University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the states flagship institution: a classic land-grant university, dedicated to its traditional excellence in education, research, and public engagement, and driven to innovate in each of these missions.More than 1,970 Urbana-Champaign faculty members lead more than 45,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students in a process of discovery and learning in 15 colleges and schools and more than 80 research centers and labs. Undergraduates make up three-quarters of the student population. Roughly 70 percent of the undergraduate students come from the 102 counties of Illinois, with the rest traveling to Illinois from all 50 states and more than 100 nations. All are highly qualified and choose between 150 undergraduate programs of study. The middle 50 percent of freshmen at Illinois score between 26 and 30 on the ACT, and these same students ranked between the 84th and 96th percentile in their high school graduating classes. Undergraduate students often travel around the globe through one of the top ten study abroad programs among major research institutions in the United States.Faculty members also are well connected internationally, collaborating with other top scholars from around the world and across disciplines. They are world-renowned scholars who have been recognized with such top awards as Nobel Prizes, Pulitzer Prizes, Guggenheim Fellowships, Tony Awards, MacArthur "genius" awards, and memberships in the nations elite academies of arts and sciences. Of twelve Nobel laureates who have served on the faculty, two were honored for work undertaken at this University. Illinois became only the third American public university, and the eleventh institution in the world, ever to have two Nobel Prizes (in different fields) awarded to members of its faculty in the same year. Urbana campus alumni are similarly recognized. Eleven University alumni have won Nobel Prizes.Campus resources include the worlds largest public university library, with millions of items circulated and hundreds of thousands of reference questions answered each year. Outstanding centers for performance and training in the arts include one of the nations best performing arts facilities, the Krannert Center. World-class research facilities in Urbana include the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Beckman Institute, Institute for Genomic Biology and Siebel Center for Computer Science.Of course, many people across the nation know Urbana-Champaign as the home of nine mens and 10 womens Big Ten sports teams. The campus Division of Intercollegiate Athletics is know for its integrity and its emphasis on scholarship among its athletes. Mens basketball and football are high profile sports, but Illinois also has won recent national and conference champions in such programs as gymnastics, tennis, and wrestling.

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School Details

school_type year_founded religious_affiliation academic_calendar year_2016_endowment address telephone
Public, Coed 1867 N/A Semester $1.6 billion 601 E. John Street, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 333-1000
overall score total score state city online paying global
63 100.0 Illinois Champaign 1114 24 11

Tuition & Expenses

Title Value
Room and board $11,308 (2017-18)


Title Value
Average need-based scholarship or grant award (freshmen) $14,866
Students who received need-based scholarship or grant aid (freshmen) 41%
Average non-need-based scholarship or grant award (freshmen) $5,678
Average non-need-based athletic scholarship or grant award (freshmen) $31,760

Financial Aid

Title Value
Used GI Bill benefits to partially or fully finance tuition and fees 0%
Average total indebtedness of 2016 graduating class $25,221
Graduating students who have borrowed (any loan type, 2016) 47%


Title Value
Average need-based self-help aid award (freshmen) $5,281
Students who received need-based self-help aid (freshmen) 39%