Welcome to the University of Illinois
We welcome you – warmly, enthusiastically and sincerely – to the University of Illinois!
Whether you are a student, family member, an alum, a member of our faculty or professional staff, or just a browser, this University belongs to you – and there is nothing quite like it! We are proudly part of the land-grant movement that was signed into law by Illinois’ own favorite son, President Abraham Lincoln, and that transformed higher education in America.
A nearly 150-year commitment to excellence has earned us a place among the world’s most accomplished and respected universities. And we look forward with a spirit of exuberance and excitement just as much as we prize and honor our legacy of distinction.
Since our founding as one of the nation’s original land-grant universities, we have provided a world-class education to generations of students and our academic and research programs have helped propel America from its agrarian roots, through the industrial revolution, and into the modern digital electronic age.
Our three distinctive campuses continue to build the human capital that is critical to the future of our state and nation, transforming the lives of students and their families by graduating more than 20,000 new alumni every year. And our graduates change the world for the better – as innovative, diverse, globally-engaged citizens and leaders – enriching our culture and society, creating prosperity and serving the public good in myriad ways. Our vibrant programs of research and scholarship attract nearly $1 billion in annual funding and promise new breakthroughs to solve society’s greatest challenges and foster economic growth.
The University’s success rose from the vision and hard work of the generations before us, who laid the foundation that continues to attract and nurture top students and faculty who are at the heart of our excellence.
Now, it’s our turn and we continue to reach for for new levels of excellence in teaching and learning, research and scholarship, and societal impact. We are committed to continuing the University’s rise, with best-in-class programs across our three wonderful campuses, to make the University of Illinois the model for public higher education in the 21st century.
I invite you to explore our websites to learn more about our campuses; our academic, research and outreach programs; and our unwavering commitment to public service, diversity, student access and economic growth. Please view our videos (2014 video and 2013 video) for other looks at the University and its impact.
Thank you for your interest in the University of Illinois. We are proud of our rich heritage and of the 78,000 students, 25,000 employees, and more than 700,000 alumni who are leading us toward an even better tomorrow.
Timothy L. Killeen