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University of Illinois at Springfield

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The University of Illinois at Springfield is one of three campuses of the world-class University of Illinois system. Each year, approximately 4,900 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students attend classes. UIS believes in small class sizes where professors get to personally know their students and support them as they pursue their college degrees. Initially established as Sangamon State University in 1969, UIS became a University of Illinois campus in 1995. The 746-acre campus is located on the southeast side of Springfield, the state’s capital.

Over the years, UIS has gained national recognition for their research excellence, graduate success, and a very strong government / political science program.


At the University of Illinois-Springfield, students are able to choose from 44 degree-granting programs. In order to cater to individual student needs, classes are offered during the day, in the evenings, on weekends, and online. There are 23 bachelor’s degree programs, 20 master’s degree programs, and one doctoral program.

In addition to the myriad of courses available, students can also take advantage of campus-wide wireless access, “smart” classrooms, PC and Mac computer labs, a television studio, and email accounts for all students.

Four colleges make up the academic program at UIS. They include:

Business and Management

The College of Business and Management offers a number of programs for students. College officials are committed to meeting the needs of both traditional and non-traditional learners as they seek knowledge and hone skills. Students may earn undergraduate degrees in accountancy, business administration, economics, and management. Master’s degrees can be earned in accountancy, business administration, and management information systems.

Education and Human Services

Within the College of Education and Human Services, students are able to earn degrees in elementary and secondary education, school counseling, and educational leadership. Within the realm of human services, students are able to explore such areas as alcoholism and substance abuse, child and family services, and gerontology social services administration. Due to the close proximity to state governmental agencies, UIS students are able to partner with the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Human Services.

Liberal Arts and Sciences

The largest college at UIS, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, offers a variety of programs ranging from the humanities and computer science to natural sciences and physics. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences strives to prepare students for the future “by providing a broad educaiton for success.” There is a huge focus on critical thinking, appreciation of the humanities, and scientific logic as part of human development.

Public Affairs and Administration

The College of Public Affairs and Administration at UIS provides students with programs surrounding public affairs education and active service to the community. The College offers the only doctoral program in the University, namely a doctorate of Public Administration. With its location near the state’s capital, UIS students can benefit from their local community members by partnering with practitioners from the field. The programs offered include, but are not limited to criminal justice, global studies, political studies, public health, and legal studies.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Financial Aid

University of Illinois at Springfield students are able to gain financial assistance for their studies in multiple ways. They can apply for grants, loans, and scholarships as well as earn money through the Federal Work Study Program. Students must apply for assistance by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

There are several deadlines that students need to be aware of if they are interested in applying for financial aid. Students wishing to attend UIS beginning in the fall semester must apply by mid-November. The spring semester deadline is mid-April with the summer deadline falling in mid-June. Prospective students need to check on the University’s website for more specific dates.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4211th for the average student loan amount.
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The University of Illinois, Springfield, is a residential University offering housing to their undergraduate and graduate students alike. A wide variety of housing options are available, including residence halls, family housing, apartments, and townhouses.

Freshmen and Sophomores generally reside in one of two residence halls on campus. The three-story buildings are structured so that four students live together in a cluster consisting of two double rooms and a shared bath. Residence halls are equipped with lounges and laundry facilities. Specialty wings are available for students to select from as well, including a healthy lifestyles community, international house, and leadership for life wing, to name a few.

Family housing is available to students who will be living with their legal spouse or domestic partner. Children are also allowed in the one or two bedroom apartments. Family housing comes both furnished and unfurnished. Conveniently, child care is also available on campus for those with young children.

Apartments and townhomes are typically options for upperclassmen and graduate students. These apartments and townhomes are between one and four bedrooms and offer open floor plans, spacious living areas, and kitchen facilities including a microwave and dishwasher.

Office of Student Life

The Office of Student Life at UIS helps build and maintain a culturally rich and intellectually stimulating campus community. Students are encouraged to join extracurricular activities including clubs and organizations. Opportunities are a plenty for students, including social, professional, and service opportunities. Students are also encouraged to start their own clubs and organizations.

