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Chances of getting into University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
63%
Admission Difficulty for University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Exceptional 
Applicant Competition Low 
How hard is it to get into Illinois and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Illinois is 63%.  It ranks #0 in Illinois for lowest rate of acceptance. Illinois is a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Last year, 27,520 out of 43,473 applicants were admitted.

The school has extremely high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 20 percent (SAT 1200/1460 ACT 27/33). University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.79. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class. 27% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

Illinois SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1200-1460
Applicants Submitting SAT 
63%
SAT Scores for University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 590
SAT Math 25th 610
SAT Composite 25th 1200
SAT Scores for University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 690
SAT Math 75th 770
SAT Composite 75th 1460
Average SAT Score 1330

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign?

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign typically prefers applicants to be in the top 24 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1200 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1070. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1330 out of 1600. Illinois ranks #0 in Illinois for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 63 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1460 and Above Good >76%
1330 to 1460 Avg + 63%-76%
1200 to 1330 Avg - 47%-63%
1070 to 1200 Reach 32%-47%
Less than 1070 Low <32%
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Illinois ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
27-33 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
63%
ACT Scores for University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 26
ACT Math 25th 26
ACT Composite 25th 27
ACT Scores for University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 34
ACT Math 75th 33
ACT Composite 75th 33
Average ACT Score 30

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Illinois?

Admission data indicates that Illinois regularly accepts students with ACT's of 27 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 15 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 24 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 30 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 33 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #0 in Illinois for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 63 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
33 and Above Good >76%
30 to 33 Avg + 63%-76%
27 to 30 Avg - 47%-63%
24 to 27 Reach 32%-47%
Less than 24 Low <32%
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Illinois GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.79*
Typical High School Grades 
A-

What GPA do you need to get into University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Illinois. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign was 3.79 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #0 in Illinois for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Illinois accepts 63% of students who apply.

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*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.79 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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High School Class Rank

52% of University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 52%
Top 25% of class 86%
Top 50% of class 99%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 18,757 24,716 43,473
Accepted 13,112 14,408 27,520
Acceptance Rate 70% 58% 63%
Enrolled 3,488 4,041 7,529
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 27% 28% 27%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign is $50.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and what student information is used for admission decisions?

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Neither required nor recommended
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=145637 IPEDS survey data for University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

FAQs

Does University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign prefer SAT or ACT?

63% of students submit their SAT scores to Illinois. 63% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign?

63% of those who apply are granted admission to Illinois. Admission competition is low and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1200 and 1460. 63% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 27 and 33. 63% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.