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Full Text of HB1643  103rd General Assembly




State of Illinois
2023 and 2024


Introduced 2/1/2023, by Rep. Blaine Wilhour


110 ILCS 305/8  from Ch. 144, par. 29

    Amends the University of Illinois Act. Beginning with the 2023-2024 academic year, provides that the Board of Trustees shall give priority admission to residents of this State. Based upon academic year, sets forth the percentage of the University's freshman class of undergraduate students that must be State residents. Effective immediately.

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1    AN ACT concerning education.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The University of Illinois Act is amended by
5changing Section 8 as follows:
6    (110 ILCS 305/8)  (from Ch. 144, par. 29)
7    Sec. 8. Admissions.
8    (a) (Blank).
9    (b) No new student shall be admitted to instruction in any
10of the departments or colleges of the University unless such
11student also has satisfactorily completed:
12        (1) at least 15 units of high school coursework from
13    the following 5 categories:
14            (A) 4 years of English (emphasizing written and
15        oral communications and literature), of which up to 2
16        years may be collegiate level instruction;
17            (B) 3 years of social studies (emphasizing history
18        and government);
19            (C) 3 years of mathematics (introductory through
20        advanced algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or
21        fundamentals of computer programming);
22            (D) 3 years of science (laboratory sciences or
23        agricultural sciences); and



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1            (E) 2 years of electives in foreign language
2        (which may be deemed to include American Sign
3        Language), music, career and technical education,
4        agricultural education, or art;
5        (2) except that institutions may admit individual
6    applicants if the institution determines through
7    assessment or through evaluation based on learning
8    outcomes of the coursework taken, including career and
9    technical education courses and courses taken in a charter
10    school established under Article 27A of the School Code,
11    that the applicant demonstrates knowledge and skills
12    substantially equivalent to the knowledge and skills
13    expected to be acquired in the high school courses
14    required for admission. The Board of Trustees of the
15    University of Illinois shall not discriminate in the
16    University's admissions process against an applicant for
17    admission because of the applicant's enrollment in a
18    charter school established under Article 27A of the School
19    Code. Institutions may also admit 1) applicants who did
20    not have an opportunity to complete the minimum college
21    preparatory curriculum in high school, and 2)
22    educationally disadvantaged applicants who are admitted to
23    the formal organized special assistance programs that are
24    tailored to the needs of such students, providing that in
25    either case, the institution incorporates in the
26    applicant's baccalaureate curriculum courses or other



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1    academic activities that compensate for course
2    deficiencies; and
3        (3) except that up to 3 of the 15 units of coursework
4    required by paragraph (1) of this subsection may be
5    distributed by deducting no more than one unit each from
6    the categories of social studies, mathematics, sciences
7    and electives and completing those 3 units in any of the 5
8    categories of coursework described in paragraph (1).
9    (c) When allocating funds, local boards of education shall
10recognize their obligation to their students to offer the
11coursework required by subsection (b).
12    (d) A student who has graduated from high school and has
13scored within the University's accepted range on the ACT or
14SAT shall not be required to take a high school equivalency
15test as a prerequisite to admission.
16    (e) The Board of Trustees shall establish an admissions
17process in which honorably discharged veterans are permitted
18to submit an application for admission to the University as a
19freshman student enrolling in the spring semester if the
20veteran was on active duty during the fall semester. The
21University may request that the Department of Veterans'
22Affairs confirm the status of an applicant as an honorably
23discharged veteran who was on active duty during the fall
25    (f) Beginning with the 2023-2024 academic year, the Board
26of Trustees shall give priority admission to residents of this



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1State as follows:
2        (1) for the 2023-2024 academic year, 79% of the
3    University's freshman class of undergraduate students
4    shall be residents of this State;
5        (2) for the 2024-2025 academic year, 82.5% of the
6    University's freshman class of undergraduate students
7    shall be residents of this State;
8        (3) for the 2025-2026 academic year, 86.5% of the
9    University's freshman class of undergraduate students
10    shall be residents of this State; and
11        (4) for the 2026-2027 academic year and each academic
12    year thereafter, 90% of the University's freshman class of
13    undergraduate students shall be residents of this State.
14(Source: P.A. 102-403, eff. 1-1-22; 102-404, eff. 1-1-22.)
15    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
16becoming law.