The University of Illinois System has an economic impact of almost $14 billion statewide. With 405,000 alumni living in Illinois, strategic partnerships for innovation and talent retention, and physical and intellectual assets, we are a leader in driving economic prosperity for the people of Illinois.
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We power the state economy through our employee and student spending and the increased earning power of our graduates.
Total staffing (fte)
Students (graduate assistants): 4,800
Developing human capital
The U of I System makes an enormous contribution to the economy through its sheer number of students, faculty, and staff. More than 100,000 students and staff put dollars right back into Illinois businesses and services. And as those students graduate and join our 700,000 living alumni, they become the employees of the future for organizations in Illinois and beyond, earning and spending that fuels the economic engine.
U of I operations and alumni return $4.60 into the economy for every taxpayer dollar invested -- a 19.3% annual return rate.
66% of employed 2015-16 Urbana-Champaign graduates were working in Illinois six months after graduation.
Through partnerships with our government, industry leaders, national organizations, and other educational institutions, we are working to tackle key societal challenges and drive economic growth for Illinois and beyond. Partnerships between corporations like Caterpillar, State Farm, Northern Trust, and OSF Helalth and the U of I provide a source of innovation and talent for industry and a way to expand university research support. The U of I System's partnership with the Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology to help make Illinois a "Smart State" will integrate next-generation technology to improve the quality of life, grow the state's economy, and retain and attract residents and industry.
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The Research Park in Urbana-Champaign is home to 100+ companies and has an estimated total annual economic output of $169.5 million.
Unleashing full potential
We’re committed to ensuring that innovations grow beyond our universities and into the private sector. In FY2015, U of I research was licensed to 15 startup companies. There are currently more than 90 active startups licensing U of I intellectual property, including 57 in Illinois, each creating jobs and driving economic development.
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