Acceptance Rate 59.82%
Yield (Enrollment Ratio) 20.16%
Applicants 430,629
Admitted 257,605
Enrolled 51,921

Applying To Illinois Colleges

The average acceptance rate is 59.82% at Illinois colleges and universities, a total of 430,629 students applied and 257,605 were accepted. The average undergraduate application fees is $64 and the graduate application fees is $52. The following table presents the general admission information for applying to Illinois colleges.
General Admission Information of Illinois Colleges
Open Admission Policy135 out of 239 schools
Undergraduate Application Fees$64
Graduate Application Fees$52
Acceptance Rate59.82%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)20.16%
Test Scores1,130 SAT / 24 ACT

Acceptance Rates and Headcounts

For the academic year 2022-2023, total 430,629 students (186,797 men and 242,851 women) applied to and 257,605 (103,658 men and 153,748 women) students were accepted to admit Illinois Colleges. Among them, 23,268 men and 28,652 women were enrolled into Illinois schools.
The average acceptance rate is 59.82% and admission yield (enrollment rate) is 20.16%. The table below shows the Illinois colleges admission statistics including admission and enrolment rates.
Admission Statistics for Illinois Colleges (2022-2023)
Acceptance Rate 59.82% 55.49% 63.31%
Yield (Enrollment Rate) 20.16% 22.45% 18.64%
[Chart]Illinois Colleges Average Acceptance Rate and Yield

Average SAT and ACT Scores

In Illinois, 2 colleges require SAT and ACT score and 5 colleges recommend them to their applicant. In addition, 44 colleges consider the test score in selection process, while it is not required.
14,855 students (35.00%) submitted their SAT scores and 8,192 students (19.00%) submitted their ACT scores for seeking degrees. For score submitters, SAT 75th percentile score is 1,237 and 25th percentile score is 1,023. For ACT scores, 75th percentile score is 27 and 25th percentile score is 21.
The following table shows the detailed SAT and ACT scores distribution of first-time enrolled students at Illinois colleges and universities.
SAT and ACT Score Distribution at Illinois Colleges
25th Percentile75th Percentile
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing516621
SAT Math507616
ACT Composite2127
ACT Math1926
ACT English2027
[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, 123 schools use semester calendar systems and 15 schools are based on quarter system. Next table lists the number of schools with their calendar systems.
Semester123 out of 239 schools
Quarter15 out of 239 schools
Trimester3 out of 239 schools
Four-one-four plan7 out of 239 schools
Other academic year1 out of 239 schools
Differs by program30 out of 239 schools
Continuous49 out of 239 schools
Un-Known/Other11 out of 239 schools
Next table describes credits that Illinois colleges and universities are accepting for their students
Dual Credits108 out of 239 schools
Credits for Life Experiences83 out of 239 schools
Advanced placement (AP) Credits126 out of 239 schools
Credit for Military Training104 out of 239 schools

Application Requirements

52 Illinois schools require High School GPA and 61 schools require High School Record (or Transcript). The test scores such as SAT and ACT are required by 2 Illinois colleges. Next table summarizes the application requirements for applying to Illinois colleges.
Admission Checklist for Illinois Colleges
High School GPA526
High School Rank320
High School Record (or Transcript)611
Completion of College Preparatory Program2323
Formal Demonstration of Competencies48
Admission Test Scores25
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)41