About University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Founded in 1867, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. is a Public college. Located in Illinois, which is a city setting in Illinois, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 33,932 full time undergraduate students, and 13,019 full time graduate students.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 20:1. There are 2248 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate60%
Application Deadline
Application Fee50
SAT Range1285-1480
ACT Range26-32

Admissions at UI are considered Selective, with ,285% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 20 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

99% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 90% were in the top quarter, and 52% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

“We”re apathetic”
“We know about current events and vote”
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
“We save it for the classroom”
“Sometimes, but not often”
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
“All the time, including weekends”
“I”m always terrified”
“I only go out in groups”
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
“I feel extremely safe”
“We don”t play sports”
“We play recreationally”
“We bought the gear”
“We live for the big game”
“It”s not really our thing”
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
“There are a variety of opportunities”
“We”re a very artistic group”
“Haven”t met them”
“Available in class”
“They keep regular office hours”
“They”re always available”
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
“We”re not into drinking at all”
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
“We only party on weekends”
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
“Never, we”re here to learn”
“There might be people who do”
“People are known to partake on weekends”
“There”s a huge drug scene”

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    506 Students rated on-campus housing 3.7 stars. 17 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    346 Students rated off-campus housing 3.7 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    505 Students rated campus food 3.4 stars. 14 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    519 Students rated campus facilities 4.2 stars. 40 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    520 Students rated class size 3.7 stars. 21 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    517 Students rated school activities 4.4 stars. 55 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    519 Students rated local services 4 stars. 36 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    520 Students rated academics 4.1 stars. 44 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign?

168 Students rated University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Roberta - 05/15/2024

It’s a giant university in the middle of nowhere. There are corn fields, farms, and cows outside of campus. So most of the liveliness is found within the campus. There are so many extracurricular activities, clubs, frats and sororities, and events that you can easily get distracted from your school work and studies. I would not suggest taking more than 4 classes per semester. You might get burnt out and not have a social life. In order to stay focused on what you are there to do, surround yourself with likeminded people and people with similar principles and values as yours. One advantage of this school is its large student population. It provides an enormous opportunity to meet different people of different backgrounds, race, cultures, religions, etc. The campus has everything you need, including churches, housing, restaurants, live music venues, and shopping. They have some study abroad programs, if you are interested in that. There are book buybacks at the end of the semester at the local bookstores so you can get some money back when you return your textbooks. I had a wonderful experience in college and made many new friends there. It helped shape me into the adult I am today.

Quisqueya - 05/05/2024

My opinion is an opinion of hope. I have visited the campus and hope for a promising academic career on the campus that will lead to a fulfilling big person grown up job after I graduate. The campus fills me with hope and I very much enjoyed visiting. The idea of studying there fills me with hope, as does the idea o my future on campus.

Angelica - 11/04/2023

This school felt a bit overwhelming while I was attending however, after graduating in 2015, I have come to take extreme pride in this university. I regularly run in to people that have attended the university or knows someone that has attended the university.

Dulce - 08/05/2023

I was doubtful about UIUC. I never imagined this would be my decision. I fell in love with the campus when I went on my tour. It was like the movies. There is a sense of unity in the school. They provide endless opportunities and resources. I could not be happier with my choice.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is 60%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Simply put, college is the best thing that has ever happened to me (I intend to use this phrase with the upmost emphasis) when one is to consider where I have come from. Coming from a gang infested neighborhood where one is expected to indulge and be influenced by negative and suggestive exemplifactions everywhere, one would have most likely expected me to fall short of any positive opportunity. Fortunately that has not been the case at all. Being the self -motivated individual that I am and still becoming, I have ignored all obstacle that would deter me from experiencing the many joys of college. Here at the U of I I have gotten the chance to be surrounded by individuals with goals and passions similar and different from my own, and this has been extraordinarily valuable to me . Merely being around individual with a drive to be positive, intelligent, and successful has motivated me to volunteer, study hard, make friends all for the goal of becoming a better person. College is the piece of the puzzle that my neighborhood lacked, and because of my experience here thus far, I am and will forever be truly thankful.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    Depending on the major, the majority of the students here are career-driven and hardworking (although uncaring students aren't too hard to come by, either).

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  4. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    I love that it is a college bubble. I love that the students live here, work here, play here, etc. Your friends are always going to be within a ten minute bus ride of you.

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  5. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    The limitless resources at hand whether it comes to undergraduate/graduate research, general studying, or job searches make this school unique. The opportunities for intellectual development are given to everybody and everybody has a chance to shine.

