Reasons to
Choose Illinois

... in no particular order.

#1

300+ study abroad programs in 50+ countries

#2

87% of Illini employed or continuing education within 6 months of graduation

#3

Illinois MakerLab, the world's first business school 3D printing lab

#4

19 Big Ten, Division I sports teams

#5

8th best public college in the nation (Wall Street Journal)

#6

Co-ed, single-gender, and gender-inclusive residence halls

#7

1st university to receive Barrier-Free America Award

#8

#1 return on investment in the Big Ten (PayScale)

#9

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

#10

Our beloved Alma Mater

#11

425,000+ living alumni, one of the largest networks of its kind worldwide

#12

Award-winning professors like Mats Selen, a 2015 National Professor of the Year

#13

5,700 unique employers recruiting on campus

#14

A newly renovated State Farm Center

#15

The Undertow Music Collective, Exile on Main Street, and See You CD & Vinyl

#16

Alumni who have created Mortal Kombat, JavaScript, Deadspin, and the Willis Tower

#17

Cool boutiques, vintage shops, and thrift stores

#18

Lovie Smith

#19

46 Global 100 companies recruiting on campus, including 5 of the top 10

#20

The Art and Virginia Theatres

#21

6 campus recreation facilities, including 495,000 square feet of indoor space and 19 acres of outdoor space

#22

#8 graduate Urban and Regional Planning program (Planetizen)

#23

Changing seasons on a beautiful campus

#24

The tradition of homecoming since 1910

#25

Nationally ranked a capella groups like No Comment

#26

Black Dog, some of the best BBQ in the U.S.

#27

35+ club sports, many of which are competitive traveling teams

#28

10th in top universities producing startup founders (Pitchbook)

#29

Some of the best wheelchair athletics in the world

#30

Spurlock Museum

#31

The Illini Union's Courtyard Café and study lounges

#32

Our Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the first in the nation to focus on the intersection of engineering and medicine

#33

Our Main, Engineering, and South Quads

#34

Campus food trucks like Cracked (yum!)

#35

Alumna Temple Grandin (1989), leader in animal welfare and the rights of autistic persons

#36

27% of students participating in study abroad

#37

Cooking and wellness classes, scuba diving, and rock climbing through Campus Rec

#38

The Marching Illini, who performed in the 2015 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

#39

A 4-time Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award recipient

#40

Ice skating at the Ice Arena

#41

HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey, who, according to the film, "became operational at the HAL Plant in Urbana, Illinois"

#42

Dance, improv, musical theater, and acting troupes

#43

14,000+ interviews on campus each year

#44

1,000+ academic, athletic, cultural, philanthropic, political, religious, and social student groups

#45

Memorial Stadium

#46

Outdoor Center Fields for basketball, football, soccer, rugby, tennis, sand volleyball, and inline roller hockey

#47

Moms and Dads Weekends

#48

7,000+ future classmates (i.e., lots of new friends)

#49

College of Business ranked 15th in the country (U.S. News & World Report)

#50

Jarling's frozen custard

#51

Illini awarded the most Churchill Scholarships and second-most Marshall Scholarships among public universities

#52

Intramural sports like soccer, flag football, sand volleyball, softball, and dodgeball

#53

A top producer of Fortune 500 and S&P 500 sitting CFOs (Crist|Kolder Associates)

#54

Alumnus Max Levchin (1997), one of PayPal's founders

#55

The Writers Workshop and various tutoring services

#56

2017 Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Honor Roll recipient

#57

Live music at Cowboy Monkey and The Iron Post

#58

The Eternal Flame, where "a lover's kiss will bring eternal bliss"

#59

Our create-your-own major option

#60

A top green college (Princeton Review)

#61

#2 best college town in America (AIER)

#62

Centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis

#63

Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and kosher options available at dining halls

#64

Welcome Days

#65

Our Sustainable Student Farm, which supplies food to our residence halls

#66

Block I, football's student cheering section

#67

A best Midwest food town (Midwest Living)

#68

11 LEED-certified buildings, plus 15 others in progress

#69

Special guests like Joe Biden, Jenna Marbles, and Jason Segel (and a friendly camel, too!)

#70

Close collaboration with faculty through independent studies, research, and special projects

#71

One of the most disability-friendly colleges in the U.S. (Dealing with Different)

#72

68% undergrad participation in research

#73

iVenture Accelerator, which supports student-led startups with knowledge, access, and funding

#74

5,000+ classes offered each year

#75

Squirrels!

