. The school was founded in 1867 and was ranked 14 by the U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges. The institution pioneers innovative research with the goal of tackling global problems and expanding upon the human experience. Students receive transformative learning experiences, both in and out of the classroom, to better prepare them to make a significant impact on society as a whole.

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Overview of University of Illinois (UIUC)

Located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana, the Illinois’ architecture and landscape present an inspiring environment for every student to learn and enjoy. The campus includes the Astronomical Observatory and Morrow Plot, which have both been designated National Historic Landmarks.

The institution reports a total enrollment of 49,702 undergraduate and graduate students representing all 50 states and over 100 countries. With over 150 accredited programs of study, students can gain the education necessary to enter almost any field. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign maintains institutional accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission. Programmatic accreditation comes from 13 different agencies including the American Bar Association, American Psychological Association, National Association for Schools of Theatre, and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting City: Small
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 20:1
Graduation Rate 84%
Year Founded 1868

Student Enrollment

Total Students49,702


Undergraduate Student

Male 18,314
Female 15,601

Graduate Student

Male 8,525
Female 7,262

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UIUC Acceptance Rate and Admissions


Male 22,196
Female 17,210


Male 12,431
Female 12,047

Acceptance Rate62%

Male 56%
Female 70%

Enrollment 7,940

Male 2,620
Female 2,303
Application Fee $50
High School GPA N/A
High School Rank Considered but not Required
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations N/A
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Considered but not Required
Application Deadline January 5
Common Application Accepted No

UIUC Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

The estimated expenses for in-state, full-time, beginning undergraduate students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign were $15,094 during a recent academic year. Out-of-state students paid $31,664. In addition to these tuition and fees, students were also responsible for about $1,200 in books and supplies. Those living on campus also paid $11,308 for room and board.

The average graduate student tuition and fees for the same year were $18,126 for in-state students and $31,279 for out-of-state students.

Most University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students receive some form of financial aid. Approximately 62% of full-time, beginning undergraduate students received grants, scholarships, federal work study, or loans. Of those, 49% were awarded scholarships or grants (funds that do not have to be repaid), and 40% took out loans (funds that must be repaid over time). The average amount scholarship and grant aid received was $13,687, while the average amount of loan aid approved was $6,816.

Average net price 2017-2018
Net Price $15,829
Average Total Aid $14,328
Students Receiving Financial Aid 62%
Room & Board $11,308

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $15,094
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $31,664
  • Books and Supplies - $1,200
  • Room & Board - $11,308
  • Other - $2,500


The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides students the opportunity and power to make their academic dreams a reality. With 15 degree-granting colleges and instructional units, students work with internationally renowned faulty to reach their goals.

The student-faculty ratio is 20:1. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty members are leaders in their fields, many of whom have been recognized for exceptional scholarship. The institution employs experts who have been awarded Pulitzer Prizes, Nobel Prizes, the Presidential Medal of Science, and the Fields Medal in Mathematics.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign also has a 93% retention rate for full-time, first-time students pursing bachelor’s degrees. The national average is 68%, which means the institution has one of the highest retention rates in the country. It is important to note, however, that part-time students only have a 40% retention rate. Retention statistics are important because they often indicate the overall satisfaction of the student population. Based on the information provided, it is clear that most full-time students enrolled at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are pleased with their academic and extracurricular experiences.

Prospective students should also know the university’s graduation rate. This statistic shows how many students ultimately graduate within an acceptable timeframe. While most students plan to graduate within four years, fulfilling some institutions’ requirements may take up to six or eight years. The overall graduation rate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for full-time, first-time students was 84%.

Student Population Total

Student Population 49,702

Evening Classes : -
Distance Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 1067 Total Graduates / 13%
Finance & Accounting, General 657 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management 121 Graduates
Business Administration and Management 35 Graduates
All Engineering Majors 1823 Total Graduates / 22%
Aerospace 130 Graduates
Chemical 149 Graduates
Mechanical 216 Graduates
All Social Science Majors 616 Total Graduates / 7%
Economics, General 355 Graduates
Political Science and Government 177 Graduates
Sociology 32 Graduates
Anthropology 35 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 537 Total Graduates / 7%
Exercise Physiology -
Biology/Biological Sciences 2 Graduates
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology -
All Computer Information Science Majors 527 Total Graduates / 6%
Radio and Television -
Advertising 219 Graduates
Public Relations/Image Management -
All Other Diplomas 45%

Outcome & Salary

Most full-time undergraduate students attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign continue past their freshman year and go on to complete degrees within a four to six year period.

According to the All Campus Undergraduate 2017-2018 Report provided by the Illini Success, 91% of graduates secured a first destination of employment, additional education, or volunteer position. The average salary for full-time employed bachelor’s degree graduates across the university was $61,000.

Top hiring employers included:

  • Amazon
  • Deloitte
  • Epic Systems
  • Microsoft
  • Facebook
  • Google

Top industries hiring graduates included:

  • Banking & Financial Services
  • Consulting
  • Pre-K – 12 Education
  • Advertising, PR & Marketing
  • Computer & Electronic Products
  • Healthcare Services & Hospitals
  • Manufacturing
Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $62,600
College Grads Average Salary $76,000
College Grads Mid Career Salary $115,300
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $760,000
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,913,000
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $63,316
10 Year Projected ROI $696,684
20 Year Projected ROI $1,849,684
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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