Fast facts

Fast facts: LAS statistics

For more than 100 years, the college of Liberal Arts & Sciences has played a pivotal role in education and research on the University of Illinois campus. Across our more than 60 units, faculty and students are pursuing cutting-edge research that's changing the world.

These statistics use the most up-to-date data available to show the depth and breadth of LAS.


  • More than 14,750 students (12,150 undergraduate and 2,600 graduate)
  • Undergraduates: 23.7 percent underrepresented, 16 percent international
  • 2,257 new freshmen in August 2022
  • 459 new transfer students in August 2022
  • 94 percent of surveyed 2021-22 bachelor's degree recipients secured a final destination (employment, continued education, or volunteer/service). Learn more on the Illini Success website.

To learn more about the students of LAS, please see our student statistics page.


  • 601 tenure system faculty members (LAS faculty account for 1/3 of all faculty on the Urbana campus)
  • 263 specialized faculty members
  • 11.8 percent of LAS faculty are from underrepresented groups
  • Nearly one in four faculty are honored with named appointments:
    • 68 named professors or chairs
    • 82 named scholars/fellows
    • one named dean
    • this totals 149 named faculty appointments
    • LAS has about 25 percent of the named professors and chairs on campus


  • More than 180,000 accomplished alumni including seven Nobel Laureates and nine Pulitzer Prize winners
  • Active LAS Alumni Association Board has served the college for more than 30 years
  • Our alumni are generous: As part of the With Illinois campaign, LAS alumni contributed nearly $97 million of our $200 million goal
  • Learn about notable LAS alumni

Research excellence

  • Grant expenditures in 2018-19: $75.1 million for LAS faculty research
  • Our faculty members have been honored with the National Medal of Science, Guggenheim Fellowships, National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships, and memberships to the National Academy of Science and American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Units and academic offerings

  • 37 academic departments; five schools; nine centers and institutes
  • More than 70 majors offered
  • Among the 30 most popular undergraduate majors at the University of Illinois, nearly half are in LAS—with psychology, economics, and molecular & cellular biology in the top five
  • Nearly 1,500 unique classes taught each semester
  • 99.3 percent of all Illinois students take a class in LAS during their time on campus


  • 190 scholarships offered at the college level
  • Over $1,000,000 awarded in scholarships through the 2020-2021 academic year
  • 60 students in the college's largest scholarship initiative, LAS Lincoln Scholars
  • Prestigious scholarships won include Fulbrights, Boren Scholarships and Fellowships for international study, Marshall Scholarships, Critical Language Scholarships, and Barry Goldwater Scholarships

Graduate program rankings

Several graduate programs within LAS rank among the very best in the nation by US News & World Report.

Departments ranked in the top 10 nationally

  • Chemistry
  • Psychology

Departments ranked in the top 30 nationally

  • Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • English
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Political Science