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Overall Score: 75.82

University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, IL http://www.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 slightly higher than peer schools and also boasts a relatively 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 one of UIC's 16 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 campus’s 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 Lil Tecca and Nick Jonas.

Costs

Est. full price 2022-2023
$31,800
% of students who get any grants
72%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$13,300
Average price for low-income students
$10,550

Admissions

Acceptance rate
73%
Median SAT/ACT score
1150/25
SAT/ACT required?
No
Undergraduate enrollment
21,310

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
92%
% of need met
66%
% of students who get merit grants
7%
Average merit grant
$5,360

Student Success

Graduation rate
59%
Average time to a degree
4.5 years
Median student debt
$17,250
Early career earnings
$59,780
% earning more than a high school grad
76%

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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