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Explore Illinois

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a meeting place for great scholars, great ideas, and great accomplishments across a broad range of disciplines. As an introduction to the campus, please spend some time here to explore Illinois, meet its people, and hear their stories.

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academic diversity

Academic Diversity

With more than 150 majors for undergraduates to choose, students sometimes need a little time and a lot of help to select a major.

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Active Alumni

“It has always been a source of pride to say I’m an Illini, a University of Illinois graduate,” said Robert Campbell.

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Alumni Change the World

“I had my career defining moment in college, in the early 1970's. I was an electrical engineering major at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.”

arts and culture

Arts and Culture

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts is one of the nation's premier professional performing arts complexes.

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Big 10

Illinois retains a reputation for excellence and integrity in its nineteen intercollegiate sports programs.

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Campus Landmarks

The rich history of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign awaits every new student, visitor, and returning alumnus through campus landmarks that tell the Illinois story.

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Campus Recreation

Fitness and wellness are the foundation for a healthy mind and body.

the career center

The Career Center

Career planning is essential for students at every level, from first-year students picking majors to seniors choosing between job offers. That’s why The Career Center at Illinois isn’t just about finding a job. It’s there for every phase of your college career.

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Chicago Presence

“The College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois gave me a foundation I could build on and become the veterinarian that I am today.”

champaign-urbana community

Champaign-Urbana Community

Part of what makes Illinois a great place to learn is its location in a great place to live. The campus straddles the border between the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana.

faculty excellence

Faculty Excellence

Professor Lenny Pitt has spent most of his career investigating the foundations of computer science and machine learning. Recently, he has been examining computer science education in K-12 classrooms.

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A Great Library for a Great University

No matter their interests, everybody can find something fascinating in one of the world's finest libraries.

leadership programs

Leadership Programs

Illinois Leadership prides itself on cultivating leadership skills in every student. Its philosophy states that every student has the ability to lead, and anyone can develop leadership skills if they're interested in working for a more positive future.

living learning communities

Living Learning Communities

Everyone will find cultural diversity on the Illinois campus, but students who want a concentrated exposure to the people of the world and their perspectives may find the perfect housing choice at the Global Crossroads Living and Learning Community.

living opportunities

Living Opportunities

University of Illinois students are never at a loss for things to do in the residence halls; day or night, there is always something going on!

multicultural campus

Multicultural Campus

Many cultural programs, cultural houses, and galleries bring the world to Illinois.

new student experience

New Student Experience

Whether they come to the Illinois campus from a small town downstate, from the Chicago metropolitan area, or from one of the 50 states and more than 100 countries that are represented in the student body, new students arrive with a shared excitement and apprehension.

outstanding student

Outstanding Student

“Find your one niche. Once you find that base of security you can open up to everything else that is on campus and enjoy all the diversity that is here.”

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Registered Student Organizations

With over 1000 registered student organizations on campus, Illinois students have plenty of opportunities for leadership, activism, fun, and friendship.

service learning

Service Learning

The East St. Louis Action Research Project (ESLARP) asks neighborhood residents to provide their expertise on changes that would improve the quality of life in the area, and then students use their scholarship and their muscles to help affect those changes.

study abroad

Study Abroad

“I have a greater appreciation and knowledge of diversity now, and it's made me want to broaden aspects of my own life.”

university mission

University Mission

Why is Lincoln's nose shinier than the rest of his head? Because tradition holds that students who rub the nose on this bust in Lincoln Hall will have good luck on a test.