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 avilable to show the depth and breadth of LAS.


  • More than 14,490 students (11,935 undergraduate and 2,564 graduate)
  • Undergraduates: 19.6 percent underrepresented, 17.4 percent international
  • More than 2,183 new freshmen in August 2017
  • New transfer students: 592
  • Average ACT for freshmen: 26.71
  • 86 percent of surveyed 2016-17 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.


  • 640 tenure system faculty members (LAS faculty account for 1/3 of all faculty on the Urbana campus)
  • 233 specialized faculty members
  • 11.7 percent of LAS faculty are from underrepresented groups
  • One in five faculty are honored with named appointments:
    • 68 named professors or chairs
    • 82 named scholars/fellows
    • one named dean
    • this totals 151 named faculty appointments
    • LAS has about 25 percent of the named professors and chairs on campus


  • More than 168,000 accomplished alumni including seven Nobel Laureates and eight Pulitzer Prize winners
  • Active LAS Alumni Association Board has served the college for more than 30 years

Research excellence

  • Grant expenditures in 2016-17: projected at $69.2 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
  • Nearly 1,500 unique classes taught each semester
  • 99.6 percent of all Illinois students take a class in LAS during their time on campus


  • 319 scholarships offered at the college level
  • 1,172 scholarships offered through LAS departments and units
  • 1,260 students helped during the 2015-16 school year
  • $2.08 million awarded in LAS and department-level scholarships
  • Prestigious scholarships won include Fulbrights, Boren Scholarships and Fellowships for international study, Marshall Scholarships, Critical Language Scholarships, and Barry Goldwater Scholarships


These rankings come from Academic Analytics, a database used to compare disciplines at different institutions. Sixty-nine percent of LAS departments ranked by Academic Analytics are in the top 20 percent of their disciplines.

Departments ranked in the top 10 percent

  • Animal Biology
  • Asian American Studies
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Classics
  • Entomology
  • Geography and GIS
  • Germanic Languages and Literatures
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • Psychology

Departments ranked in the top 20 percent

  • Anthropology
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Communication
  • East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • English
  • Geology
  • Latina/o Studies
  • Math
  • Microbiology
  • Slavic Languages and Literature
  • Sociology
  • Spanish and Portuguese