UIUC Admissions 2022: Requirements, Fee Details & FAQs ,,USA

  • Champaign,USA

The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC) is a public land-grant research university located in the twin cities of Urbana and Champaign in east-central Illinois, USA.

Its campus is situated about 140 miles south of Chicago, 125 miles west of Indianapolis, and 180 miles northeast of St. Louis.

UIUC is among the 37 original public land-grant institutions created after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act in 1862. The university was renamed in 1885.

Some of the interesting university facts are discussed below:

UIUC Highlights

The university is a member of the NCAA Division I Intercollegiate Athletics team. It offers various sports to both men and women. These include basketball, football, tennis, volleyball, track and field, softball, soccer, etc.

Courses Offered


What courses are available to international students?


The university offers more than 150 undergraduate and over 100 graduate and professional programs to students. The areas of study are listed below:

UIUC Study Areas

Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences

Applied Health Sciences


Labour and Employment Relations



Fine and Applied Arts


General Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Information Sciences



Social Work

Veterinary Medicine


International students may choose their area of specialization in either of the aforementioned fields.


Eligibility & Documents Required


What are the eligibility requirements?


The eligibility criteria and language requirements for international students applying to different programs offered by the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign are:

Eligibility Requirements for Undergraduates

Academic: Students must study the following subjects during their high school years:

  • English - 4 years required
  • Mathematics - 3 or 3.5 years required
  • Social Sciences - 2 years required
  • Lab Sciences - 2 years required
  • Language other than English - 2 years required
  • Flexible Academic Units - 2 years required

Qualifying Exams: SAT or ACT score may be required for some courses.

English: International undergraduates applying from non-English-speaking countries like India need to prove their language proficiency through either of the following exam scores:

Exams Accepted

Minimum Undergraduate Score Required


80 or above

IELTS Academic

6.5 bands or higher

Duolingo (DET)

110 or more

Eligibility Requirements for Graduates

  • Students must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college in the United States or a comparable degree from a recognized institution of higher learning abroad.
  • A grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a scale of 4.0 or a comparable GPA for an international student in the last two years of undergraduate study is a minimum requirement.
  • The following are the English language requirements relevant to graduate students:

Qualifying Exams: GRE or GMAT score may be required for some courses.

English: International graduates applying from non-English-speaking countries like India need to prove their language proficiency through either of the following exam scores:

Exams Accepted

Minimum Graduate Score Required


79 or higher

IELTS Academic

At least 6.5 bands


60 or more


105 or above

Note: These are generic requirements for graduates and undergraduates aspiring to study at the university. Some of the courses may have higher score requirements or different academic and language requirements.

Please refer to the intended course page on the university website to check the exact limit on each course.


What documents are needed for the university application?


International students need to submit the following sets of documents for all graduate and undergraduate application at UIUC:

Undergraduate Documents

  • ICSE, SSCE Certificate
  • Standard X exam certificate
  • O-level/GCSE/IGCSE certificate, if available
  • A-Level certificate, if available
  • International Baccalaureate results or diploma
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Passport copy
  • ACT/SAT scores, if required

Graduate Documents

Note: All the supporting documents must be in English. Document requirements may vary with different programs. To check the exact requirements, please refer to the intended course page on the university website.


Application & Tuition Fees


Is there any application fees?


The university charges an application fee of USD 75 for undergraduate students and USD 90 for graduate applicants. The application fee is non-refundable. Students can pay the fee online through credit/debit cards.


What is the fee structure of different courses available at the university?


Tuition fees vary depending on the course and program. Given below is the estimated highest and lowest annual tuition fee for international students for different bachelors, masters, and doctoral programs offered by UIUC in the academic session 2021-2022:

UIUC Tuition Fee

Source: University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Note: Tuition fees might be different for different courses and majors. Additionally, the overall cost of the study is likely to include additional charges such as books, supplies, health insurance, student fees, living expenses, and miscellaneous expenses.

Please also note that the university reserves all rights to revise the tuition fee before a new academic session. To learn about the latest course fees, it is recommended to check the university website.


Scholarships & Financial Aid


Is there any scholarship or financial aid available for international students?


The university offers several scholarships to its qualifying international graduates and undergraduates. Some of these are:

Illinois Achievement Scholarship

This scholarship is for undergraduate students. The scholarship value is up to USD 10,000 (tuition-restricted). It can be renewed for 4 years if students maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Native American Peoria Tribe Scholarship

This is for Members of the Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma (connected historically with the Stateof Illinois) who have filed a 2021-2022 FAFSA. It covers extra tuition fees, campus fees, and residential expenses not covered by other scholarships. It can also be renewed for 4 years.

Native American Tribal National Scholarship

This scholarship is for a student who is not a resident of the State of Illinois, is a member of any Tribal Nations federally recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and has filed a 2021-2022 FAFSA. The scholarship amount covers the difference between non-resident and resident tuition fees. This is renewable for up to 4 years.