#76

18% of undergrads from historically underrepresented groups

#77

15th most number of students studying abroad (Open Doors)

#78

"Out of Nowhere," a documentary film about the C-U music scene

#79

Alumnus Jeremy Stoppelman (1999), a founder of Yelp and its current CEO

#80

#5 Computer Science program in the nation (U.S. News & World Report)

#81

Illini Pride and its 3,000+ members

#82

The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

#83

University Housing's Good2Go Food Truck, which serves dining hall food on the go

#84

37th best university in the world (Times Higher Education)

#85

Our Counseling Center, which helps students with any academic, social, or emotional concerns

#86

Alumnus Nick Offerman (1993), best known as Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation

#87

11 Living-Learning Communities for students with common interests

#88

Orange Krush, basketball's student cheering section

#89

Art Coalition, Figure One, Link, and Illini Union Art Galleries

#90

1st Architecture graduate in the U.S., Nathan C. Ricker

#91

Office of Minority Student Affairs, International Student and Scholar Services, and Veterans Student Support Services

#92

3 honors programs—college, campus, and departmental honors

#93

Academy Award-winning director and alumnus Ang Lee (1980)

#94

Rated a best value in higher education (Forbes, Kiplinger, & Princeton Review)

#95

77 Fortune 100 companies recruiting on campus, including 8 of the top 10

#96

86% of students taking part in experiential learning opportunities (internships, assistantships, service learning, etc.)

#97

25+ Illinois Centers for Global Learning and Engagement around the world

#98

Fitness rooms, computer labs, and libraries in most residence halls

#99

The chance to do research as a freshman

#100

Stargazing at the Astronomical Observatory

#101

European Union Center and International Coffee House

#102

Curtis Apple Orchard and its apple cider doughnuts

#103

Fewer than 50 students in 80% of classes

#104

Illinois Student Senate, Illini Union Board, and the Leadership Center

#105

Housing options for 36 fraternities and 19 sororities

#106

10th in top universities producing venture capital-backed entrepreneurs (Pitchbook)

#107

Alumnus Roger Ebert (1964) and Ebertfest, his annual film festival

#108

Japan House

#109

Engineering Open House's Tesla coil concert

#110

Siebel Center, home to one of the world's leading centers for computer science research

#111

The Illinois Marathon

#112

17-time Paralympic medalist and alumna Tatyana McFadden (2014)

#113

Summer classes and online winter courses

#114

23 Nobel and 25 Pulitzer Prize winners among faculty and alumni

#115

Students from 50 U.S. states and 80+ countries

#116

One of the most respected public research universities in the world

#117

Uggles the Undergraduate Library cat

#118

Performances by Bob Dylan, CHVRCHES, Kid Cudi, Miranda Lambert, The 1975, Drake, and Kelly Clarkson

#119

Handshake, our campus-wide recruiting platform

#120

#2 Accounting program in the nation (U.S. News & World Report)

#121

Alumni Jawed Karim (2004) and Steve Chen (1999), two of YouTube's founders

#122

The first University yell: "Rah! Hoo-rah! Zip, boom, ah! Hip-zoo! Razoo! Jimmy, blow your bazoo! Ipzidyiki, U of I! Champaign!"

#123

20+ Grand Challenge Experience Courses tackling global issues you care about

#124

A micro-urban community, giving you that small-town feel with big-city benefits

#125

18 specialty and à la carte dining locations

#126

13th best Engineering university in the world (Academic Ranking of World Universities)

#127

Study abroad costs comparable to attending Illinois, with financial aid and scholarships available

#128

Urbana Sweetcorn Festival

#129

Morrow Plots, the longest-running experimental cornfield in the Western Hemisphere

#130

Complex Fields for football, softball, soccer, lacrosse, rugby, and ultimate

#131

6 campus dining halls

#132

Jane Addams Book Shop, where you'll find used, rare, and out-of-print books

#133

Newly constructed residence halls like Bousfield and Wassaja

#134

Diagonal crosswalks at intersections and bike paths throughout campus

#135

#4 in best cities for college grads with populations under 250,000 (AIER)

#136

Our Vet Med Open House, which is free and open to the public

#137

Quin, our Quintessential Engineer

#138

4-year tuition guarantee for undergrads

#139

Movies on the Quad

#140

Lincoln's nose, which students rub for good luck on exams

#141

Classes right in your residence hall

#142

One of the top 10 U.S. college campuses for fall foliage (Accuweather)

#143

Financial Aid's $414 million in funds to 70% of undergrads

#144

Research Park, where students can work with Fortune 100 companies and tech startups

#145

Alumnus Michael Hopkins (1991), NASA Astronaut

#146

Quad Day

#147

Boneyard Arts Festival

#148

The opportunity to study abroad and still graduate on time

#149

Business Instructional Facility (BIF), the 1st business facility at a public university to earn LEED platinum certification

#150

24 university residence halls and 14 private certified housing facilities

#151

Coffee, coffee everywhere!

