Introducing the University of Illinois

In 1867 the University of Illinois was founded as Illinois Industrial University in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana. Within a 180-mile radius are the cities of Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis. The cities of Champaign and Urbana have a total population of 207,000. The university of Illinois has an undergraduate population of about 34,000. Together they combine for an outstanding undergraduate experience.

Just as with many of the other large state colleges across the country, the University of Illinois was one of the original 37 land grant institutions created after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act in 1862. Unlike many of the other universities, the University of Illinois has a School of Labor and Employment Relations, a School of Information Sciences and a College of Veterinary Medicine. The Engineering program is ranked 6th in the country, the Computer-related programs are ranked 5th in the country, the Ag program ranked 2nd in the country and the Business program ranked 18th.

The university does not only talk about putting an emphasis on research, they demonstrate it. Approximately 68% of undergraduates are involved in research projects and the opportunities don’t stop when the semester ends. There are summer research opportunities as well as a Smithsonian research program. Much of what can be discovered involving all this research depends on what has already been discovered. Many research projects are driven by available library resources. All the Big 10 libraries operate as a system giving students access to libraries across the conference.

Not everything about the University of Illinois is classrooms and libraries. The cities of Champaign and Urbana have the Allerton Park and Retreat Center. It is a 1,500-acre national landmark located 24 miles from campus. The college has 10 men’s and 11 women’s NCAA teams and more than a thousand registered student organizations, coalitions, honorary societies, and teams.

To be included among the 7,600-studet freshmen class, applicants will need a GPA in or near the range of 3.45-3.92, an ACT around 27-33 and a SAT score very close to the range of 1280-1490. The University of Illinois accepts the Coalition and institutional applications. These applications are also used to evaluate candidates for the honors program; interested students apply directly to their 1st and 2nd choice majors and out of state tuition ranges from33,000 – 38,000 with room & board of about 11,000. All applicants receive automatic consideration for merit scholarships.

If you like what you have learned about the University of Illinois, contact Jill Davis at or 217.300.2005. She will help you gather more information and decide if the University of Illinois is the right choice for you.

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