Annual Events

Some traditional annual events at UIS include Welcome Week, Siblings Weekend, Springfest, and Homecoming. There are student calendars specifically published with all the events listed for convenience. Facilities on campus provide students with opportunities to participate in special lectures, arts performances, and athletic events.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The UIS Prairie Stars compete in the NCAA Division II league, the Great Lakes Valley Conference, and . The Prairie Stars play in some of the best facilities in the Midwest, including a classic soccer stadium, an Olympic softball complex, and a state-of-the-art basketball and volleyball arena.

The men at UIS are able to compete in:

  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis

The women at UIS are able to compete in:

  • Basketball
  • Softball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball


  • Fiske, Edward. Fiske Guide to Colleges, 27th Edition. Naperville: Sourcebooks, Inc, 2011. Print.
  • UIS Prairie Stars. UIS Prairie Stars. n.d. web. 6 August 2011.
  • University of Illinois – Springfield. University of Illinois – Springfield. n.d. web. 6 August, 2011.

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Ranks 17th in Illinois and 507th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2 0.04
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 11 0.21

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 909 0.78
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 8 0.01
Forcible Rape 103 0.09
Robbery 258 0.22
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1,883 1.61
Larceny 5,076 4.35
Vehicle theft 217 0.19

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Springfield, IL 62703-5407
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population31,211 (31,004 urban / 207 rural)
Households12,887 (2.36 people per house)
Median Household Income$31,844
Families7,766 (3.02 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateArts & sciences plus professions, high graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle doctoral (other field)
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium 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 1345th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $7,176 $7,176 $11,736
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,776 $1,776 $1,776
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $301 $301 $358
FT Graduate Tuition $5,670 $5,670 $10,962
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,762 $1,762 $1,762
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $328 $328 $383
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $22,378 $22,378 $29,698
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $10,378 $10,378 $17,698
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $13,678 $13,678 $20,998

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $8,581 $8,952 $8,581 $8,952 $15,901 $16,272
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,870 $9,000
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,700(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 $3,300

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$60
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 1,469 (529 male / 940 female)
Admitted 878 (307 male / 571 female)
Admission rate 60%
First-time Enrollment 316 (113 male / 203 female)
FT Enrollment 312 (112 male / 200 female)
PT Enrollment 4 (1 male / 3 female)
Total Enrollment5,137

Admission Criteria

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

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Great Lakes Valley Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Great Lakes Valley Conference

ACT Test Admission

357th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 97%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 27
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 26
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 27

SAT Test Admission

234th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 3%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 465 / 623
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 440 / 665
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 905 / 1288

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 Capacity1,107
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$7,000
Board Fee$3,350

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 100 110 38 42 4 991 44 1,355
Accounting 8 1 1 2 60 1 73
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 6 1 1 33 2 43
Business Administration and Management, General 2 10 6 6 1 134 10 173
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 1 12 2 17
Chemistry, General 11 11
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 2 8 1 11
Communication, General 8 4 52 1 66
Computer Science 61 4 2 13 1 82 8 178
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst 12 1 3 13 1 32
Counseling Psychology 1 1 27 29
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 4 1 43 49
Economics, General 1 1 2 4
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 18 18
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision 2 1 1 45 3 52
English Language and Literature, General 1 45 50
Environmental Science 4 4
Environmental Studies 1 21 22
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 1 9 11
History, General 1 1 37 1 40
Human Services, General 15 1 1 26 43
International/Global Studies 1 1 2
Journalism 1 13 14
Legal Professions and Studies, Other 1 2 17 1 21
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 1 4 1 6
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 6 1 1 29 1 38
Management Information Systems, General 8 1 4 6 1 20
Mathematics, General 3 2 25 30
Philosophy 6 6
Political Science and Government, General 1 4 5 1 38 1 51
Psychology, General 11 1 1 55 3 72
Public Administration 3 12 3 4 51 2 77
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other 1 3 6 10
Public Health, General 2 2 1 1 17 2 25
Public Health, Other 1 1 1 3
Social Work 6 33 1 41
Sociology and Anthropology 1 3 8 12
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 1 1

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1524th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $67,709 ($72,863 male / $56,876 female)
Number of FT Faculty 209 (117 male / 92 female)
Number of PT Faculty 348
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $13,189,935

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