Welcome to the University of Illinois

Robert A. Easter, 19th president of the University of Illinois.For nearly a century and a half, the University of Illinois has been paving the way to progress for our state, our nation, and our world.

Our three distinctive campuses are home to more than 78,000 students and award nearly 20,000 degrees every year, sending off new generations of highly skilled graduates who become the leaders of tomorrow.

Our world-class faculty is a who’s who of education and scholarship, including winners of Nobel Prizes, Pulitzers, MacArthur “genius” awards and members of the prestigious national academies. They are extraordinary teachers, whether in bricks-and-mortar classrooms or in online classes, where the U of I is an acknowledged leader.

Our groundbreaking research has literally changed the world. U of I faculty pioneered LED lighting, transistors and the integrated circuit, revolutionizing the world of electronics. They are medical visionaries, from pediatric services to robotic transplant surgery. Faculty innovations have advanced fields ranging from the arts and social sciences to urban planning and our land-grant roots in agriculture. Our alumni have a global impact every day: the financial futures market, firms such as PayPal and YouTube, and in education and the arts.

This is truly an extraordinary institution, and it inspires extraordinary loyalty. Our alumni body is one of the largest in the nation – nearly 665,000 strong – and our countless supporters recently helped top a $2.25 billion fundraising campaign that was one of the most ambitious ever tackled by a U.S. university.

I invite you to explore our websites to learn more about our campuses, our best-in-class academic and research programs, and our deep 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 of Illinois.

Thank you for your interest in the University of Illinois. We are proud of our rich heritage and dedicated to building on the excellence that has made the U of I a global leader in education, innovation and service.


Bob Easter