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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Introduction

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (U of I) is the flagship campus for the University of Illinois system. Founded in 1862 and opened in 1868, U of I has been growing ever since. Today the university has 17 colleges with over 150 programs of study. The main campus is comprised of nearly 300 buildings on 1,468 acres, and student enrollment in any given year exceeds 40,000. Furthermore, the university operates a number of extension programs throughout Illinois and the world, serving a total of over 2 ½ million people.

Academics

The colleges of the university are: College of Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences; College of Applied Health Sciences, Institute of Aviation, College of Business, College of Education, College of Engineering; College of Fine and Applied Arts; Graduate College; School of Labor and Employment Relations; College of Law; College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Graduate School of Library and Information Science; College of Media; College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign; School of Social Work; and College of Veterinary Medicine.

Some schools and departments at U of I stand above the rest. The College of Engineering is extremely well thought of. Individual programs that are highly ranked in their fields include Psychology, Library and Information Science, Accounting, Computer Science, Civil Engineering, and Agricultural Engineering. U of I is also well-known for its particularly strong and large natural history programs. The Illinois State Geological Survey and Illinois Natural History Survey are both located on campus and involve students in their work. Perhaps more than any other department, however, Computer Science at U of I has a particular reputation for excellence. Both Intel and Microsoft hire more U of I graduates than from any other college or university in the world.

Research

U of I is classified as a very high research activity university by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university is home to the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). NCSA developed Mosaic, the web browser upon which most contemporary web browsers are based on. NCSA also created several other groundbreaking applications for personal computing. The center is particularly renowned on the international research front for their work on supercomputers. Students involved with the center have the opportunity to work towards the successful completion of Blue Waters, a computer system which will be able to perform a quadrillion calculations per second.

Other well-known research centers on the U of I campus include the Siebel Center for Computer Science, the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory, the Institute for Genomic Biology, the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory, the Institute for Condensed Matter Theory, and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology.

Libraries

The library system at U of I is the third largest in the United States—only Yale and Harvard have larger collections. There are over 40 libraries in the system with a total of more than 22 million resources. Grainger Engineering Library at U of I is the single largest engineering library in the country. U of I also has the single largest academic library in one location in their central library, which contains over 7 ½ million volumes. The library system includes a “residence hall” branch, which contains recreational and entertainment-focused materials for students living in the dormitories.

Honors Programs

There are several honors programs at U of I. University Honors is an academic distinction awarded to those with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.5 and a ranking within the top 3% of their class. Students with a GPA of at least 3.6 are eligible to be named James Scholars, which allows them to take honors classes while at U of I. Chancellor’s Scholars pursue excellence in leadership as well as academia, and must take several particular Honors classes to be admitted to and stay in the program.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Admissions

Unlike most colleges and universities, prospective students at U of I apply directly to their major or program, rather than to the university itself. Overall, the university admits about 28% of applicants, with some programs admitting a larger percentage and some admitting less. Incoming students are expected to have completed at least 4 years of English, 3 ½ years of math, 2 years of social sciences, 2 years of lab sciences, and 2 years of foreign language. 4 years of instruction in every category is recommended.

Students come from all 50 states and more than 125 countries to attend U of I. Admissions are very competitive. Most incoming students in recent years have had an ACT score of 27 or higher and were in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school. Some of the colleges are even more competitive, with average ACT scores as high as 31.

Financial Aid

In addition to the normal range of federal and state financial aid options open to college and university students in Illinois, U of I offers a large number of merit- and need-based scholarships for students in every college and department.

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Students

Clubs and Organizations

There are over a thousand clubs and organizations on the U of I campus, covering virtually any topic or interest you can imagine. On the slim chance that a student cannot find a club to suit his or her interests, it is relatively easy to begin a new one. Student government at U of I is managed by the 54 members of the Illinois Student Senate. U of I has the largest Greek system of any university in the world. As of 2011, there were 36 sororities and 68 fraternities on campus. About 13% of students belong to a fraternity or sorority.

