University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
901 W. Illinois St., Suite 103, Urbana, IL 61801-3445
Urbana, IL 61801-3445
(217) 333-0302
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

The University of Illinois was founded in 1867 when it was chartered as Illinois Industrial University. The university officially opened in 1868 and took on its current name in 1985. There are two other University of Illinois campuses in Springfield and Chicago as well. The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign is comprised of 17 colleges and instructional units, which notably include colleges of engineering, law, veterinary medicine, medicine, and an Institute of Aviation. The university has been recognized as one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, which ranked the school 13th among public universities and 45th among national universities. In 2009, the university’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science program tied for first in the nation in the U.S. News ranking. Over the years, several of the university’s alumni have gone on to become Nobel Laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners. In addition, the Wall Street Journal ranked the University of Illinois 3rd in the nation for the quality of its undergraduates, according to reports from corporate recruiters.

Programs Offered

As a comprehensive public research university, the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign offers a wide variety of academic programs, including more than 150 undergraduate programs and more than 100 graduate and professional programs. Majors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences alone include actuarial science, biology, communication, global studies, linguistics, statistics and computer science, and many more. To better serve adult, military, and part-time students, the university offers online and continuing education in addition to campus-based programs. The university offers one online bachelor’s degree program in earth, society, and environmental sustainability. Online graduate degree offerings are more diverse, and include degrees in agricultural education; food science and human nutrition; recreation, sport, and tourism; various Master of Education specializations; civil and environmental engineering; library and information science; and many more. Last but not least, the online and continuing education division also offers online undergraduate and graduate certificates, as well as certificates of advanced study.


The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission since 1913. The university also holds specialized accreditation for specific programs through the following accreditors: American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar; American Psychological Association, Committee on Accreditation; American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology; American Veterinary Medical Association, Council on Education; National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation; National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on Accreditation; National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation; and the National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation.


Admission into the University of Illinois is selective. Admissions staff evaluate not only the high school GPA of the those applying for freshman admission, but also the rigor of the classes that the applicant took, achievement outside the classroom, and performance on standardized tests (i.e., SAT and ACT). Since the university takes a holistic approach to evaluating freshman applicants, the university also evaluates the opportunities that were available to the student to take AP and honors classes or participate in extracurricular activities, as well as the personal characteristics and individual circumstances of the student. Prospective freshman students must have completed the college preparatory school work in high school listed here, complete two essays, and be proficient in English. To qualify, students must have a high school diploma or GED, submit a $50 fee or waiver, and fill out and submit the online or paper application.

Admissions requirements for graduate programs varies greatly by program, but in general, applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and have a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA for the last two years of study (although some programs require a higher GPA). Depending on the program, students may need to have letters of recommendation, licensure in a certain area, or meet other requirements.


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