A world-class leader in research, teaching and public engagement A world-class leader in research, teaching and public engagement

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.

Quick facts:

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.
Website: http://illinois.edu/


Why choose Illinois?

  1. Several rankings place Illinois among the top 50 universities in the world
  2. The campus is known for its landscape and architecture, as well as distinctive landmarks
  3. The campus library system is one of the largest public academic collections in the world