Choosing a College: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, IL

As the public flagship institution of the Prairie State, the University of Illinois has well-known strengths in academics (engineering and business in particular), study abroad (over 400 programs to choose from!) and athletics (21 NCAA teams combined with a whole lot of Illini pride). But we’ve uncovered a few facts about Illinois that may surprise you. (1) Every year, Illinois is consistently a top producer of Fulbright Scholars, with 13 student receiving awards in 2017-18. (2) Students with physical disabilities receive exceptional support here, from accessible living accommodations (complete with personal care assistants) to one of the country’s most active and accessible public transportation systems. (3) Students looking to stay fit will love Illinois’ Activities and Recreation Center. The ARC features a 35-foot climbing wall, 12 racquetball courts, hundreds of machines and weights (over 25 ellipticals), and two 50-meter swimming pools (one indoor, one outdoor). (4) Illinois offers over 160 majors, including unique options such as jewelry design; nuclear engineering; and public policy & law. (5) The U of I student body is both diverse and spirited, with 15 percent of undergrads hailing from overseas, and nearly one-quarter of students participating in Greek life. Fun bonus fact: Congratulations to sociology and law professor Rebecca Sandefur on her recent win of a MacArthur “genius grant” Fellowship!

Photo credit: Top, Courtesy of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College. Visit our website to learn more about Elyse Krantz.