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Admission Comparison Between Best Colleges in Illinois

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Acceptance Rate and Application Statistics

The following table compares the admission related statistics including number of applicants, admitted, and enrolled between best schools in Illinois. The average acceptance rate of best schools in Illinois is 41.40% and the average admission yield (enrollment rate) is 22.47%.
University of Chicago has the tighest (lowest) acceptance rate of 6.48% and University of Chicago has the highest yield (enrollment rate) of 83.46% among best schools in Illinois. The numbers in parenthesis() in below table represent the number and rate by gender (men/women). The statistics is based on the latest data from IPEDS, U.S. Department of Education for academic year 2021-2022.
Admission Stats Comparison Between Best Schools In Illinois
RankName ApplicantsAdmittedEnrolledAcceptance RateEnrollment Rate
1 University of Chicago37,974 (17,513/20,445) 2,460 (1,254/1,206) 2,053 (1,067/986) 6% (7%/6%) 83% (85%/5%)
2 Northwestern University47,636 (21,781/25,855) 3,321 (1,452/1,869) 2,086 (925/1,161) 7% (7%/7%) 63% (64%/4%)
3 Principia College138 (77/61) 116 (61/55) 79 (45/34) 84% (79%/90%) 68% (74%/56%)
4 University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign47,593 (26,955/20,638) 28,395 (14,609/13,786) 8,297 (4,459/3,838) 60% (54%/67%) 29% (31%/19%)
5 Illinois Institute of Technology6,521 (4,268/2,253) 4,311 (2,703/1,608) 505 (343/162) 66% (63%/71%) 12% (13%/7%)
6 Wheaton College1,993 (864/1,129) 1,719 (711/1,008) 546 (237/309) 86% (82%/89%) 32% (33%/27%)
7 Loyola University Chicago37,824 (12,084/25,740) 29,117 (8,859/20,258) 2,867 (845/2,022) 77% (73%/79%) 10% (10%/8%)
8 Illinois Wesleyan University4,543 (2,146/2,397) 2,055 (888/1,167) 432 (233/199) 45% (41%/49%) 21% (26%/8%)
9 Lewis University4,311 (1,941/2,370) 3,072 (1,344/1,728) 567 (282/285) 71% (69%/73%) 18% (21%/12%)
10 Bradley University10,109 (4,121/5,988) 7,669 (3,047/4,622) 1,043 (493/550) 76% (74%/77%) 14% (16%/9%)
Average19,864 (9,175/9,175)8,224 (3,493/4,731)1,848 (893/955)41.40% (38.1%/51.6%)22.47% (25.6%/20.2%)

SAT Scores Comparison

The average SAT score of 25th percentile is 1,219 and 75th percentile is 1,388 for best schools in Illinois. By subject, the average score of the SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing is 646 and the average SAT Math score is 658.
has the highest SAT scores of -1 and has the lowest SAT scores of 1,000,000 among best schools in Illinois. The following table compares SAT Scores between best schools in Illinois for academic year 2021-2022.
SAT Score Comparison Between Best Schools In Illinois
RankNameSubmit%*
(Submit#**)
Evidence-Based Reading and WritingMath
25th 175th 225th 175th 2
1University of Chicago49%
(1,011)
740780770800
2Northwestern University43%
(906)
720770750800
3Principia College30%
(24)
518593510600
4University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign43%
(3,583)
640730680780
5Illinois Institute of Technology39%
(199)
600680630730
6Wheaton College32%
(172)
610710640720
7Loyola University Chicago23%
(652)
590690570670
8Illinois Wesleyan University33%
(143)
580670530640
9Lewis University21%
(120)
520610530630
10Bradley University39%
(407)
530640530640
Average35.20% 604.80687.30 614.00701.00

*Number of first-time degree/certificate-seeking students submitting SAT scores.

**Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking students submitting SAT scores.

125th Percentile: 25% of students scored at or below.

275th Percentile: 25% of students scored above.

ACT Scores Comparison

The average ACT score of 25th percentile is 78 and 75th percentile is 94 for best schools in Illinois. By subject, the average ACT Composite score is 29, the average ACT English score is 29, and the average ACT Math score is 28.
has the highest ACT scores of -1 and has the lowest ACT scores of 1,000,000 among best schools in Illinois. The following table compares ACT Scores between best schools in Illinois for academic year 2021-2022.
ACT Score Comparison Between Best Schools In Illinois
RankNameSubmit%*
(Submit#**)
CompositeEnglishMath
25th 175th 225th 175th 2 25th 175th 2
1University of Chicago35%
(711)
3335 34363135
2Northwestern University39%
(805)
3435 35363235
3Principia College13%
(10)
2128 21282027
4University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign24%
(1,985)
2934 29352834
5Illinois Institute of Technology20%
(102)
2632 25332632
6Wheaton College25%
(136)
2732 26352430
7Loyola University Chicago22%
(618)
2732 26342529
8Illinois Wesleyan University31%
(135)
2429 24302329
9Lewis University9%
(52)
2026 20261927
10Bradley University17%
(175)
2430 23312328
Average23.50% 26.5031.30 26.3032.40 25.1030.60

*Number of first-time degree/certificate-seeking students submitting SAT scores.

**Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking students submitting SAT scores.

125th Percentile: 25% of students scored at or below.

275th Percentile: 25% of students scored above.

Application Requirements

The following table list and compare the requirements when applying best schools in Illinois based on academic year 2021-2022 data.
Application Requirements Comparison Between Best Schools In Illinois
Rank NameHS GPAHS RankHS Record Prep. ProgramRec.Compe.SAT/ACTTOEFL
1 University of Chicago
2 Northwestern University
3 Principia College
4 University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
5 Illinois Institute of Technology
6 Wheaton College
7 Loyola University Chicago
8 Illinois Wesleyan University
9 Lewis University
10 Bradley University

: Required : Considered but not Required : Recommended : Neither Required nor Recommended

  • HS GPA: High School or Secondary School GPA
  • HS Rank: High School or Secondary School Rank
  • HS Record: High School or Secondary School Record
  • Prep. Program: Completion of College Preparatory Program
  • Rec.: Recommendations
  • Comp.: Formal demonstration of competencies (e.g., portfolios, certificates of mastery, assessment instruments)
The ranking data is provided by CollegeEvaluator. We compare the schools that ranked top 10 in Illinoisand in top 500 ranking for all colleges and universities in United States.