The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, also known as U of I, UIUC, or simply Illinois, is a public research-intensive university in the U.S. state of Illinois. Since its founding in 1867 as a Land-grant institution, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has earned a reputation as a world-class leader in research, teaching and public engagement.
In its 2016 rankings, U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges rated Illinois as the number 11 public university and the number 41 national university. It is one of the original 37 public land-grant institutions created after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act in 1862 to give rise to the national public universities.
The university is distinguished by the breadth and quality of its programs – everything from agriculture and architecture to veterinary medicine and zoology. The campus has vibrant programs in many fields including engineering, law, business, fine and applied arts, media, applied health, education, the liberal arts and sciences, library sciences, and social work.
The institution is consistently ranked among the top public universities in the country, with many fields receiving top-rankings including engineering, library & information science, and business.
Among the famous people who have graduated from this university are 23 Nobel Prizes 25 Pulitzer Prize Winners for alumni and faculties. Some of world historical accomplishments creations such as the First Graphical Web Browser are realized at Illinois.
The University of Illinois includes 16 academic units that provide more than 150 undergraduate programs and more than 100 graduate and professional programs. The most popular and famous are Engineering departments that are ranked on the highest positions in the US. The second place by popularity takes College of Business.
The university is in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana (total population 207,000) in east-central Illinois, in the northeastern United States. Situated about 140 miles south of Chicago, 125 miles west of Indianapolis, and 180 miles northeast of St. Louis.
Illinois' architecture and landscape present an inspiring environment to learn and enjoy life. 647 Total buildings of the University are located on 18,4 square km.
Illinois is home to two National Historic Landmarks and several buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Among Illinois' campus landmarks are many historical cultural places: Allerton Park and Retreat Center, Altgeld Hall, Alma Mater, Astronomical Observatory.
Library items mark one of the largest public university libraries in the world. There are more than 20 area studies libraries, including one of the larger engineering libraries in the country. The university has a National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) - one of the leading centers in the United States on the development of high-performance computing systems. Besides, UIUC is rated as one of the most "disability friendly" U.S. campuses.