Research Beyond Campus
Many of America’s greatest companies and organizations recruit our students, and our campus is routinely cited by the Wall Street Journal as the best campus for corporate recruiting in the United States. Some of those same companies have invested in Illinois by creating laboratories and facilities in our Research Park, enabling a profitable exchange of ideas between university and industry, a source of employment and experience for our students, and a platform of discovery for our faculty and staff.
Our students gain real-time experiences creating businesses and organizations in The Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership and the Technology Entrepreneur Center providing opportunities to meet the pressing needs of today’s global workforce. The university and its ecosystem have been cited as one of the ten best campuses in America for venture funding. Such mainstays of the digital economy such as PayPal, YouTube, Yelp, and SalesforceIQ, as well as the first web browser, Mosaic, were created by our students, often during their time at Illinois.