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Acceptance Rate 54.67%
Yield (Enrollment Ratio) 22.99%
Applicants 408,538
Admitted 223,363
Enrolled 51,355

Applying To Illinois Colleges

The average acceptance rate is 54.67% at Illinois colleges and universities where total 408,538 students have applied and 223,363 have been accepted. The average undergraduate application fees is $62.00 and the graduate application fees is $55.00. Next table presents the general admission information for applying to Illinois colleges.
General Admission Information of Illinois Colleges
Open Admission Policy143 out of 270 schools
Average Undergraduate Application Fees$ 62.00
Average Graduate Application Fees$ 55.00
Average Acceptance Rate54.67%
Average Yield (Enrollment Rate)22.99%
Average Test Scores1,115 SAT / 23 ACT

Acceptance Rates and Headcounts

For academic year 2020-2021, total 408,538 students (176,680 men and 230,978 women) applied to and 223,363 (90,937 men and 132,340 women) students were accepted to admit Illinois Colleges. Among them, 23,402 men and 27,952 women were enrolled into Illinois schools. The average acceptance rate is 54.67% and admission yield (enrollment rate) is 22.99%. The table below shows the Illinois colleges admission statistics including admission and enrolment rates.
Admission Statistics for Illinois Colleges (2020-2021)
TotalMenWomen
Applicants408,538176,680230,978
Admitted223,36390,937132,340
Enrolled51,35523,40227,952
Acceptance Rate 54.67% 51.47% 57.30%
Enrollment Ratio 22.99% 25.73% 21.12%
[Chart]Illinois Colleges Average Acceptance Rate and Yield

Average SAT and ACT Scores

For Illinois college, 30,376 students (69.00% of enrolled) have submitted their SAT scores and 19,751 students (42.00%) have submitted their ACT scores for seeking degrees. For score submitters, SAT 75th percentile score is 1,217 and 25th percentile score is 1,013. For ACT scores, 75th percentile score is 77 and 25th percentile score is 57. Next table shows the detail SAT and ACT scores distribution of enrolled students at Illinois colleges and universities.
SAT and ACT Score Distribution at Illinois Colleges
25th Percentile75th Percentile
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing508.00608.00
SAT Math505.00609.00
ACT Composite20.0026.00
ACT Math18.0025.00
ACT English19.0026.00
[Chart] SAT/ACT Distribution - Illinois Colleges
[Chart] Average SAT Scores - Illinois Colleges
[Chart] Average ACT Scores - Illinois Colleges

Calendar System and Accepted Credits

In Illinois State, 127 schools use semester calendar systems and 23 schools are based on quarter system. Next table lists the number of schools with their calendar systems.
Semester127 out of 270 schools
Quarter23 out of 270 schools
Trimester4 out of 270 schools
Four-one-four plan7 out of 270 schools
Other academic year4 out of 270 schools
Differs by program36 out of 270 schools
Continuous57 out of 270 schools
Un-Known/Other12 out of 270 schools
Next table describes credits that Illinois colleges and universities are accepting for their students
Dual Credits114 out of 270 schools
Credits for Life Experiences80 out of 270 schools
Advanced placement (AP) Credits133 out of 270 schools
Credit for Military Training112 out of 270 schools

Application Requirements

55 Illinois schools require High School GPA and 64 schools require High School Record (or Transcript). The test scores such as SAT and ACT are required by 47 Illinois colleges. Next table summarizes the application requirements for applying to Illinois colleges.
Admission Checklist for Illinois Colleges
RequiredRecommended
High School GPA555
High School Rank726
High School Record (or Transcript)641
Completion of College Preparatory Program2427
Recommendations2319
Formal Demonstration of Competencies59
Admission Test Scores479
TOEFL4911
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)51