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Rank: 73

University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, ILwww.uic.edu
With more than 19,000 undergraduate students, this public research institution has quite the presence in the Windy City. The University of Illinois at Chicago has a graduation rate that's nearly 25% higher than peer schools and also boasts a diverse student body, with significant white, Hispanic, and Asian populations on its 240-acre campus. When they're not cramming for the popular business, biology, or psychology classes in UIC's 15 academic colleges, students can explore all that downtown Chicago has to offer or join one of the school's more than 300 student organizations. Most students live off campus, and commuters can take advantage of the Commuter Student Resource Center, which has not only a lounge area and a kitchen but also lockers and study rooms. For fun, students can check out the 43-foot rock-climbing wall, attend a free comedy show, listen to UIC Radio or catch a Flames game. Every fall, students flock to Spark in the Park, a free concert that in recent years has featured performers like Kid Cudi and Nick Jonas.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$32,000
% of students who get any grants
65%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$12,700
Average price for low-income students
$10,180
admissions
Acceptance rate
77%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1210/23
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
19,106
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
82%
% of need met
61%
% of students who get merit* grants
4%
Average merit grant
$5,663
student success
Graduation rate
57%
Average time to a degree
4.6 years
Average student debt
$18,110
Average salary within 3 years
$55,000
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
42%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Jan 15

* 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, Opportunity Insights.

* 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, Opportunity Insights.

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