Residential Life

First-year students who do not live with their parents are required to live in residence halls or university private-certified housing and participate in a meal plan. There are 22 residence halls across the campus in both Champaign and Urbana. Students with disabilities are provided with housing to fit their needs.

There are several private dormitories in Urbana and Champaign, although they are normally more expensive than the on-campus options. The university certifies some private dormitories and gives students the option to move from one to the other if they are dissatisfied with housing arrangements.

Graduate housing is available in two residence halls. It is restricted to students over twenty years of age. The majority of students choose to move into an apartment, sorority, or fraternity after the first year or two of live at U of I, however. The University Tenant Union assists students in choosing off-campus housing as needed.

Transportation

All in all, U of I is highly accessible by multiple modes of transportation and the campus is fairly easy to get around. University students have unlimited access to the transit system in Champaign-Urbana. This system provides frequent and convenient bus service to and from several different points on campus, popular living areas throughout both cities, Willard Airport, and Illinois Terminal, where students can transfer to Greyhound buses or Amtrak trains. Bikes are also very popular on the U of I campus and in the cities, aided by the university, which has built a very large system of bike paths and lanes in and around the campus.

Media

U of I sponsors WPGU 107.1, a continually broadcasting, student-run radio station specializing in alternative music. The Daily Illini is an independently run student newspaper which is published daily. It has a readership of roughly 20,000. Both the print version of the paper and the website, www.dailyillini.com, have won many awards for journalistic and general excellence. Students are paid for their work on the newspaper. Several notable writers and journalists who attended U of I worked for The Daily Illini, including Hugh Hefner, Rober Ebert, Gene Shalit, Dan Savage, and Dave Eggers.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

The athletics department at U of I are known as the Fighting Illini, a name which has caused considerable debate about the racist implications of using a cultural group, the Illini, as a mascot. The Fighting Illini participate in 21 intercollegiate sports in NCAA Division I and the Big Ten Conference. Basketball is the most popular and best-attended sport at the university. The University of Illinois Ice Arena is open to students when not in use by the hockey team, making U of I a popular choice among ice skaters and dancers.

All students have full use of the Activities and Recreation Center. This facility is located conveniently close to on-campus housing and contains four separate gymnasiums, an outdoor pool, an indoor pool, a cycling room, a climbing wall, and several other recreational facilities.

Faculty

The faculty at U of I includes several dozen Nobel laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners. Prize winners are especially concentrated in physics, medicine, and atmospheric sciences.

Bibliography

Admissions. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Web. 17 Apr. 2011.

Fiske, Edward B. Fiske Guide to Colleges 2011. Chicago: Sourcebooks, 2010. Print.

Pope, Loren. Looking Beyond the Ivy League: Finding the College That’s Right for You. New York: Penguin. 2007. Print.

Student LIfe. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Web. 17 Apr. 2011.

Information Summary

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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Illinois and 269th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 14 0.03
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 11 0.02
Robbery 7 0.02
Arson 4 0.01
Burglary 51 0.11
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 6 0.01
Arrest 144 0.32

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 570 0.70
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Forcible Rape 56 0.07
Robbery 105 0.13
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 586 0.72
Larceny 1,599 1.97
Vehicle theft 96 0.12

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Champaign, IL 61820-5711
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population33,624 (33,618 urban / 6 rural)
Households12,638 (2.11 people per house)
Median Household Income$19,591
Families3,635 (2.94 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (very high research activity)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral with medical/veterinary
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1713

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 484th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $13,294 $13,294 $29,027
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,916 $2,916 $2,916
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $1,973 $1,973 $4,370
FT Graduate Tuition $14,300 $14,300 $26,871
FT Graduate Required Fees $2,916 $2,916 $2,916
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $1,938 $1,938 $4,187
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $29,086 $29,086 $43,468
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $15,950 $15,950 $30,332
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $15,950 $15,950 $30,332

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Veterinary Medicine Degree — Tuition $25,740 $43,204
Veterinary Medicine Degree — Required Fees $3,116 $3,116
Law Degree — Tuition $38,250 $46,000
Law Degree — Required Fees $3,001 $3,001

