Facts 2013-14:
Illinois by the numbers


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.


40°06'36.88"N 88°13'38.13"W: Longitude/latitude of the Quad.

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

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

  • $583,754,000 Spending on research and development in science and engineering in 2012.


  • 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

Culture and Entertainment

4 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.


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

Museums, Galleries, and Collections

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
  • $10,636 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 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

International Programs and Studies

  • 1,907 Study abroad students in 2010-2011 participating in more than 400 programs and affiliations in more than 60 countries; ranked 18th in the nation's "Top 20 Research Institutions" in number of students studying abroad.
  • 8,997 International students in 2011/12 from 115 countries; #2 in most recent ranking of the nation's "Top 20 Research Institutions" in number of international students.

Undergraduate Education

  • 32,281 Students from 50 states.
  • 6,914 New freshmen enrolled in fall 2012; roughly 32,000 apply annually.
  • 4,447 International undergraduate students.
  • 5,000+ courses offered; more than 150 programs of study.

Student Success

  • 70 of America's Fortune 100 companies (including 8 of the top 10) recruited on campus last year recruited on campus last year.
  • 6,748 Companies recruited on campus in 2011-12.
  • 16,211 Student interviews were conducted on campus.

Undergraduate Base Tuition and Fees (fall 2013)

  • $14,960 A year for residents; nonresident: $29,102 a year (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

Graduate Base Tuition and Fees (fall 2013)

  • $14,938 A year for residents; nonresident: $28,204 a year (law, medicine, and veterinary medicine assessed separately)



  • 44,520 total students: 32,281 undergraduate and 12,239 graduate and professional students, 55% men, 45% women, 5.0% African-American, 7.0% Latino/a, 14.0% Asian-American, 2% Multiracial and 14% International.

Faculty (FTE)

  • 2,548 Members; 1,851 tenure/tenure track, and 697 visiting faculty & instructional staff.

Staff (FTE)

  • 3,665 Administrative and academic professional
  • 4,136 support staff


  • 425,000+ Living alumni of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, one of the largest U.S. alumni organizations

Campus Administration

  • Phyllis M. Wise, Vice President and Chancellor
  • Ilesanmi Adesida, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
  • Dan Peterson, Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement
  • C. Renee Romano, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
  • Peter E. Schiffer, Vice Chancellor for Research

University Administration


  • Robert Easter

Board of Trustees

  • Christopher G. Kennedy, Chairman
  • Ricardo Estrada
  • Patrick J. Fitzgerald
  • Karen A. Hasara
  • Patricia Brown Holmes
  • Timothy N. Koritz
  • Edward L. McMillan
  • James D. Montgomery
  • Pamela B. Strobel

Board of Trustees, Student Members

  • Lucas Frye, Urbana-Champaign
  • Danielle Leibowitz, Chicago (voting member)
  • Hannah Cave, Springfield

Admissions and Visitor Information

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