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Accessible Education

A high-quality education shouldn't be out of reach, financially or academically, for driven students and their families. The University of Illinois System opens its doors widely, providing support to make our three universities accessible and affordable. We ensure learners from all walks of life—especially those from historically underrepresented groups—have multiple pathways to the jobs of the future.

Fast Facts

  • 79% of undergraduates at U of I System universities are Illinois residents
  • More than half of all students enrolled in a public university in Illinois are enrolled a system university
  • We have students from every county in the state
  • 32% of undergraduates identify as being part of an underrepresented minority group

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Programs & Initiatives

Across our system, we are developing and nurturing programs that make an education at a U of I System university accessible and attainable for learners.

Admissions Offices

First-year undergraduate students can now apply to all three of our universities through the Common App. Please visit the admissions websites for specific requirements and procedures for each university.


Access and affordability often go hand-in-hand. Learn more about our commitment to affordability plus initiatives and programs that aim to put a world-class education within students' reach.