Prospective First-Year

Prospective First-year SCS Majors at the University of Illinois

Prospective First-year Students interested in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering should apply for admission to the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (LAS) and choose Chemistry or Chemical Engineering as your intended major.


Degree Programs Offered:

Chemistry Chemical Engineering
Science & Letters Chemical Engineering Conc.
Science & Letters with Secondary Ed Minor Biomolecular Concentration
Specialized Chemistry (ACS Certified)

Who are our students?

Fall 2016 Enrollment:

  • 700 Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Majors
  • 573 Chemistry Majors
    • 294 Science and Letters Majors
    • 240Specialized Chemistry Majors
    • 32 Computer Science+CHEM Majors
    • 7 Science and Letters Majors with a Secondary Education Minor

Post-Graduation Career and Graduate Level Statistics

  • ChBE and Spec. Chem
    • 10% go to Grad school
    • 90% go to Industry/Governmental Job
  • Chem Sciences and Letters
    • 35% go to Grad school
    • 34% go to Industry/Governmental Job
    • 21% go to pre-health
    • 10% teach

New Student Resources:

Campus Facts:

  • 32,000+ Undergraduate students, and 1,300+ CHEM and ChBE Majors!


  • Register for an Admitted Student Day or a Campus Visit
  • Find events near you
  • Accept your admission to Illinois!
  • Sign-up for your Summer Advising Appointment (On-Campus and Virtual available)

Illinois Admissions Blog:

  • Hear more about campus life, academics, opportunities, etc.- from current students!

SCS Advising Ambassadors Blog:

  • Get the Inside Scoop from our Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Advising Ambassadors blog about their experiences and share insights into facilitating academic, personal and career success.

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