#152

93% of freshmen returning as sophomores

#153

One of 20 universities most likely to land you a job in Silicon Valley (Business Insider)

#154

The ARC, one of the country's largest on-campus, state-of-the-art recreation centers

#155

One of the world's most innovative universities (Reuters)

#156

Our school colors (we bleed orange and blue!)

#157

Grainger Library, the largest Engineering library in the nation

#158

The Illini 4000, who raise money for cancer research while biking across the U.S.

#159

Krannert Art Museum

#160

Polyvinyl Record Co., Champaign's independent record label

#161

October Lovers, a club for students who love autumn

#162

37th best university in the world (Academic Ranking of World Universities)

#163

Hallene Gateway, the perfect entrance to campus

#164

Countless study locations both indoor and outdoor across campus

#165

Live music at The Canopy Club

#166

Head banging with the Harassing Illini at Illini Hockey games

#167

4 meal plan options and flexible dining credits

#168

8th best athletic facilities at a university (The Princeton Review)

#169

24-hour computer centers

#170

Urbana's Market at the Square and other farmers' markets

#171

The Career Center, helping Illini prepare for both grad school and careers

#172

Stress relief animals during finals week

#173

A top school for female founders (TechCrunch)

#174

Sushi at KoFusion

#175

Alumnus Martin Eberhard (1982, 1983), a founder of Tesla Motors

#176

Nearly 24% undergrad participation in fraternal organizations, with 91 fraternities and sororities

#177

Illini Media Company, which includes WPGU, our student radio station, and The Daily Illini, our student newspaper

#178

Foellinger Auditorium

#179

Transformative learning experiences both in and outside of the classroom

#180

Home to 28 culturally affiliated fraternities and sororities

#181

ELLNORA Guitar Festival

#182

Zipcars available for use on and off campus

#183

College of Engineering ranked 6th in the country (U.S. News & World Report)

#184

Alumni who have created Mosaic, ILLIAC I, PLATO, DSL, the plasma display, and Netscape

#185

A 6-year graduation rate of 85%

#186

Featured in the documentary Hoop Dreams

#187

#3 Civil Engineering program in the nation (U.S. News & World Report)

#188

Deep dish pizza at Papa Del's

#189

#15 Operations Management program in the nation (U.S. News & World Report)

#190

SafeRides and SafeWalks at night

#191

Our favorite chant: I-L-L ... I-N-I!

#192

The Illini Union's visiting lecturers, performances, and Illinites

#193

Iconic traditions since 1867

#194

Our annual Community and Campus Day of Service

#195

Common Ground Food Co-Op, Urbana's wholesome food grocery store

#196

Bowling at the Illini Union

#197

One of the most beautiful and iconic American college quads (Business Insider)

#198

Academic advisors available to every student

#199

College and campus-wide career fairs

#200

A huge range of class sizes

#201

Housing's helpful roommate matching system

#202

150+ majors to choose from

#203

Our 4 cultural centers: Asian American Cultural Center, Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, La Casa Cultural Latina, and Native American House

#204

State-of-the-art, loanable technology and support through Media Commons

#205

Authentic Mexican at Maize

#206

Beckwith Residential Support Services at Nugent Hall

#207

LGBT and Women's Resources Centers

#208

Our transfer student housing cluster in Scott Hall

#209

Green Street, the heart of Campustown and center of student nightlife

#210

Residence halls within walking distance to the center of campus

#211

18:1 student-to-faculty ratio

#212

2nd largest university library in the U.S. with 13,158,748 volumes (American Library Association)

#213

Faculty-led study abroad programs

#214

25% of grads continuing education to obtain advanced degrees

#215

Pygmalion Festival

#216

Our Orange Krush Club, the only student club space of its kind in the country

#217

CRCE, which has a pool, waterslide, hot tub, modern exercise equipment, multiple gyms, and racquetball courts

#218

Illini Hillel Cohen Center for Jewish Life, the nation's 1st Hillel

#219

Minors and pre-professional programs

#220

#11 Insurance program in the nation (U.S. News & World Report)

#221

2nd highest average mid-career salaries in the Big Ten (PayScale)

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