But it could get even harder to get into the school.
The university is considering ways to increase the proportion of students who graduated in the top ten percent of their high school classes.
School officials also want to admit more international students and reach out to children of alumni who have moved away from Illinois.
This year, the school received 22,300 applications for a target enrollment of 7150.
That's about 14 percent more applications than last year.
The school attributes the increase to a jump in the number of high school students and to recruiting trips to high schools around the state.