Which College Received The Most Applications In Your State?

If there is one thing we know about colleges in Illinois, it's that attending them is quite costly. Perhaps a lesser known figure is which university in the state is the most sought after by prospective undergraduate students?

Using the National Center for Education Statistics database, eCollegeFinder created a map of the "most desirable" college in each state based on the number of undergrad applications received last fall for the 2014-15 academic year.

Since many Illinois high school graduates apply to in-state colleges or to those in our five bordering neighbors -- Indiana, Wisconsin, Missouri, Kentucky and Iowa -- in case you needed quick geography refresher, here is a breakdown of universities that received the most applications.

*The number of applications received presumably does not include ones received earlier this year. Additionally, some university websites include estimated costs for 2014-15, whereas others only had 2013-14 tuition expenses available.

 

 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign:
  • Applications received - 33,203
  • Acceptance rate - 62 percent
  • Total undergraduates - 32,281
    • 56 percent male / 44 percent female
  • Total estimated costs for 2014-15 academic year:
    • Residents - $30,150 - 35,154
    • Non-residents - $44,776 - 49,780
  • Application deadline - Jan. 2
  • Location - Champaign, Illinois

Indiana University:
  • Applications received - 37,826
  • Acceptance rate - 72 percent
  • Total undergraduates - 32,371
    • 50 percent male / 49 percent female
  • Total costs for 2013-2014 academic year:
    • Residents - $23,832
    • Non-residents - $45,974
  • Application deadline - Nov. 1 (priority deadline for maximum scholarship consideration) & Feb. 1
  • Location - Bloomington, Indiana

 

Marquette University:
  • Applications received - 23,432
  • Acceptance rate - 57 percent
  • Total undergraduates - 8,293
    • 50 percent male / 50 percent female
  • Costs for 2013-2014 academic year:
    • Tuition - $35,480
    • Typical room and board - $11,000
    • Fees - $450
    • Total - $46,930
  • Application deadline - Dec. 1
  • Location - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Washington University in St. Louis:
  • Applications received - 30,117
  • Acceptance rate - 16 percent
  • Total undergraduates - 7,259
    • 48 percent male / 52 percent female
  • Costs for 2014-2015 academic year:
    • Tuition - $45,700
    • Student activity fee - $457
    • Student health and wellness fee - $310
    • Average university room and board - $13,888
    • Total cost - $60,355
  • Application deadline - Early/Regular decision (Nov. 15/Jan. 15)
  • Location - Saint Louis, Missouri

University of Kentucky:
  • Applications received - 19,810
  • Acceptance rate - 69 percent
  • Total undergraduates - 20,827
    • 50 percent male / 50 percent female
  • Tuition for 2013-2014 (per semester):
    • Lower Division Resident - $4,983
    • Lower Division Non-Resident - $10,526
    • Upper Division Resident - $5,127
    • Upper Division Non-Resident - $10,677
    • Mandatory fees - $549
  • Application deadline - Feb. 15
  • Location - Lexington, Kentucky

University of Iowa:
  • Applications received - 21,642
  • Acceptance rate - 80 percent
  • Total undergraduates - 21,999
    • 48 percent male / 52 percent female
  • Total estimated costs for 2014-15 academic year:
    • Residents - $20,861
      • Tuition and fees - $8,079
    • Non-residents - $40,191
      • Tuition and fees - $27,409
  • Application deadline - Nov. 15
  • Location - Iowa City, Iowa

While tuition alone for non-residents is daunting -- as is cost of attending the "most desirable" school in Illinois --  there are plenty of other higher education options that won't be as strenuous on your bank account. Either way, applying for college should not be based on a popularity contest, but what institutions can offer prospective students to be successful in the real world.

Shifting to a nationwide overview, here are the top five universities with the most and fewest applications received.

Top 5 Most:

  1. University of California - Los Angeles - 72,676
  2. New York University - 57,552
  3. Pennsylvania State University - 47,552
  4. Northeastern University - 47,364
  5. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor - 46,813
Top 5 Fewest:
  1. University of Alaska - Anchorage - 3,062
  2. University of Wyoming - 4,181
  3. South Dakota State University - 4,851
  4. North Dakota State University - 5,812
  5. University of Hawaii at Manoa - 6,901
Also, eCollegeFinder created this map below that shows each state's most applied-to college by undergrads.


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