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Graduating on Time

Illinois has the highest four-year graduation rate among Illinois public universities and the highest four-year graduation rate among comparable Midwest universities. Graduating on time makes a difference in your total cost of education.

Professional Success

Recruiters come to us because they know our graduates will succeed. Industry employers ranked the University of Illinois third nationally in a Wall Street Journal survey to determine whose graduates are the most highly recruited.

A Great Atmosphere

Students in ACES experience the best of a Big Ten campus experience while enjoying the personal attention and community atmosphere of our college.

Financial Support

College doesn’t have to be expensive. ACES offers options, including nearly $2 million per year in merit-based scholarships.

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ACES: A Great Investment

The Return on Investment

A degree from ACES is an investment that pays returns for life. Read more...

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Wes Barber Wesley Barber

The crop sciences department at Illinois is very diverse and research ranges from plant breeding to sustainable agriculture. I am drawn to agriculture because of all of the big-picture issues we face today. The U of I provides an environment where I can continue to participate in discussions about social and environmental issues surrounding agriculture.

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Fast Facts

Among public universities, U of I graduates rank 1st in the Big Ten in starting and mid-career median salary.

University of Illinois was rated third nationally by company recruiters for outstanding graduates in a Wall Street Journal report.

Nearly one-third of ACES graduates pursue advanced degrees in a wide variety of disciplines.

More than one-third of ACES students have at least one international experience.

The University of Illinois ranked fifth in the nation and first in the Big Ten in "payback ratio," a number based on alumni groups' income as a percentage of the cost of base tuition and fees by the WSJ's Smart Money Magazine.

81% of 2009-2010 ACES graduates had work, volunteer or internship experiences related to their professional aspirations prior to completeing their degree.

Over 30 organizations provide ACES students with the opportunity to network, learn about careers, and contribute to the life of the college.

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