University of Illinois Essay Admission Requirements


University of Illinois
Urbana-Champaign, Illinois Area

Admission Essay requirements

Explain your interest in the major you selected. Describe an experience related  to  this  area  of  study,  what  first  introduced  you  to  this  field, and/or  your  future  career  goals.  If  you're  applying  to  the  Division  of General Studies,  explain  your academic interests and  strengths or your future career goals. You may include any majors or areas of study you're currently considering. Limit your response to 300 to 400 words.

Admission essay / personal statement essay prompts

The essay part of the application is important because it gives us more insight into who you are and who you want to be. Take  time  to  think  about  and  brainstorm  your  message.  Create  an outline, write a good first draft, and edit multiple times.Instead  of  making  broad  statements  about  what  you  want  to  do,  give specific  examples  from  high  school  or  extracurricular  activities.  And don’t be afraid to add your personal style and voice to your writing!

 It's not necessary for you to repeat information that’s already elsewhere in  your  application.  Stay  focused  on  explaining  how  those  credentials and qualifications will lead to a successful future here. Submitting  a  sloppy­looking  essay  with  spelling  errors  and  glaring mistakes  sends  us  the  message  that you’re  not  serious  about  Illinois. Proofread your essays and ask your counselor, your English teacher, or a parent to take a second look.

Office of Admissions Contacts
Fax: 217­244­4614

How this university ranks
From LinkedIn University Rankings

for Accounting ProfessionalsUndergraduate #9
for Accounting ProfessionalsGraduate #9
for Software Developers at StartupsGraduate #9
for Software DevelopersUndergraduate #12
for Software Developers at StartupsUndergraduate #14
for DesignersGraduate #18
for Software DevelopersGraduate #20

University of Illinois statistics (Alumni data based)

Where they live

Greater Chicago Area - 91,056
Urbana-Champaign, Illinois Area - 28,331
San Francisco Bay Area - 10,359
Greater New York City Area - 7,411
Greater St. Louis Area - 5,938

Where they work

Caterpillar Inc. - 917
Deloitte - 710
Intel Corporation - 704
Google - 695
Microsoft - 683

What they do

Education - 25,837
Engineering - 24,774
Research - 18,301
Sales - 15,596
Operations - 15,476
Entrepreneurship - 14,097
Information Technology - 12,025
Finance - 11,798

What they studied

Computer Science - 11,437
Finance, General - 11,362
Economics - 11,301
Psychology - 11,202
Electrical and Electronics Engineering - 10,141
Accounting - 9,339
Business Administration and Management, General - 8,789
Mechanical Engineering - 8,038

What they’re skilled at

Microsoft Office - 46,559
Leadership - 40,711
Public Speaking - 38,669
Research - 37,875
Management - 36,335
Microsoft Excel - 34,845
Customer Service - 32,185
Project Management -28,790

Notable alumni

Adam Lashinsky

Asst. Managing Editor, Fortune Magazine
contributor at Fox News Channel
Reporter -- The Nikkei Weekly at Nikkei
Silicon Valley columnist at San Jose Mercury News
B.A., history and political science 1985 – 1989



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