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  6. What are the academics like at your school?

    Academics are rigorous at the University. Not just anybody can get in. Professors challenge you so that you have an idea of what will happen in the real-world as well as give you unique perspectives.

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  7. What's unique about your campus?

    Diversity and opportunity. Beyond the classroom, there are many different enlightening pathways and experiences a student can explore and undertake. The plethora of international students and the variety of social differences, coupled with the hundreds of organizations and groups to get involved with molds into a unique college experience. There are ways for every type of personality to connect with others and experience new adventures that they may have never done before college. It makes college not only a typical classroom learning experience, but also a foundation for real world and personal development.

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  8. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    U of I is very big, so there are many social cliques.

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  9. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    I love the University of Illinois Champaign campus. There isnt any thing I dislike about it.

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  10. What are the most popular student activities/groups?


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  11. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I would of known more about the different opportunities on campus that are offered to Black students. I also wish I would of had more guidance on filling out applications because books alone cost a lot of money. I also wish that I knew more about the campus period because there are many opportunities out there that I did not know about because I did not know much about the campus. Before I came to this school I also wish I would of knew how much tuition was and waht it went towards.

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  12. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    Haha, the only thing I can think of that characterizes our school is our anger for not having Chief - and that is very, very true.

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  13. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    My school is best known for sports such as Basketball and Football as well as a great education system.

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  14. What kind of person should attend this school?

    A person who is academically focused, and has a good study ethic but also wants to have fun. It is very important to study hard, but there are also many opportunites to have fun a take a break from studying.

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  15. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    The biggest stereotype about the University is that many departments accept more freshmen than there are resources for seniors and most 100-level courses are weed-out courses to encourage only the best freshmen to continue on in this major. It's also commonly known as a huge, impersonal university that really leaves the new students to fend for themselves after the orientations and welcome-to-campus clinics are over. Students really don't want to get sick here - the health clinic called McKinley is commonly referred to as McKillMe because they almost always make incorrect diagnoses. The students are known to be party-animals. Indeed, even the strictest students who vowed in high school to never, ever drink in college end up partying a lot here. The administration claims that only a small number of underage students actually drink, but I do not know many underage students who have never been to a bar. Personally, I do not drink much because I really try to get as good of grades as possible, and I can honestly say there is not much to do here unless you are into partying. It's not just an excuse - there's really nothing to do on campus on the weekends except binge drink. Most students go out several weekends a month. Many students here are from the rich suburbs of Chicago and as freshmen, they think they are something really special because many went to some of the best high schools in the country. But then, once they've been through all the weed-out courses (usually by the end of their sophomore year), they tend to realize they're no better than anyone else here. The engineers here have it SO easy - they have their own little campus, they live in their own little world, and they are treated like gold. For example, engineers complained that the intro level chemistry courses should not have organic chemistry sections because engineers are never required to take an organic chemistry course - and so now the curriculum for these courses is changing to get rid of the organic sections. If any other student complained about this, a curriculum change would NEVER happen.

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  16. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Someone who really isn't a "people-person" shouldn't attend the U of I. Everyone here is very open and friendly.

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  17. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    It is top rated in almost every major, and we are #1 for being a top party school that also does well in school and gets jobs after graduation.

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  18. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?


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  19. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The use of multiple different online homework tools that are used for varying classes. I wish everything was online in one place.

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  20. Why did you decide to go to this school?

    The campus. It is absolutely beautiful. The people are friendly, we have a building modeled off of a German castle so it feels like Hogwarts, we're pretty close to the best in everything we do and there are SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES!!! One of the best parts of going to such a large University is the number of opportunities available to you. If you can't find something that fits your needs or desires (which is hard to do) they will find a way to let you create something for you. It allows you to really make your education mold to your own needs.

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  21. What's the Greek scene like?

    U of I has one of the largest (I believe it is THE largest) Greek presence in the country. There are plenty of people on campus who rush and join sororities and fraternities. For the people who find an interest in this, there are plenty of options. However, if this isn't your scene, it isn't looked down upon in any means. There are plenty of things to do that aren't "Greek". Greek life is fairly normal, I think - they have parties, they have the big houses on campus, they all wear their letters everyday. If it's your thing, you can find a house that fits your personality.

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

63% of students attending University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign receive some sort of financial aid. 22% were awarded federal grants. While 39% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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$0 - $30K
$30 - $48K
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$75 - $110K
$110K & UP

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