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THREE UNIVERSITIES.
ONE SYSTEM.
ALTOGETHER EXTRAORDINARY.

Fueled by countless supporters and driven by the most talented individuals, we explore further, dive deeper, and reach higher. When you radically rethink potential, the impossible is made possible every day—in a thriving, micro-urban community; in the heart of a big city; and in the state capital. Combined, our three universities and healthcare enterprise bring resources, capabilities, and drive that are greater than the sum of their parts—it is altogether extraordinary.

90,000 Students Strong

OUR ENROLLMENT


EXCELLENCE AT SCALE

The University of Illinois System now has more than 89,000 students across three universities and is on track to meet its ambitious goal of topping 93,600 students by the fall of 2021.

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Chart of yearly enrollment numbers for 2011 (77,443) to 2019 (89,270). The chart shows greater enrollment increases beginning in 2016, when a 5-year strategic enrollment plan was implemented.
30% of undergraduates identify as an underrepresented minority

ACCESS FOR THE UNDERREPRESENTED AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH

Our efforts to provide access to more students across the state are producing results, including increasing the number of underrepresented minority students. In the fall of 2019, underrepresented minorities made up 30 percent of all undergraduate students in the U of I System, an all-time high. That translates to an almost 5 percent increase in just one year.

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EXTRAORDINARY REACH

From Rockford to Chicago to the Quad Cities, Peoria and the southern tip of Illinois, the University of Illinois System touches virtually every field, forest and city block in our state. In fact, 54 percent of all students enrolled in a public university in Illinois are enrolled at one of our three universities. We have students from 101 of Illinois' 102 counties, and 80 percent of our undergraduates are in-state students.

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We have students from 101 of Illinois' 102 counties

FINANCIAL AID

Our commitment to access provides the opportunity to obtain a life-changing education to more students than ever. To make that possible, our universities are providing a greater share of aid to students than ever before. More than half of the aid provided to our undergraduate students-$239 million in Fiscal Year 2019-comes from our universities. Over the past 10 years, those expenditures have increased 123 percent. Almost two-thirds of our undergraduates pay less than full tuition and fees, and a quarter pay nothing at all.

Almost two-thirds of our undergraduates pay less than full tuition and fees.

25%Of undergraduate in-state students have their tuition and fees fully covered after aid and waivers.

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U of I System aid more than doubled over 10 years

OUR ALUMNI

755,000 Alumni

398,000 Alumni in Illinois

Pick a spot on the globe, and you'll almost certainly find our alumni. We are more than 755,000 strong, including nearly 398,000 in Illinois, and you’ll find us in all 50 states and more than 160 countries. Alumni of the University of Illinois System have won two-dozen Nobel prizes, are finding better ways to feed a growing population, programming supercomputers, breaking new ground in music and the arts, and helping lead societies.

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R&D EXPENDITURES

Our universities are laboratories for groundbreaking research and are among the most innovative in the world. In 2018, the U of I System was ranked 22nd among all worldwide universities for total patents. That research is driven by the investment of more than $1 billion in federal, state and private funding a year. Year in and year out, the federal investment in our research surpasses almost every research institution in the country.

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$1 Billion+ Total R&D Portfolio; Top 25 in Reuters most innovative universities in the world

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Pumped into the Illinois economy per year

AN ECONOMIC ENGINE

Through its education, research and service, the University of Illinois System is a dynamic driver of the economies of the state of Illinois and the Midwest. Through our universities, hospitals and clinics, research and the companies we help launch, we pump $17.5 billion a year into the state's economy and support 171,000 jobs. And with more than 22,000 new graduates a year, our universities provide a pipeline of well-educated talent for the state's employers.

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SYSTEM LEADERSHIP & GOVERNANCE


Overseeing the University of Illinois System are the Board of Trustees and the U of I President. Along with the chancellor/vice president of each of the universities, the board and president keep the system and its universities competitive, growing, and fully committed to the core missions of education, research, public service, and economic development.