[Campus inside] U of I Accepting Money Generating Students?

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) is known as one of the top public schools in the nation. The school is well-known for engineering, business, agriculture and many other programs that the university offers.

Recently, however, UIUC has been undergoing difficulties with state budgeting issues.

According to UIUC International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) annual International statistics, not only have tuition rates increased but the acceptance rate as well. In the last couple years, the international student enrollment including both Undergraduate and Graduate have been increasing drastically. In 2015, the University has a record high of 10,208 international students attending the university. That is an average increasing rate of 4 -7% every year. It can be expected that the total enrollment of international students for 2016 is going to be even higher.

Moreover, according to Acceptance Rate database, UIUC has an average acceptance rate of 65%, 35% of which are applicants that actually choose to enroll. Ironically, most of the students admitted to the university had an SAT score ranging from 1840 to 2120 (out of 2400), or got accepted with an ACT composite score ranging from 26 to 31 (out of 36).Top

Also, based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the university average GPA range for accepted students is between 3.62 – 3.78. The tuition rate has risen approximately 15% since 2010. The tuition fee for the international student was $24,476 (base fee).  The students who entered in Summer 2015 through Spring 2016 had to pay a fee of $28,026. That being said, the majority of admitted students are from China, India, South Korea and many other foreign countries. Annually, the university earns more than $300 million dollars just from international students’ tuition. Though the university claims its criteria for acceptance is based on test scores and GPA, the university continues to accept more international students.

U of I is known as one of the top and prestigious universities in the country. But the university begins to lose its high esteem as it continues to admit students not based on the amount of intelligence in their brains, but based on the amount of money in their wallets.


Sam Lee / Intern Reporter