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In 2010, the University of Illinois at Springfield celebrated two anniversaries: the 40th anniversary of its founding as Sangamon State University in 1970 and the 15th anniversary since it became the third campus of the University of Illinois in 1995.

Groundbreaking ceremony for Sangamon State, courtesy of UIS online archive.Sangamon State University was established by the Illinois General Assembly in 1969 and opened in Springfield in 1970. Sangamon State provided opportunities for the state’s growing number of community college graduates to pursue upper-division and graduate education. In its 25 years of operation, the university modeled individualized teaching, practical experience and professional development.

In early 1995, Gov. Jim Edgar signed legislation to reorganize Illinois higher education. On July 1, 1995, Sangamon State University became the University of Illinois at Springfield, the third campus of the University of Illnois. UIS began its evolution into a public liberal arts university while retaining its individualized-teaching, practical-experience and professional-development model.  The University’s Board of Trustees approved a new general education curriculum in September 2005, and the first freshman class arrived on campus in fall 2006.

In 2009, UIS opened its new downtown Peoria Center, moving from its previous location on the outskirts of town. The Peoria Center offers bachelor’s degrees in accountancy, management and criminal justice; an MBA program; and three online business-completion degrees.

UIS has four colleges: business and management; education and human services; liberal arts and sciences; and public affairs and administration. The campus has more than 40 degree programs and is a leader in online education.

UIS pairs academic excellence with small class size, high-quality programs and internships in public affairs, journalism and government for a unique educational experience. Making a difference in the world is a tenet of the UIS educational philosophy.

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