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $13,838 $14,522 $13,838 $14,522 $27,980 $28,664
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $10,080 $10,332
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,510(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$70
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 33,203 (18,499 male / 14,704 female)
Admitted 20,716 (11,167 male / 9,549 female)
Admission rate 62%
First-time Enrollment 7,329 (4,123 male / 3,206 female)
FT Enrollment 7,321 (4,116 male / 3,205 female)
PT Enrollment 8 (7 male / 1 female)
Total Enrollment44,942

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Big Ten Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Big Ten Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Big Ten Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Big Ten Conference

ACT Test Admission

87th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 79%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 26 / 32
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 26 / 33
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 26 / 31

SAT Test Admission

62nd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 28%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 560 / 670
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 700 / 780
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1260 / 1450

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity16,241
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 2,022 505 603 1,221 17 6,250 60 10,879
Accounting 261 19 38 131 375 1 832
Actuarial Science 29 3 13 30 1 76
Advanced Legal Research/Studies, General 116 116
Advertising 31 12 16 17 1 184 1 266
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering 25 2 4 9 63 1 107
African Studies 2 1 2 5
African-American/Black Studies 1 1
Agricultural Business and Management, Other 1 2 1 4
Agricultural Communication/Journalism 1 8 9
Agricultural Economics 18 4 7 18 130 1 182
Agricultural Engineering 13 11 10 11 90 1 139
Agricultural Teacher Education 1 1 14 17
Agronomy and Crop Science 12 1 1 1 1 57 73
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew 3 3
Animal Sciences, General 4 1 13 4 111 134
Anthropology 5 8 3 32 51
Applied Mathematics, General 10 1 3 15
Architecture 29 4 21 11 1 129 1 200
Area Studies, Other 5 6 11 16 54 95
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 1 1 1 12 15
Art Teacher Education 1 1 1 2 16 21
Asian Studies/Civilization 1 1 3 5
Astronomy 3 1 1 3 8
Athletic Training/Trainer 1 1
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General 2 1 3 25 31
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 2 6 6 129 144
Biochemistry 6 1 5 13 25
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 3 2 8 26 39
Bioinformatics 8 2 10
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other 8 7 13 22 1 123 176
Biology Teacher Education 3 3
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 5 6
Biophysics 2 2
Biotechnology 1 5 6
Botany/Plant Biology 1 1 3 5
Broadcast Journalism 2 3 3 2 27 38
Business Administration and Management, General 80 19 7 18 1 93 5 227
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 1 2 2 5 35 46
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology 25 19 25 111 226 1 419
Ceramic Sciences and Engineering
Chemical Engineering 20 1 3 23 63 1 113
Chemistry Teacher Education 1 1
Chemistry, General 25 3 8 42 62 1 145
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 9 4 5 1 31 54
Civil Engineering, General 83 9 13 24 1 203 342
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 1 1 7 10
Communication, General 16 51 28 19 180 2 299
Community Health and Preventive Medicine 1 47 26 44 1 116 1 241
Community Organization and Advocacy 1 1 7 9
Comparative Literature 1 1 2 4
Computer Engineering, General 23 1 5 25 55 1 113
Computer Science 97 2 3 41 136 287
Computer and Information Sciences, Other
Crafts/Craft Design, Folk Art and Artisanry 1 2 6 9
Creative Writing 5 5
Curriculum and Instruction 7 3 2 4 16 32
Dance, General 4 15 19
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 6 2 1 1 31 1 42
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 2 3 7 12
Earth Science Teacher Education
East Asian Studies 1 3 9 9 25
Ecology
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 1 1
Economics, General 168 3 4 38 105 3 325
Education, Other
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 10 5 2 36 1 55
Educational Psychology 4 3 2 1 11 21
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 133 2 10 67 114 2 329
