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What is Social Work?

Social Work is concerned with bettering society by improving the conditions of those living in it. Prepare to help all sorts of people as a social worker—those with disabilities or life-threatening illnesses, those suffering from poverty, unemployment, substance abuse, or mental illness, and those who have experienced domestic violence, child abuse, or sexual assault. Our students benefit from a close-knit academic community and a number of engagement initiatives with other campus units, community partners, and local and national entities.

Career Options

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

Post-Graduation Success1

94% employed or continuing education

26% employed after graduation

67% attending graduate school

1% volunteering

$30,061 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Cru, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, Russ Braunecker Cadillac Buick GMC

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

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

23 - 27 ACT Score

1080 - 1310 SAT Score

3.16 - 3.63 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,036
  • Fees: $3,968
  • Expenses3: $15,008
  • Total: $31,012

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $28,606
  • Fees: $3,968
  • Expenses3: $15,348
  • Total: $47,922

International

  • Tuition: $29,480
  • Fees: $3,968
  • Expenses3: $15,348
  • Total: $48,796
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