From The School
Illinois provides a 148-year tradition of academic excellence and success. By learning from faculty members who are among the best in their fields, participating in undergraduate research, and gaining invaluable hands-on experience, Illinois students receive an education that's second to none.
Study Abroad—Over 30% of the Illinois student body studies abroad. All students are encouraged to do so, and there’s a program for you no matter your major or interests. With 400+ programs in 60+ countries, you can study in a different country over an academic break, throughout a semester, or even for an entire year. From learning about business in Hong Kong to studying cinema in London, the opportunities are endless.
Honors Programs-For high-achieving students, Illinois offers interconnected and cooperating honors programs at the campus, college, and departmental levels. Students can participate in more than one program over the course of an undergraduate career. Additionally, the National and International Scholarships Program assists high-achieving students in applying for various nationally competitive awards, such as the Rhodes and Fulbright scholarships.
Career Services-One of the most important resources on campus is The Career Center, which acts as an umbrella for both college and departmental career centers across campus. Having a network of centers will greatly benefit you as an Illinois student-not only will you be able to utilize the larger center, but you’ll also have access to a center that specializes in your specific major. The Career Center provides invaluable services like career counseling, pre-health advising, resume and cover letter reviews, mock interviews, and workshops on salary negotiations and professional etiquette.
Leadership Center—The Leadership Center's professionals are committed to helping you develop and enhance your executive skills through active participation in leadership consulting programs, leadership retreats, and a certificate program that involves extended leadership involvement through activities, classes, and employment.
The University of Illinois’ massive size means “opportunities, lots of classes, lots of student groups,” and “an incredibly lively campus.” “The research support is phenomenal on campus” and “there are a lot of resources to supplement your studies.” Students find the university’s “fantastic library system” and “phenomenal advisors” to be “such a benefit for research projects,” and “countless on-campus resources such as the Career Center, Writers Workshop, Office of Minority Student Affairs, free tutoring services, and the Study Abroad Office” also support students’ academic experiences. They praise their processors as “wonderful,” “not just good at research but also instructing and mentoring,” and “very approachable,” and students thrive on the emphasis on experiences outside the classroom: “The field work (tons of field work) that they make us do really helped in getting used to the field.” “Most professors here are devoted to teaching, not researching.” Classes can be big—“As an underclassman, many classes I’ve taken have been with very large classes”— but “the professors are engaging and know how to keep a class of 700-plus entertained.” U of I’s programs in business and engineering have long been recognized as among the best, and one student says, “I liked the breadth of the engineering program and the opportunities associated with it.” Even if you’re not sure what you want to study yet, its undergrads feel that the university has “an amazing reputation and strong programs in many different majors, and that if I needed to change majors (which I ended up doing) I would still be getting a great degree.”