Our nationally and internationally recognized faculty educate and mentor the great thinkers and leaders of tomorrow. Offering hundreds of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, the University of Illinois System takes pride in academic excellence.

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21,900+ 
degrees awarded annually across the University of Illinois System
Our graduation rate of 76.5 of students from all three universities combined is higher than the national average rate of 59%
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Preparing tomorrow's leaders

The University of Illinois System is the largest public higher education system in the state. Students are attracted to our universities from across Illinois and from around the globe because of our excellent programs and superior academic reputation.

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Nearly 80% of our undergraduates are in-state residents.

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More than 3,000 students each year transfer to our universities from
Illinois community colleges.
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Expanding accessible education

We understand the importance of providing opportunities for more students to earn a college degree and making that endeavor affordable. From financial aid and scholarships, to transfer agreements with community colleges, we’re continuing to explore ways to put college within reach for everyone.

$84.9M supplemental financial aid assisted students in FY 2017
18,300+ students received Pell Grants in FY 2017
Nearly 43% of UIC freshmen are first-generation college students.

Broadening minds

The relationships that students develop and the experiences they share during their time at our universities cultivate their character and steer the course for their careers. Nearly 2,000 student organizations throughout the System offer a multitude of opportunities for fellowship and avenues for exploration. Our diverse student population, with vast and varied backgrounds, provides a global perspective to the university experience.

“The quality and depth of its faculty create an environment that fosters creativity and excellence at all levels.”
Thomas Boileau, Ph.D. Urbana alumnus