University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (U of I, Illinois, or colloquially the University of Illinois or UIUC)[10][11] is a public land-grant research university in Illinois in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana. It is the flagship institution of the University of Illinois system and was founded in 1867. Enrolling over 56,000 undergraduate and graduate students, the University of Illinois is one of the largest public universities by enrollment in the nation.

University of Illinois
Urbana-Champaign
Former names
Illinois Industrial University (1867–1885)
University of Illinois (1885–1982)
MottoLearning & Labor
TypePublic flagship land-grant research university
Established1867; 154 years ago (1867)
Parent institution
University of Illinois system
AccreditationHLC
Academic affiliations
Endowment$2.40 billion (2020) (system-wide)[1]
ChancellorRobert J. Jones[2]
PresidentTimothy L. Killeen[3]
ProvostAndreas C. Cangellaris[4]
Academic staff
2,548
Administrative staff
7,842[5]
Students56,257 (Fall 2021)[6]
Undergraduates34,559 (Fall 2021)[6]
Postgraduates20,525 (Fall 2021)[7]
Location, ,
United States
CampusCollege Town, 6,370 acres (2,578 ha)[8]
NewspaperThe Daily Illini
ColorsIllini Orange & Blue[9]
   
NicknameFighting Illini
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division I FBSBig Ten
Websitewww.illinois.edu

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is a member of the Association of American Universities and is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity", and has been listed as a "Public Ivy" in The Public Ivies: America's Flagship Public Universities (2001) by Howard and Matthew Greene.[12][13] In fiscal year 2019, research expenditures at Illinois totaled $652 million.[14][15] The campus library system possesses the second-largest university library in the United States by holdings after Harvard University.[16] The university also hosts the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and is home to the fastest supercomputer on a university campus.[17]

Illinois contains 16 schools and colleges[18] and offers more than 150 undergraduate and over 100 graduate programs of study. The university holds 651 buildings on 6,370 acres (2,578 ha)[8] and its annual operating budget in 2016 was over $2 billion.[19] The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign also operates a Research Park home to innovation centers for over 90 start-up companies and multinational corporations, including Abbott, AbbVie, Caterpillar, Capital One, Dow, State Farm, and Yahoo, among others.[15]

As of August 2020, the alumni, faculty members, or researchers of the university include 30 Nobel laureates, 27 Pulitzer Prize winners, 2 Turing Award winners and 1 Fields medalist. Illinois athletic teams compete in Division I of the NCAA and are collectively known as the Fighting Illini. They are members of the Big Ten Conference and have won the second-most conference titles. Illinois Fighting Illini football won the Rose Bowl Game in 1947, 1952, 1964 and a total of five national championships. Illinois athletes have won 29 medals in Olympic events, ranking it among the top 40 American universities with Olympic medals.