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Rank: 25

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Champaign, ILwww.illinois.edu/
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is steadily building its reputation as a stellar research institution. It has been recognized for its high research spending, and its strongest academic programs include accounting, several types of engineering and physics. Students also have access to the country's second largest university library system. (Only Harvard's is larger.) All that scientific knowledge doesn't stamp out some old-fashioned superstition, though: As per campus tradition, generations of students have rubbed the nose on a campus bust of Abraham Lincoln for good luck before exams. The average student at the University of Illinois's flagship campus has an SAT score of about 1380. Those who become Fighting Illini alumni tend to do well in the job market, reporting an early salary to PayScale of $58,600, or about 8% more than schools with similar demographics, according to MONEY's calculations. Illinois was one of the first universities to make its campus more accessible to students with physical disabilities. The university has also gained a reputation in recent years for its large number of international students, especially from Asia. Next time you're on campus, make sure to check out a performance by the Illinois Band, which composer John Philip Sousa once declared "the world's greatest college band."
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$30,800
% of students who get any grants
51%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$17,900
Average price for low-income students
$7,600
admissions
Acceptance rate
60%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1380/29
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
35,476
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
64%
% of need met
65%
% of students who get merit* grants
12%
Average merit grant
$5,240
student success
Graduation rate
85%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Average student debt
$20,500
Average salary within 3 years
$58,600
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
42%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Jan 2

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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