The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is one of the original 37 public land-grant institutions created after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act in 1862.

Important Dates

  • 1867 Illinois Industrial University founded
  • 1868 Illinois Industrial University opened
  • 1885 Renamed the University of Illinois


The university is in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana (total population 207,000) in east-central Illinois. Situated about 140 miles south of Chicago, 125 miles west of Indianapolis, and 180 miles northeast of St. Louis.

Longitude + Latitude of the Quad

40°06'36.88"N 88°13'38.13"W

Academic Resources

Library Collections

  • 24,000,000+ Items mark one of the largest public university libraries in the world
  • 1,000,000+ Visitors to the online catalog every week
  • 20+ Area studies libraries; one of the larger engineering libraries in the country, state-of-the-art agricultural library, and world-renowned rare book and manuscript library

Campus Research

  • $743,000,000 Spending on research and development in science and engineering in 2013


  • 100% Of all classrooms have wireless access
  • 360 Buildings on- and off-campus have wireless access
  • $29.4 Million initiative implementing increased community access to high-speed fiber-optic Internet and developing community-wide Intranet with special federal and state funding

Campus Life

Cultural Centers

These centers offer the entire campus community opportunities to learn about and to experience the rich historic traditions and modern living cultures that shape our world.


  • 353 Main campus buildings, 2.8 square miles (1,783 acres)
  • 647 Total buildings, 7.1 square miles (4,552 acres)

Museums, Galleries, and Collections

  • 4 Theaters in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts seat about 4,000 and annually host 350+ student and professional performances, as well as commencements, lectures, and other events, many of them free
  • 9,000+ Works of art at Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion’s permanent collection, KAM hosts high-caliber temporary exhibitions and interdisciplinary programs
  • 46,000 Artifacts of global cultures at the Spurlock Museum
  • 75% Of John Philip Sousa's original music manuscripts, the world's largest collection, at the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Sports and Recreation

  • 10 & 11 Number of men's and women's (NCAA) teams (respectively) with 14 major facilities including Memorial Stadium (62,000 seating), the State Farm Center (17,200 seating), Atkins Tennis Center, Huff Hall (4,000 seating), Illinois Field (3,000 seats for baseball), Eichelberger Field (1,500 seats for softball), the Illini Track and Soccer Stadium, two 18-hole championship golf courses with driving range and the newly opened Demirjian Golf Practice Facility
  • 470,000 Square feet of recreational space between two newly expanded campus recreation and wellness centers. Includes indoor tracks, leisure pool with slide, climbing wall, basketball and racquetball courts, indoor and outdoor 50-meter pools, and much more; other recreational facilities include an ice arena, outdoor adventures center, inline skating rink, and several play fields
  • 100,000 People visit the Robert Allerton Park and Conference Center (1,500-acre national landmark located 24 miles from campus) each year
  • 16,000 Daily visitors to the Illini Union have access to a hotel, banquet facility, food court, art gallery, and recreation room; Two ballrooms and 24 break-out rooms are available for conferences, meetings, and events


  • 23 Undergraduate University residence halls accommodate 8,550 students, including nine Living-Learning Communities
  • $10,363 Per year for double room and board (20 meals/week) in 2013-14
  • 6,000 Undergraduate students living in 16 private certified housing units and 62 Greek houses
  • 2,000 Single graduate students or students with families living in two University-owned apartment complexes; two residence halls are home for 720 graduate students
  • 1,000+ Registered student organizations, coalitions, honorary societies, and teams

Programs and Services for People with Disabilities

  • #1 Rated as one of the most "disability friendly" U.S. campuses
  • First 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
  • First 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

International Programs and Studies

  • 2,027 Study abroad students in 2012-2013 participated in more than 400 programs and affiliations in more than 60 countries; ranked 16th in the nation's "Top 20 Research Institutions" in number of students studying abroad
  • 10,843 International students in 2013-14 from 119 countries; #1 in most recent ranking of the nation's "Top 20 Research Institutions" in number of international students

Undergraduate Education

  • 32,579 Students from 50 states
  • 6,937 New freshmen enrolled in fall 2014
  • 35,000 Annual applicants (roughly)
  • 5,332 International undergraduate students
  • 5,000+ Courses offered
  • 150+ Programs of study

Student Success

  • 72 Of America's Fortune 100 companies (including 8 of the top 10) recruited on campus last year
  • 5,123 Companies recruited on campus in 2013-14
  • 14,158 Student interviews were conducted on campus

Undergraduate Base Tuition and Fees (Fall 2014)

  • $15,602 A year for residents
  • $30,228 A year for nonresidents (guaranteed four-year tuition rate, some colleges assess separately)

Illinois Promise funds the estimated cost of tuition, fees, room, board, and books for low-income students

Graduate and Professional Education

  • 11,024 Graduate and professional students
  • Top 10 Among the top ten U.S. universities in number of earned doctorates awarded annually

Graduate Base Tuition and Fees (Fall 2014)

  • $15,560 A year for residents
  • $29,282 A year for nonresidents (law, medicine, and veterinary medicine assessed separately


Students (Fall 2014)

  • 43,603 Total students
  • 32,579 Undergraduate students
  • 11,024 Graduate and professional students
  • 55% Men
  • 45% Women
  • 5.0% African-American
  • 7.0% Latino/a
  • 14.0% Asian-American
  • 2% Multiracial
  • 14% International

Faculty (FTE Fall 2014)

  • 2,729 Members
  • 1,903 Tenure/tenure track
  • 826 Visiting faculty & instructional staff (headcount: 1,071)

Staff (FTE Fall 2014)

  • 3,982 Administrative and academic professional
  • 4,332 Support staff


  • 450,000+ Living alumni of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, one of the largest U.S. alumni organizations


Campus Administration

  • Robert J. Jones, Chancellor
  • John Wilkin, Interim Provost and Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
  • Barry Benson, Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement
  • C. Renee Romano, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
  • Peter E. Schiffer, Vice Chancellor for Research

University Administration

  • President
    • Timothy L. Killeen
  • Board of Trustees
    • Ramon Cepeda
    • Patrick J. Fitzgerald
    • Timothy N. Koritz
    • Edward L. McMillan
    • James D. Montgomery
    • Jill B. Smart
  • Board of Trustees, Student Members
    • Collin Schumock, Urbana-Champaign
    • Danielle Leibowitz, Chicago (voting member)
    • Hannah Cave, Springfield

Admissions & Visitor Information

Undergraduate Admissions: Office of Admissions

901 West Illinois Street, Urbana, IL 61801; 217-333-0302, ugradadmissions@illinois.edu

Graduate Admissions

801 S. Wright Street, Champaign, IL 61820; International/Domestic: 217-244-4637, grad@illinois.edu

Campus Visits: Office of Admissions

901 West Illinois Street, Urbana, IL 61801, 217-333-0824, visits@illinois.edu (hosts 30,000 prospective students and their families annually)

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