Application Information

Undergraduate admissions are handled through a campus-wide system in the Admissions office. Please check there for admissions-related information and use the links below to jump to specifics about Bioengineering.

I. How to Prepare in High School

a. Required High School Coursework

b. Academic Achievements

II. Essays

a. Sample Essay Questions

b. Factors to Consider When Writing Essays

III. Statistics of the Department of Bioengineering

IV. How to Apply

How to Prepare in High School

Required High School Coursework

Subject Recommended Years of Coursework
English 4
Math 4
Social Sciences 4
Lab Sciences (Chemistry, Biology, Physics) 4
Foreign Language 3

Academic Achievements

Evidence of academic rigor is demonstrated in:

  • Number of honors
  • Advanced Placement (AP)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • College-level courses included in the student's four years

When the admissions committee is reading applications, the high school's course offerings are taken into account. Different high schools provide different levels of opportunity and rigor, yet applicants are expected to challenge themselves with the best offered at their school. Please note: Courses that are in progress are included in the reviews.


Sample Essay Questions

  1. How have your past circumstances and experiences impacted who you are, your future goals, and your choice of major? If you haven't decided on a college or major, briefly explain your intentions and aspirations for your first year at Illinois.
  2. Tell us something about yourself that isn't covered elsewhere in this application -- some interest or experience of yours that you think the University of Illinois should know about as part of the admissions review.

Factors to Consider When Writing Essays

  • How to tie your academic interests to the desired major:
    • If your interest is Bioengineering, demonstrate an understanding of the field and a desire to pursue the degree in your application.
    • Showcase your passions through experiences and activities, work experience, research, or course selection in high school.
    • Ensure your essay reveals maturity and growth through past experiences, evidence of character development, cultural insight, community awareness, and leadership.

Statistics of the Department of Bioengineering

The Department of Bioengineering has one of the highest women-to-men ratios among the engineering disciplines, with almost half of each class made up of women. Typically, the department receives more than 1,000 applications to fill 70 spots each year. The Department plans to continue to increase the number of incoming freshmen.

With the large applicant pool, the Department of Bioengineering has a more competitive admissions process, and our incoming classes have averaged a 33-34 ACT score.

How to Apply

Apply at

Priority Filing Period

Sept. 1 - Nov. 1

Admission Notification Date


General Admission Applications

Nov. 2 - Dec. 1

Admission Notification Date



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Advising Handled By:

Please see the Apply page for advice on how to prepare for application to the program. Also check out the latest curriculum map.

Academic Advisors:

  • Kerri Green, kgreen0 [at] illinois [dot] edu
  • Dr. Marcia Pool, mpool [at] illinois [dot] edu

For information pertaining to prospective students and the Bioengineering Minor, contact:

  • Kerri Green, kgreen0 [at] illinois [dot] edu
  • Dr. Marcia Pool, mpool [at] illinois [dot] edu.

For Study Abroad and James Scholars, contact:

  • Kerri Green, kgreen0 [at] illinois [dot] edu
  • Dr. Marcia Pool, mpool [at] illinois [dot] edu

ABET Accreditation

The undergraduate program in Bioengineering at Illinois is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Logo of the ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission.