Academics

Location
Champaign, IL
Undergrads
31,118
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Junior

Academics: We do get to work in a restaurant that is run by students on Fridays which sounds bad, but is fun because of the people.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors offer numerous research opportunities and there are always options for work study programs. The registration process is done efficiently and there are many classes that are with renowned professors, but also smaller classes to promote learning.

4 College Freshman

Academics: A lot of networking, fun, interactive.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: There is not that much conversation about them.

3 College Junior

Academics: The program is great and the advisers and professors are very knowledgeable. The workload is definitely not easy, but my motto is always "work hard and play hard". There are many diverse internship options for students.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 21st
    Best Course Variety
  • 45th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 187th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 254th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 422nd
    Best Registration Process

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Emily Thiersch
Hometown
Wilmette, Ill.
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The University’s business and agricultural programs are world-renowned and very popular, but the liberal arts and sciences programs do not receive the same patronage from the University. Some students complain about the state of the English building compared to the engineering buildings, claming that arts majors are passed over in favor of other majors. However, U of I still has great drama and writing departments, and it has recently added a creative writing master’s degree. Efforts are being made to reach out to other interests, but the bulk of this school is still the engineering department. If that’s your interest, U of I is definitely a competitive choice.

Many professors are dedicated to teaching and reaching out to their students. Most make themselves available, and a few have even been known to give out their home phone numbers. Still, it can be hard to get acclimated to a school of 28,000, which is why the University implemented discussion groups to accompany big lectures (though not all lectures are huge, and some classes are entirely discussion-based). These discussion sections are generally led by teaching assistants (TAs), some of whom are excellent teachers, though others are less than enthusiastic. If you want help outside of class, the best bet is office hours or online notes. Most big classes, such as general education classes, have Web sites that include notes and PowerPoint presentations online, so you never miss anything even if you skip a class or can’t keep up with the teacher’s notes. Of course, every university has its share of terrible teachers, but the faculty is generally well-informed and caring, and every once in a while, you meet a really great teacher who inspires you.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
20:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
2,050
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
343
Total FT Faculty
2,148
Faculty with Terminal Degree
92%
Average Faculty Salary
$99,367
Full-Time Retention Rate
94%
Part-Time Retention Rate
33%
Graduation Rate
84%
Programs/Majors Offered
182
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 38%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 43%
  • 50 or More Students: 19%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): Yes
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences
  • College of Applied Health Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Fine and Applied Arts
  • College of Law
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • College of Media
  • College of Medicine
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Institute of Aviation
  • Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations
  • School of Social Work
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting: 3%
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology: 2%
  • Economics and Econometrics: 2%
  • Psychology: 2%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Grainger Engineering Library
  • Illini Union
  • Main or Undergrad Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Be smart about when you do and do not go to class.
  • Don't be mean to your teachers just because you think you pay them.
  • Don't take an unfair grade lying down.
  • Get a job. It will break up your day, and the extra cash is great to use to check out all the cool things on campus.
  • Get involved in something (or a few things) and branch out! You're here primarily for school, but joining a sorority or fraternity can give you a very unique experience.
  • Go to the library.
  • Make a calendar and be sure to check it twice a week or so, if not more often. This is really important if your classes or assignments are online. I know I've made the mistake of not checking a due date for online quizzes.
  • Participate in class and get to know your professors. Go in to their office hours to get help even if you don't really need it.
  • Realize that going out and getting drunk is a trade-off; it is not always worth being hung over in class on a Wednesday. Decide when you need to study and when you really want to go out.
  • Study in between classes. Don't just waste your time napping. It's better to work now, and then play later.
  • Turn off your cell phone in class. Who are you, Paris Hilton?
Did You Know?
  • U of I offers Discovery Courses for all freshmen. These classes are small and geared towards first-year students. Instead of being overwhelmed by a huge lecture class in their freshman year, students can participate in class and have one-on-one discussions with the teacher.
  • The Writers' Workshop offers free writing help for all students. You can walk in with a rough draft and walk out with a polished paper, free of grammatical errors and writing goofs.
  • U of I offers winter courses abroad through the department of LAS, with $500 scholarships offered to all LAS students. Courses abroad are a chance for adventuresome students to explore a foreign city while meeting like-minded undergrads. Courses abroad offered in 2008 included Paris, France; Salvador, Brazil; Istanbul, Turkey; Delhi, India; and Burkina Faso.
  • U of I boasts the third largest academic library in North America, topped only by Yale and Harvard. This makes it the largest public university library in existence.
  • Vodafone, one of the largest mobile telecommunications network companies in the world, recently donated a $3.3 million grant to the College of Engineering, naming it one of the best engineering programs in the country.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 18 responses

  • 27% Hugh Hefner - Playboy creator
  • 18% Roger Ebert - world-renowned film critic
  • 16% Dick Butkus - NFL hall of famer
  • 8% Ellen Degeneres
  • 6% Rosalyn Sussman Yallow - Nobel Prize, medicine
  • 6% Carl Woess
  • 6% Nick Offerman
  • 4% Wendell Stanley -Nobel Prize winner
  • 2% Andy Richter - Conan O'Brien sidekick, sitcom star
  • 2% Michael Colgrass - Pulitzer Prize winner in music
  • 2% Steve Chen
  • 2% Martin Eberhard

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 130 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 131 responses

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  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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