About the University

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is a world-class, public research institution located in the United States.

About the University

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is charged by our state to enhance the lives of people in Illinois, across the nation, and around the world through our leadership in learning, discovery, engagement, and economic development. Our campus and scholarly community's creativity and diversity create a truly dynamic learning environment. Together, we work locally, nationally, and globally to facilitate the free exchange of ideas for global good.

Why study or train here?

  • We have many years of experience. The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign was founded in 1867, as one of the one of the original 37 public land-grant institutions created after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act.
  • We foster some of the greatest minds. 28 Pulitzer Prizes and 24 Nobel Prizes have been awarded to faculty and alumni. Meet the winners of these prestigious awards.
  • We pioneer innovative research. University researchers invented the first graphical web browser in 1993 and has lead disability support research. Read more about our research milestones.
  • We stand out among our peers. The university is the #11 ranked public university in the United States and has many top ranked programs. View more national and international rankings.
  • We are a global campus. The university welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries every year, in addition to sending many students abroad. Learn more about our impact.

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view of the illinois quad

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