Record number of applications received


The College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign received a record 10,686 applications for the fall 2014 freshmen class—a 19 percent increase from last year’s applicant pool of 8,954 students. The number of applicants has doubled since 2010, when 5,330 students applied.

At the same time, the quality of the applicant pool has never been higher. The average composite ACT score for entering classes rose from 31.2 in 2010 to 32.1 in 2013. The average composite ACT score for applicants has risen from 30.4 in 2010 to 30.9 for this year’s applicants.

Illinois’ engineering program is consistently ranked in the Top 5 nationally and internationally, and it is among the country’s Top 3 schools in terms of the number of undergraduate degrees awarded each year.

“This major expansion in the number of applicants is a great vote of confidence,” said Andreas Cangellaris, dean of the College of Engineering. “It tells us that people recognize the value of an engineering degree from Illinois. And it tells us that students appreciate that Illinois’ comprehensive range of majors and innovative ways of teaching allow them to specialize while developing into a well-rounded engineer.”

To keep pace with this growing demand, the College of Engineering at Illinois has expanded its faculty, with a net increase of 23 new faculty members since 2010, with plans to add another 40 to 50 faculty over the next five years.