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Altogether Extraordinary

Partnering with purpose to enhance the public good, we focus much of our work on these impact areas:

  • We join forces with communities to save lives, address needs and improve quality of life. Advancing health helps us all. 
  • We provide learners from all walks of life the support they need to join the workforce of tomorrow. This sparks much-needed change.
  • We drive research that makes the world a better place while we develop and deploy new technology. That's fueling innovation.


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.

94,800 Students Strong

32% of undergraduates identify as an underrepresented minority


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 2022, underrepresented minorities made up 32 percent of all undergraduate students in the U of I System, an all-time high.



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, more than half of all students enrolled in a public university in Illinois are enrolled at one of our three universities. We have students from all 102 Illinois counties, and 79 percent of our undergraduates are in-state students.


We have students from all 102 Illinois counties


Our commitment to access provides the opportunity to obtain a life-changing education to more students than ever. To make that possible, nearly half the aid our undergraduate students received – $277 million in Fiscal Year 2022 – comes from our universities. Over the past 10 years, those expenditures increased by nearly 60%. Almost two-thirds of our undergraduates pay less than full tuition and fees, and 30% 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.


Graphic comparing 2013 and 2022 financial aid amounts U of I System aid increased nearly 60% over 10 years


849,635 Alumni

445,546 Alumni in Illinois

Pick a spot on the globe, and you'll almost certainly find our alumni. We are nearly 850,000 strong, including more than 445,000 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.



Our universities are laboratories for groundbreaking research and are among the most innovative in the world. In 2021, the U of I System was ranked 27th 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.


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

$19 billion

Pumped into the Illinois economy per year


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 $19 billion a year into the state's economy and support 164,200 jobs. And with more than 24,000 new graduates a year, our universities provide a pipeline of well-educated talent for the state's employers.



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.