Since its founding in 1867, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has earned a reputation as a world-class leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. The University is a meeting place for great scholars, great ideas, and great accomplishments across a broad range of disciplines.
The University campus straddles the border between Champaign and Urbana (total population 180,000) in east-central Illinois. It is situated about 140 miles south of Chicago, 125 miles west of Indianapolis, and 180 miles northeast of St. Louis.
With a combined population of 105,000, Champaign-Urbana is large enough to support cultural and entertainment opportunities usually associated with major metropolitan areas, yet small enough to maintain its identity as a friendly, Midwestern community.
Leisure choices abound. Days can be spent going to museums or playing golf. Malls or neighborhood shops offer a variety of shopping experiences. Arts-lovers can choose between community theatre productions, nationally renowned acts, and a vibrant local music scene. Weekend getaways to Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis are within a three-hour interstate drive of Champaign-Urbana.
Location: Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA
City Population: 180,000
University Population: 42,600
Climate: Urbana-Champaign has a humid continental climate, typical of the Midwestern United States, with hot, humid summers and cold, moderately snowy winters.
Nearest Airport: University of Illinois Willard Airport, daily flights to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.
Why choose Illinois?
- Several rankings place Illinois among the top 50 universities in the world
- The campus is known for its landscape and architecture, as well as distinctive landmarks
- The campus library system is one of the largest public academic collections in the world