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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Veteran Services & Resources

Is University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign a Good School for Veterans?

If you're a veteran who is thinking about going back to school, it's important to see how well the school treats its students with prior military service first. So we've gathered facts about University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign veterans and their studies to help you make your college decision. If you're looking for information related to military tuition assistance such as the GI Bill® or Yellow Ribbon Program, go to the following page: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign G.I. Bill Information

Our Veterans Report on UIUC Includes:

How Does UIUC Rank for Veterans?

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College Factual publishes its Best Schools for Veterans ranking on an annual basis. This list identifies colleges and universities that support veterans as they pursue their education.

The 2022 edition of this list ranked University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign at #10. This places UIUC among the top 1% of the 2,459 colleges and universities in this ranking for offering vets an exceptional educational experience. The school also ranked #1 in our Best for Vets in Illinois ranking.

We also release our rankings by degree level so vets can see which schools are the best for the level of degree they want to pursue. Below you'll find how UIUC did in those rankings.

Ranking Name Rank
Best Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 9
Best Master’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 12
Best Doctor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 26

You may be more interested to see how particular majors at UIUC ranked compared to those at other schools. The table below shows those majors which received the highest rankings for vets. Click here to see a full list of majors. From here, you can dive down into different types of rankings once you select a major.

Ranking Name Rank
Best Cell/Cellular Biology & Histology Master’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Spanish Education Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Labor & Industrial Relations Master’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Special Education Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Other Statistics Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Engineering Mechanics Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Management Information Systems Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Industrial Design Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1

How Many Veterans Go to UIUC?

A large number of veterans attending a college means the college and faculty are more used to supporting and accommodating the needs of those with prior military experience.

The VA reports that there are 10 G.I. Bill® students at UIUC. Since the total enrollment at the school is 52,679, approximately 0.02% of the students at UIUC are utilizing the GI Bill® to help pay for their education. For context, let's take this into consideration. According to the Student Veterans of America, approximately three to four per cent of American college students are veterans.

Note, this figure includes all chapters of the GI Bill® program (e.g., Post-9/11, Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Education Assistance Program, and Veteran Readiness and Employment). It does not include any active-duty military personnel that are attending this college via Tuition Assistance, so the total military population is potentially larger than this.

Federal Veteran Programs at UIUC

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign participates in the following federal programs for vets.

Federal Program Participation
DOD Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Yes

What does this mean to me? Below you can view the specific commitments this school has made by participating in individual programs.

Career and Vocational Support
Regionally or Nationally Accredited - view all accreditations
Provide information that increases accountability and transparency.
Participate in the Military Voluntary Education Review (MVER)
Counseling Support
Referrals to community organizations as needed.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign does have a student veterans group.

Does UIUC Give Credit for Military Training?

Implied No Credit for Life Experience
YES Credit for Military Training
At this time, UIUC does not offer college credit for life experience.

UIUC might grant college credit to those who have completed specialized military training. Contact the school to find out more about the particulars.

UIUC Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC)

Yes Air Force ROTC
Yes Army ROTC
Yes Navy ROTC
UIUC does offer Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs for the following military branches:

  • Air Force
  • Army
  • Navy

Complaints to the VA About UIUC

Our data shows that this school has not received any complaints at the VA.

References

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