College-specific scholarships

These are college-specific scholarships offered by different colleges under Illinois University. These are based on a student’s credentials.

Dean Arthur Hamilton International Assistance Fund

This is awarded to both undergraduates and graduates. This scholarship covers unexpected expenses, such as travel, medical, or accidental costs. This is not a tuition fee-based scholarship.

Note: Scholarship deadlines and amounts may vary with progressive years. Students must check the exact deadlines and minimum requirements with their respective departments and apply for the desirable awards on time to make their profiles considerable.

For more details on the scholarship application process and deadlines, please visit the university’s scholarship webpage.


Admission Process


When do the admissions start?


The tentative application deadlines for international undergraduates are given below:

Admission Type


Priority Admission

Early November

Regular Decision

Early January

*Deadlines vary depending on the course and can change frequently. We encourage you to check the university website for the exact deadlines.

The application deadlines for international graduates vary based on different courses. Most of the graduate courses have rolling deadlines that allows aspirants to apply throughout the year. As soon as admissions for the current intake closes, the application window for the next intake opens. Thus, students may apply anytime for the upcoming session.

Note: It is recommended to apply six months in advance before the start of a new academic session as the window for international applicants is most likely to close by that time. Also, International applications need to be processed early to allow students enough time for visa preparation.


What are the steps to an undergraduate application?


International undergraduates can apply to the programs using the Coalition Application, MyIllini Application, or Common Application. The links for all these applications are given below:

  • Coalition Application: www.coalitionforcollegeaccess.org/
  • Common Application: www.commonapp.org/
  • MyIllini Application: myillini.illinois.edu/IdentityManagement/Account/Create

What students need to do is, visit the said portals and follow the step-by-step instructions online.


What are the steps to a graduate application?


International graduates can apply to postgraduate courses through the university’s application portal at choose.illinois.edu/apply/. The step-by-step process to apply for application is as follows:

Step 1: Visit choose.illinois.edu/account/register to create a new account.

UIUC Application Steps

Step 2: Fill in your personal information such as name, gender, contact information, permanent address, country, etc.

UIUC Application Steps

Step 3: Fill in your education history, program information, employment history, test scores, passport information, etc. Upload all the required documents such as resumes, letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc.

UIUC Application Steps

Step 4: After filling in all the required fields and information, students can review and submit the application. In case of missing information, students can go back to the page and fill out all the missing fields highlighted in red.

UIUC Application Steps

Next, wait for the results.


When will I hear from the university after I submit my application?


Students will likely hear from the university within 2 months of submitting their online applications. The university sends most students at least 2 readings to check all preliminary decisions to ensure a high level of consistency. Students can also check the application status by logging in to the admission portal.

Note: It is recommended to register with an active email ID and check it frequently for the latest updates on admission related information. Also, students must remain active on the official website of the university to stay updated with any admission related announcements.


Student Diversity & Preferred Profile


What are the chances of getting into this university?


The university receives more than 38,000 applications from international students across 100+ countries of the world. The acceptance rate of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign is 62%. The university evaluates students’ academic records. They will review the highest ACT or SAT score (if provided). The college and the program to which a student applies also play a very important role, as every college has slightly different evaluation criteria.

Students should submit well-written essays emphasizing their interest in the majors selected. Also, students must showcase the experiences related to this major through their activities, honors, and awards. The university will also look for achievements in extracurricular activities. They also consider student backgrounds, diversity, veteran status, geographic locations, and first-generation status.


How many Indian/international students are studying at the university?


Each year, approximately 10,834 students receive admission to the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. As of 2021, nearly 1,464 students are Indians out of the total students studying at the university.

UIUC Student Body 2021-2022

Here is a graphical representation of total students enrolled at the university in the academic year 2021-2022:

UIUC Student Body 2021-2022

Source: University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

This share of 24% international students represents 113 nationalities from across the world.


Part Time Work While Studying


Can I work while studying here?


Yes, international students on a valid work permit on their study visa can work while studying at UIUC. Students may choose to work both on and off-campus for 15-20 hours per week during school sessions and full-time during summer and other breaks.

Many employers in the Champaign-Urbana community hire students for part-time positions. These positions can be found on Handshake, in local newspapers, or by visiting places of business posting "Help Wanted" signs.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate student assistantships and tuition waivers provide graduate students with financial aid. Students with assistantships have educational and professional benefits. The responsibilities and benefits of assistantships vary. But in general, students with assistantships learn techniques relevant to their fields.

Students can enhance their research skills, acquire the pedagogical experience necessary for an academic career, and develop professional skills, such as leadership, interpersonal effectiveness, and performance evaluation. They also have a chance of establishing collegial collaborations with advisors who can help them with joint publications.

How to Apply for a Visa

  • Submit the online I-20 application.
  • Submit complete and accurate information about your financial status. A student’s bank account should have a minimum of USD 63,900 for at least 1 year of study.
  • Submit a valid copy of your passport.

