Illinois is …
  • A world leader in research , teaching and public engagement
  • Distinguished by the breadth of our programs , broad academic excellence , and internationally renowned faculty
Our prominent alumni are …
  • Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners
  • Outstanding athletes, including Olympic medalists
  • astronauts and scientists
  • leaders of international corporations
1867: The year the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign began.
Chartered as the Illinois Industrial University, the University opened for business in 1868. Renamed the University of Illinois in 1885, it is one of the original 37 public land-grant institutions created after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act in 1862.

The University is in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana (total population 180,000) in east-central Illinois. Situated about 140 miles south of Chicago, 125 miles west of Indianapolis, and 180 miles northeast of St. Louis.

17 Colleges and Instructional units
  • College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
  • College of Applied Health Sciences
  • Institute of Aviation
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Fine and Applied Arts
  • College of Law
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • College of Media
  • Division of General Studies
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Graduate College
  • Graduate School of Library and Information Science
  • College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign
  • School of Labor and Employment Relations
  • School of Social Work
Academic Resources Library Collections
  • 11,000,000+ Volumes - Marking the largest public university library in the U.S.
  • 1,000,000+ Visitors to the online catalog every week.
Campus Research
  • $501,279,000 Spending on research and development in science and engineering in 2008
  • 72,000 Computer connections on the campus network
  • 239+ Buildings and 98% of all classrooms with wireless access
  • Six-year $21,000,000 network upgrade to be completed in 2010
  • 10 gigabits-per-second redundant connections to major research networks and over 6 petabytes of storage space
  • 316 Main campus buildings, 2.3 square miles (1,468 acres)
  • 705 Total buildings, 7.7 square miles (4,938 acres)
Programs and Services for People with Disabilities
  • #1 Rated as one of the most "disability friendly" U.S. campuses
  • First to provide students with disabilities access to all university services, curricula, and facilities; developed first architectural accessibility standards; designed & instituted a wheelchair-accessible bus system; first to offer comprehensive wheelchair sports programming
  • Developed the first transitional living program for students with physical disabilities needing personal assistant support services.Students with physical disabilities who require personal assistant support services have an 87 percent graduation rate; nearly 60 percent obtain employment within a year of graduation, while another 32 percent enroll in graduate or professional schools

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