University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Champaign, Illinois

#106 National Colleges

59.03% Admission Rate
Somewhat Selective

33,080 Undergraduates Enrolled

  • Public
  • Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity
  • Four-year, full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in
  • Four-year, large, highly residential

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The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (U of I, Illinois, or colloquially the University of Illinois or UIUC) is a public land-grant research university in Illinois in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana. It is the flagship institution of the University of Illinois system and was founded in 1867. Enrolling over 56,000 undergraduate and graduate students, the University of Illinois is one of the largest public universities by enrollment in the nation.

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is a member of the Association of American Universities and is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity", and has been listed as a "Public Ivy" in The Public Ivies: America's Flagship Public Universities (2001) by Howard and Matthew Greene. In fiscal year 2019, research expenditures at Illinois totaled $652 million. The campus library system possesses the second-largest university library in the United States by holdings after Harvard University. The university also hosts the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and is home to the fastest supercomputer on a university campus.

Illinois contains 16 schools and colleges and offers more than 150 undergraduate and over 100 graduate programs of study. The university holds 651 buildings on 6,370 acres (2,578 ha) and its annual operating budget in 2016 was over $2 billion. The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign also operates a Research Park home to innovation centers for over 90 start-up companies and multinational corporations, including Abbott, AbbVie, Caterpillar, Capital One, Dow, State Farm, John Deere, GSI, and Yahoo, among others.

As of August 2020, the alumni, faculty members, or researchers of the university include 30 Nobel laureates, 27 Pulitzer Prize winners, 2 Turing Award winners and 1 Fields medalist. Illinois athletic teams compete in Division I of the NCAA and are collectively known as the Fighting Illini. They are members of the Big Ten Conference and have won the second-most conference titles. Illinois Fighting Illini football won the Rose Bowl Game in 1947, 1952, 1964 and a total of five national championships. Illinois athletes have won 29 medals in Olympic events, ranking it among the top 40 American universities with Olympic medals.

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Champaign, Illinois

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City: Small (population less than 100,000)

Great Lakes (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI)


Predominant Degree Awarded
Predominantly bachelor's-degree granting

Highest Degree Awarded
Graduate degree

Most Popular Fields

Field % Students
Engineering 21.9%
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 12.8%
Social Sciences 7.4%
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 6.4%
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 6.3%
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciences 5.5%
Psychology 5.2%
Mathematics And Statistics 4.6%
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 4.6%
Health Professions And Related Programs 4.3%
Physical Sciences 3.3%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies 3.0%
Education 2.8%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 2.5%
Visual And Performing Arts 2.4%
English Language And Literature/Letters 1.3%
Architecture And Related Services 1.1%
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 0.9%
Family And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 0.8%
History 0.7%
Natural Resources And Conservation 0.7%
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 0.7%
Philosophy And Religious Studies 0.3%
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies 0.3%
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 0.1%
Engineering Technologies And Engineering-Related Fields 0.1%


In State Tuition

Out of State Tuition

Percentage Students Receiving Aid

Average Net Cost After Aid


SAT Scores

1342 Composite Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 770 690 610
Verbal 700 650 600

ACT Scores

29 Cumulative Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 33 29 25
English 34 30 25