Visa Rules

  • The Certificate of Eligibility Form I-20 will only be issued to applicants who request and are eligible for an F-1 visa.
  • A DS-2019 Form will be issued to the admitted students who request and are eligible for a J-1 visa.
  • Students dependent on J-2 visas can seek employment.
  • A student cannot enroll or pursue studies while on a B1/B2 or F-2 visa.
  • Students can choose to enroll and pursue studies while on an H-1 visa, or they can choose to change their status to a student visa. However, such students cannot accept a graduate assistantship appointment.

Note: International students are advised to check the conditions of working in a foreign country on their study visa. They are also advised to confirm any specific instructions on the same from their respective departments and faculties. Under no circumstances should they be found compromising with the law and order of the country.

Students must also get familiar with the rules and regulations of working in a foreign country and learn about the minimum wages they are entitled to. For more details, students can check the on and off-campus opportunities on the university website. Also, refer to the USA Study Visa Guide and F1 Visa Guide.


Campuses & Accommodation


How many colleges and campuses does the university have?


UIUC has a single huge campus in Illinois, USA covering over 1,783 acres of land. The university district has 354 buildings spread over 3.6 square miles (2,295 acres). There are 651 active university-owned buildings located inside the campus master plan boundary spread over 9.9 square miles (6,370 acres).

The university campus is famous for its library catalog. More than 10 lakh people visit the university’s online library catalog. It has one of the largest public university libraries in the world, with more than 240 lakh resources.

It has over 20 area studies libraries, one of the larger engineering libraries in the country, a state-of-the-art agricultural library, and a world-renowned rare books and manuscripts library. 100% of the classes at this university have wireless access.

Further, the university boasts 16 colleges and schools dedicated to various academic majors and over 1,000 registered student organizations, coalitions, honorary societies, and teams.


Is on-campus housing available? How much does it cost?


Yes, on-campus housing is available for international students. There are a total of 24 undergraduate university residence halls that accommodate 8,550 students, including 10 Living-Learning Communities.

On-Campus Accommodation

The following table lists the options and rates of residence halls with and without meal prices:

Room and Meals

Annual Rates (in USD)

Traditional Hall (Air Conditioning)

Room and 12 Classic Meals + 15 Dining Dollars

Single – 13,392

Double – 11,766

Room and 10 Classic Meals + 45 Dining Dollars

Single – 14,120

Double – 12,494

Room and All Classic Meals

Single – 14,512

Double – 12,886

Nugent Hall

Room and 12 Classic Meals + 15 Dining Dollars

Single – 13,782

Double – 12,158

Room and 10 Classic Meals + 45 Dining Dollars

Single – 14,510

Double – 12,886

Bousfield Hall

Room and 12 Classic Meals + 15 Dining Dollars

Single – 14,410

Double – 12,734

Room and 10 Classic Meals + 45 Dining Dollars

Single – 15,138

Double – 13,462

Source: University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Daniels and Sherman Hall

The semester rates for the Daniels and Sherman Hall are as follows:

Residence Halls

Semester Rates (in USD)

Sherman Hall

Single – 5,830

Double – 5,580

Daniels Hall

Single w/ private bath – 7,698

Single w/ shared bath – 7,388

Double – 6,740

Source: University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Resident Meal Plans

The options and cost for meals plans for on-campus residents is given below:

Meals and Dining Dollars Per Week

Annual Rates (in USD)

 6 Classic Plan


 6 Classic + 25 Dining Dollars Plan


 12 Classic + 15 Dining Dollars Plan


 10 Classic + 45 Dining Dollars Plan


 All Dining Dollars (130) Plan


 Maximum Classic Plan


Source: University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Living Expenses

The living expenses that international students might incur during their time of education have been specified by the university as follows:

Living Expenses

Annual Rates (in USD)

Room and Board


Books and Supplies


Other Expenses


Source: University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

International students must keep into account these and other miscellaneous costs along with the tuition fee while preparing their overall budget.

Off-Campus Accommodation

There are 15 private certified housing units and 61 Greek houses, accommodating nearly 6,000 undergraduate students. There are 3 university-owned apartment complexes, where 2,000 single graduate students or students with families live. Two residential halls are home to 720 graduates and upper-division students.

Note: Living costs vary depending on students’ lifestyle choices. Additionally, housing and dining rates are subject to change with progressive years. To know the exact costs of on or off-campus accommodation, please check the university’s accommodations webpage.

Please note that you must run a security check on any off-campus accommodation you choose. Also, you must prepare for the additional charges and facilities offered in off-campus housing. Since accommodations are offered on a contractual basis, it is recommended to do a thorough check before investing a huge amount in an unknown place.


University Contact Information


Whom should I contact in case of any doubts?


In case of doubts or queries, international students may contact the university at the following address:

Website: illinois.edu

Address: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 901 West Illinois Street, Urbana, IL 61801, USA

Email: admissions@illinois.edu

Telephone: +1 217 333 0302


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