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Social Work

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What is Social Work?

The goal of social work is to better society by improving the conditions of those living in it. Our program will teach you how to help all sorts of people. You'll learn how to assist people who are suffering from poverty, unemployment, substance abuse, and mental illness. In this major, you'll gain skills to work with people with disabilities as well as people with chronic illnesses. Social work students also learn how to help those who have experienced abuse such as domestic violence or sexual assault. Our program offers a valuable close-knit academic community. Students have the opportunity to engage with other units across the campus, community, and nation.

Career Options

  • Administration
  • Child welfare
  • Corrections
  • Counseling
  • Education
  • Government
  • Health care
  • Human resources
  • Nonprofit work
  • Rehabilitation
  • Therapy

Post-Graduation Success1

93% employed or continuing education

22% employed after graduation

70% attending graduate school

1% volunteering

$31,530 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Cru, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, Easter Seals View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois at Chicago, Washington University in St. Louis View All

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

23 - 27 ACT score

1090 - 1250 SAT score

3.16 - 3.67 high school GPA

Graduation & Retention3

3.9 years to degree

90% freshman retention rate

Four-year graduation rate: N/A

Six-year graduation rate: N/A

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,036
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,180
  • Total: $31,390

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $29,178
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,520
  • Total: $48,872

International

  • Tuition: $30,052
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,520
  • Total: $49,746
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