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Illinois College: 2020 Requirements, Scores & GPAs

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This is the go-to guide for getting into Illinois College. We suggest you read until the end... Not only will we layout the exact GPA and test scores you should aim for when applying to Illinois College, but we’ll also offer creative ways to help your application stand out from the pack. We breakdown Illinois College statistics better than any article out there and show you how these have changed over time. Also, make sure to check out Illinois College on CampusReel to see what it’s really like here. If you're interesting in transferring to Illinois College, the read our transfer guide. You can also use the below calculator to help determine your likelihood of acceptance at Illinois College

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    What GPA do you need to get into Illinois College?

    Illinois College’s average GPA is 3.5. Illinois College does require GPA. This average GPA means Illinois College is very selective. Often times, schools in this range are trying to increase their selectivity and “prestige”. We can’t read the minds of Illinois College application readers, but they likely want to increase the average GPA from 3.5 to 3.68 this year - to play it safe, we recommend striving for the 3.68 GPA.

    *BEFORE CONTINUING PLEASE NOTE: GPA and “prestige” DO NOT mean a college is right for you. Illinois College may seem amazing on paper, but you may hate it... That’s why 700,000 students transfer colleges every year - they end up going to the wrong school. It’s crucial to watch the videos on CampusReel and make sure you can envision yourself on Illinois College’s campus. These Illinois College admission statistics do not sufficiently tell you what a college or university is like.

    What is Illinois College’s acceptance rate?

    Last year Illinois College’s acceptance rate was 60.51. However, check out how the acceptance rate has changed over time.

    2016 2017 2018
    Acceptance Rate 54.0 % 55.0 % 60.51 %

    As you can see, Illinois College is a little easier to get into than last year.

    Acceptance rate alone does not indicate your likelihood for getting into Illinois College - it’s a very high level understanding of the true competition. Use the acceptance rate as a general guide for curating a list of 10-15 schools that fall into different ranges of competitiveness. Then, use the below data to get a deeper understanding of how your application will compare to the rest of the pool.

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    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

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    Does Illinois College Require Test Scores?

    Illinois College requires that you either take the SAT or ACT. See the table below for how Illinois College’s accepted students have performed on both tests. You may be wondering how many test scores should you submit. Generally, don’t freak out about taking the test too often. Industry consensus is that you can submit up to 6 tests as a reasonable limit.

    Illinois College SAT Requirements

    Illinois College’s average SAT score is 1080 - this is the sum of the math and reading portions of the SAT (the 1600 scale). Check out the below table for a deeper look into how students performed - it’s also very interesting to look at the average test score over time. The trend over time helps give insight into whether Illinois College is getting more or less competitive.

    25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
    Math 480 590 535
    Reading 490 600 545
    2019 Total 970 1190 1080
    2018 Total - - -
    2017 Total - - -

    Illinois College’s average SAT score is 1080. To be a competitive applicant for Illinois College your SAT score should come close to the average. If you’re closer to the 970, you’re likely going to have a tougher time getting accepted. To consider Illinois College a “target” school (one that you are likely to get into) you should aim for a score of 1190.

    Illinois College ACT Requirements

    Illinois College’s average ACT score is 43. To be a competitive applicant for Illinois College your ACT score should come close to the average. If you’re closer to the 36, you’re likely going to have a tougher time getting accepted. To consider Illinois College a “target” school (one that you have a good chance of getting into) you should aim for a score of 50.

    25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
    Math 18 25 21
    Reading 18 25 21
    Writing - - -
    2019 Total 36 50 43
    2018 Total - - -
    2017 Total - - -

    Illinois College Requirements

    Now you know where you need to be for getting into Illinois College from a grade and test score perspective. Let’s quickly outline what else you’ll need to provide for your application to get reviewed, and then we’ll move onto the most important section: differentiating your app.

    Recommendations Status
    School Rank Recommended
    GPA Required
    School Record Recommended

    How to get into Illinois College

    Follow these steps to maximize your chances of getting into Illinois College. Everything you read above will help prepare you for what you need to achieve to have a shot at Illinois College, but these steps will take you even further in applying that knowledge and differentiating your application.

    Main Academic Excellence that is in line with Illinois College admission standards.

    1. Score at least a 1080 on the SAT or 43 on the ACT.
    2. Maintain a GPA of at least a 3.5.

    Join Extracurriculars that Align with Illinois College’s Values.

    1. Join your school band, a sports team or another group activity. If Illinois College values music heavily, for example, then try to participate in an organization related to that topic.
    2. Volunteer in your hometown. Jacksonville has tons of ways to be involved beyond just the college. Illinois College wants applicants that are also good ambassadors for the school - they want students who will give back to the local community and broader Jacksonville area in general.
    3. Spend your summer doing something that speaks to your values, personal growth, leadership qualities and other less quantifiable characteristics. Illinois College needs to see past your test scores and grades - they need to know that you will be a valuable and contributing member of their community. You are more than grades and test scores - your experiences should demonstrate that.

    Prepare Your Application

    1. Write a stellar essay that shows Illinois College something they can’t figure out from the other parts of your application. For a detailed guide on writing the best college essay, check this out.
    2. Get teacher recs that speak to your character. If you know what you’re majoring in and include that in your Illinois College app, try to have at least 1 recommendation from a teacher in that department.
    3. Apply Before the Deadline. Too many students wait until the last minute to submit their application, and too much can go wrong during this precious time window. Since many students are applying on the last day, it’s possible that Illinois College’s own system crashes. Don’t risk the added stress this can cause - submit your app a few days early.

    What are your chances at Illinois College?

    No sign up required - see your likelihood of acceptance now

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    This free college chances tool calculates your acceptance chances at Illinois College or any other U.S. college

    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

    *or select a school above for a specific calculation

    Need chances at another college?

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