University of Illinois- Springfield appears in these rankings:

50 Best Value Alternative Graduate Schools in the West

30 Best Value Colleges and Universities in Illinois

The University of Illinois- Springfield was first founded in 1967 as Sangamon State University by Governor Richard Ogilvie to offer upper-division education. It wasn't until 1995 that Sangamon State merged with the three-campus University of Illinois system. As a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLA), UIS is a comprehensive public land-grant liberal arts institution. Each year, UIS enrolls approximately 3,400 undergraduates and 1,900 post-graduates. Sprawling over 746 acres of prairieland, the University of Illinois- Springfield is located along Lake Springfield just six miles from the state capital. UIS has an intellectually rich learning community with a high average retention rate of 75 percent.

According to the U.S. News, the University of Illinois- Springfield is the 42nd best regional college and ninth top public school in the Midwest. In particular, UIS has America's 30th best online bachelor's and 18th best online graduate business programs. In 2008, UIS was honored with the Sloan Consortium's Gomory Award for Quality Online Education. The Princeton Review included UIS within its "Guide to 353 Green Colleges." The University of Illinois- Springfield was named the Midwest's 24h best bang for the buck in Washington Monthly. The magazine also crowed UIS the 290th best master's-level institution nationally for social mobility. Niche graded UIS with a B+ for campus quality and diversity.

University of Illinois- Springfield Accreditation Details

In the Open Pathway program, the University of Illinois- Springfield is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (HLC-NCA). This regional accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education through 2017. The College of Business and Management is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Nursing programs are granted approval from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME). Mental health degrees align with the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). UIS also has Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accreditation.

University of Illinois- Springfield Application Requirements

With an acceptance rate of 61 percent, the admissions criteria at the University of Illinois- Springfield is selective. Freshmen applicants must be graduating high school seniors who are completing a diploma or earning GED equivalent. Following a challenge college-prep curricula with AP or IB classes is advised. Prerequisites require having four years of English, three years of social studies, three years of mathematics, three years of lab science, and two years of one foreign language. Applicants should rank in the top 50 percentile of their class. First-year freshmen have an average GPA of 3.44. Students also achieve an average ACT score of 23.

Transfers with 30 or more semester hours can be admitted from other regionally accredited higher learning institutions. Incoming transfers must carry a minimum GPA of 2.0 and be in good standing. Having completed most of the 39-credit general education core is preferred. Transfers with significant life experience can follow an Alternative Admission path. Graduate applicants to UIS must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year university. Maintaining a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 is required, but some programs mandate higher grades. International students must score at least 550 (PBT) or 79 (iBT) on the TOEFL.

Before the priority deadlines on November 1st and May 1st, interested students should apply to the University of Illinois- Springfield by sending the following:

• Completed application form by mail or online
• Official, sealed transcripts for all academics
• Standardized test scores (SAT, ACT, GRE, or GMAT)
• Proof of English language proficiency
• Resume of extra-curricular and work experience
• 500 to 750-word personal statement
• Payment for the $50 application fee (unless waived)

Tuition and Financial Aid

Full-time undergraduates from Illinois must pay $11,413 annually. Non-residents enrolling full-time must afford $20,938 each undergraduate year. Part-time learners can pay $313 (in-state) or $631 (out-of-state) per credit. Room and board is estimated to cost $9,650. The mandatory fees add an extra $1,897 each semester. Total cost of attendance is $24,913 (in-state) and $34,438 (out-of-state) annually. Graduate students from Illinois are charged $7,996 for full-time tuition. Full-time graduates living out-of-state must budget for $15,823. Required graduate fees cost an additional $2,536 each year.

Around 97 percent of beginning, full-time UIS students earn financial aid. More than $14.9 million in institutional aid is granted yearly. With the FAFSA form, students can qualify for Federal Perkins, Federal Stafford, or Grad PLUS loans. Parent PLUS and private loans are also accepted. Low-income students may receive the Federal Pell Grant or FSEOG Grant. In-state residents should apply for the Monetary Award Program (MAP), Illinois Natural Guard (ING) Grant, or Illinois Veteran Grant (IVG). Military benefits are conferred through the Yellow Ribbon Program for discounts. Federal Work-Study (FWS) allows for part-time employment through CareerConnect. Many scholarships are also awarded, such as the Lincoln Merit Scholarship, Honors Scholarship, Transfer Scholarship, and Global Studies Scholarship.

Degrees Available at UIS

As an AASCU member, the University of Illinois- Springfield has 27 bachelor's, 20 master's, and one doctoral program in public administration. Although split into four colleges, all UIS programs build upon a well-rounded liberal arts education. Thanks to the low student-faculty ratio of 14:1, over 54 percent of classes have under 20 students. Online students can select from 23 degrees for flexible, yet accredited training. Two example programs offered are:

B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science

Featuring a 100 percent placement rate, the B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science program at UIS is designed for undergraduate students to build the foundation for a career in medical research or other healthcare professions. Accredited by the NAACLS, the 120-credit curriculum will include courses in microbiology, chemistry, hematology, immunology, medical diagnostics, and public health. Students benefit from hands-on laboratory experience, including the blood bank, and clinical placements at sites like Decatur Memorial Hospital. Graduates qualify for board certification with the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

M.S. in Computer Science

Available on-campus in Springfield or online, the M.S. in Computer Science is a popular program focused on training graduate students in software engineering and information security. Recognized as an NSA Center of Academic Excellence, UIS offers the flexible, 32-credit degree to produce competent systems administrators. Coursework will delve into programming, data structures, information assurance, algorithms, and systems security before a capstone internship. M.S. students benefit from state-of-the-art computer labs in University Hall and participation in the Cisco Regional Networking Academy.

Other degrees available at the University of Illinois- Springfield include the B.A. in Criminology, M.A. in Educational Leadership, M.A. in Human Development Counseling, B.A. in Mathematical Science, B.A. in Music, and M.A. in Public Affairs.