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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Narrative Description


601 East John St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Tel: (217)333-1000
Admissions: (217)333-0302
Fax: (217)244-7278
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State-supported, university, coed. Part of University of Illinois System. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1867. Setting: 1,470-acre small town campus. Endowment: $731.5 million. Research spending 2003-04: $361.9 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $11,800 per student. Total enrollment: 40,694. Faculty: 2,559 (2,166 full-time, 393 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 21,914 applied, 68% were admitted. 50% from top 10% of their high school class, 86% from top quarter, 99% from top half. Full-time: 28,697 students, 47% women, 53% men. Part-time: 942 students, 44% women, 56% men. Students come from 52 states and territories, 70 other countries, 8% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 6% Hispanic, 7% black, 13% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 2% 25 or older, 39% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 93% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; engineering/engineering technologies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at members of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, Midwest Universities Consortium for International Activities. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Required for some: audition, statement of professional interest. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadline: 12/15. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. State resident tuition: $7042 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $21,128 full-time. Mandatory fees: $1511 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, program, and student level. College room and board: $6710. College room only: $2970. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Tuition guaranteed not to increase for student's term of enrollment.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 1,000 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 22% of eligible men and 22% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Volunteer Illini Project, Alpha Phi Omega, Indian Student Organization, Residence Hall Association. Major annual events: Homecoming, Moms' Weekend/Dads' Weekend, Quad Day. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, safety training classes, ID cards with safety numbers. 11,033 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. University Library plus 42 others with 10.2 million books, 9.2 million microform titles, 89,444 serials, 169,894 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $33.8 million. 3,500 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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