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 2 7 11 1 111 138
Engineering Mechanics 6 1 7 21 36
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics 4 1 22 1 28
Engineering, General 10 3 9 63 86
Engineering/Industrial Management 65 2 9 8 84
English Language and Literature, General 12 6 17 1 133 1 175
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Entomology 1 2 3
Environmental Science 5 1 6 62 76
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 10 1 2 9 23
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other
European Studies/Civilization 5 5
Finance, General 150 4 10 46 138 1 354
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 1 12 14
Food Science 28 3 9 16 71 128
Foreign Language Teacher Education
French Language Teacher Education 3 3
French Language and Literature 2 2 1 8 13
Geography 2 1 1 2 8 1 16
Geology/Earth Science, General 5 1 9 15
German Language Teacher Education
German Language and Literature 6 8
Graphic Design 1 1 3 14 19
Health Communication 2 6 8
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 4 2 17 23
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies 3 3
History, General 1 2 6 5 110 129
Horticultural Science 1 8 1 10
Human Development and Family Studies, General 1 11 5 2 38 1 58
Industrial Engineering 31 2 1 4 13 52
Industrial and Organizational Psychology 3 13 16
Industrial and Product Design 10 1 3 9 11 35
Intermedia/Multimedia 1 1 5 9
Italian Language and Literature 2 3 6
Jazz/Jazz Studies 1 1 5 7
Journalism 2 3 3 2 36 48
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 2 8 11 17 1 170 1 212
Labor and Industrial Relations 30 9 6 11 59 1 117
Landscape Architecture 5 2 17 1 25
Language Interpretation and Translation
Latin American Studies 1 2 1 4
Latin Teacher Education
Legal Professions and Studies, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 1 5 7
Library and Information Science 9 10 17 13 1 236 8 302
Linguistics 6 1 1 10 19
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 1 1 1 20 23
Management Information Systems, General 1 2 13 17
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 6 8 6 3 55 80
Mass Communication/Media Studies 2 4 6 5 26 43
Materials Engineering 22 1 4 20 41 94
Mathematics Teacher Education 1 1
Mathematics and Computer Science 1 1 4 6
Mathematics, General 42 2 2 10 54 2 113
Mechanical Engineering 52 3 7 29 1 136 231
Microbiology, General 2 1 6 9
Music History, Literature, and Theory 1 1
Music Performance, General 1 2 10 1 14
Music Teacher Education 1 2 47 51
Music Theory and Composition 2 2
Music, General 9 1 4 1 30 47
Nuclear Engineering 13 2 8 37 60
Nutrition Sciences 1 3 4
Operations Management and Supervision 1 1 1 10 13
Operations Research 33 4 7 44
Painting 1 1 8 10
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 2 13 10 2 1 124 1 154
Philosophy 1 1 1 18 22
Photography 1 2 8 11
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Physics Teacher Education
Physics, General 15 2 5 26 1 50
Physiology, General 2 1 2 5
Political Science and Government, General 9 18 19 22 138 1 210
Portuguese Language and Literature
Pre-Veterinary Studies
Psychology, General 41 21 44 64 1 255 437
Public Administration
Public Health, General 1 2 1 9 4 17
Rehabilitation Science 1 3 4
Religion/Religious Studies 1 1 3 5
Rhetoric and Composition 4 3 2 26 1 36
Russian Language and Literature 1 1
Russian Studies 4 4
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Sculpture 3 3
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 5 6
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Social Studies Teacher Education
Social Work 1 28 18 6 126 1 185
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education 3 12 3 2 28 1 51
Sociology 6 21 18 7 31 1 85
Spanish Language Teacher Education 1 2 8 12
Spanish Language and Literature 7 26 1 35
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 2 45 1 50
Speech Teacher Education
Statistics, General 56 4 1 14 30 2 107
Statistics, Other 1 2 3
Systems Engineering
Systems Science and Theory 2 2 5 1 35 47
Taxation 2 1 4 6 14 1 31
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 12 1 2 5 20
Technical Teacher Education 5 4 2 1 34 1 48
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences, General 4 1 2 7 14
Voice and Opera 4 4

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 147th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $106,351 ($114,488 male / $84,554 female)
Number of FT Faculty 2,176 (1,409 male / 767 female)
Number of PT Faculty 2,487
FT Faculty Ratio 0.9 : 1
Total Benefits $224,984,594

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