About the University of Illinois System

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The University of Illinois System is made up of people who want more–we are chasing extraordinary. As innovative, diverse, globally engaged citizens and leaders, we enrich our culture and society, create prosperity, and serve the public good. New breakthroughs foster economic growth and solve society's biggest challenges. Combined, the three universities in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, and Springfield bring resources, capabilites, and drive that are greater than the sum of their parts–it is altogether extraordinary.

We've carried on our land-grant mission for 150 years, making a lasting impact in academic excellencediscovery and innovationpublic serviceeconomic development, and healthcare throughout Illinois and beyond the state borders. We attract the nation's most talented students with hundreds of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, many of them ranked among the best in the United States. We are the state's largest system of higher education, with more than 83,300 students.

In addition to our three main locations, the U of I System has regional campuses, the UI Health hospital and clinics, research facilities, clinics, and Extension offices throughout the state. The University of Illinois Online Catalog offers information on all online classes and programs throughout the System. The System Offices provide support and administrative services for all these entities and report to the president. 

The governing and authoritative body of the System is the Board of Trustees, which is composed of ten members appointed by the governor, as well as three student members elected by each campus. The president reports to the board and leads the administrative offices that provide centralized services vital to supporting U of I's primary missions. He works with System vice presidents as well as each campus chancellor, who is also a vice president.

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Support & Giving

In October 2017, ambitious fundraising initiatives were launched at each university. To learn how you can support students, world-class faculty, pioneering research, and state-of-the art facilities, visit: 

With Illinois: the campaign for Illinois
Ignite: the campaign for UIC
Reaching Stellar: the campaign for UIS 

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