CROSSROADS OF CULTURES The University of Illinois at Urbana-
Urbana-Champaign is more than just
Champaign is a welcoming and inclusive
the home to the University of Illinois –
crossroads of cultures. People from more
the twin cities are two of the most
than 120 nations call us home and their
cosmopolitan in the state. With a
presence adds to our diversity in ideas,
combined population of about 180,000,
attitudes, food and art. A world-class
Champaign and Urbana feature top-
research institution founded in 1867,
notch restaurants, concert arenas, and
Illinois was one of the original 37 public
parks and recreation facilities. People
land grant universities. Today, the
come to the University of Illinois for
University of Illinois, with its history and
outstanding career opportunities.
prestige, stands as the state’s flagship
But they stay here because they find a
public university. Our campus now
community that makes it easy to balance
consists of nearly 300 main buildings
work with family, and achievement
situated on 1,400 acres. Our high-quality
with satisfaction. It doesn’t take long
academic programs, outstanding facilities
to realize that Urbana-Champaign is
and abundant resources have earned
a wonderful place to call home.
Illinois the reputation as an institution of international stature, and we are ranked annually among the top public universities in the country.
In Champaign-Urbana, it’s about
Community This is a place where research collaborations
Like many universities, our campus is
happen not only in the field or the lab,
home to a wide range of exceptional
but also at the dinner table. Lifelong
research and scholarship. But what
relationships are forged here. It’s a
truly sets us apart is a collaborative
place where colleagues become friends,
environment that leads to ground-
research partners might be neighbors,
breaking discovery, innovation and
and casual conversations blossom into
partnerships that invite new ways
meaningful professional relationships.
of thinking and working. So it’s no surprise that we count 22 Nobel Laureates, 19 Pulitzer Prize winners, six MacArthur Fellows and 18 National Medal of Science recipients among our faculty and alumni. This is a place where important work happens. It’s a community where professional goals and personal life come together, and
22 Nobel Laureates
where family matters. At Illinois, you really can have it all.
The work we do at Illinois has real and lasting
Our campus offers many programs and
Providing in-house technology
impact. As a land-grant university, we hold the
services that assist faculty entrepreneurs
protection and commercialization
expectation that our faculty, staff and students will
and help convey their work into the
services, the Office of Technology
help improve society, and that our classrooms and
public sector. The Campus Research
Management transfers intellectual
laboratories will develop the leaders of the future –
Board allocates over $2.5 million a
property into practical use—benefiting
and we have the resources to deliver. Our network
year in programs that enhance faculty
the public as quickly and effectively as
of relationships with major corporations such as
scholarship. The Illinois Program for
possible. And our research park was
Boeing, Intel, Caterpillar, Yahoo! and others results
Research in the Humanities supports
named the 2011 Outstanding Research
in thousands of grants and awards, and we’re
fellowships, symposia, release-time
Park by the Association of University
consistently the top university recipient of NSF
awards, and reading groups to promote
Research Parks (AURP), and continues
funding. In total, nearly $600 million of external
interdisciplinary work in the humanities,
to act as an incubator for bringing
funding each year is invested in Illinois faculty and
arts and social sciences.
technology from the laboratory to
the work they do.
Top 10 Tech City
economically viable business activities.
“It’s easy to get significant work done here at Illinois. And it isn’ t just about the great labs and facilities. It’s really about your colleagues and your students – people here are interested in answering questions and solving problems, not arguing over the credit.” Nadya Mason, Professor, Physics
Weâ€™re home to numerous research
Technology, which was founded on the
centers, multidisciplinary research
premise that reducing the traditional
efforts and many advanced
barriers between various scientific
and technological disciplines can
discovery is a topic of conversation
yield research advances that more
at every university today. At Illinois,
conventional approaches cannot.
it isnâ€™t just talk. It is a way of life.
More than 1,500 researchers from
There may be no better national
43 departments as far-ranging as
example of this than our Beckman
psychology, computer science,
Institute for Advanced Science and
electrical engineering, kinesiology and community health, chemistry and English comprise 13 Beckman Institute groups, working within and across these overlapping areas.
Largest public university library in the United States
“At Illinois, it’s possible
to redefine success, and invent entirely new ways of working with colleagues from across campus in almost any field, for almost any reason.”
M. Elen Deming, Professor and Head, Landscape Architecture
BALANCE At Illinois, we’re committed to
policy are signature features of our
supporting faculty members and
commitment to faculty well-being. In
their families as they navigate their
fact, our campus is a national leader
professional and personal lives. We
in this area, as recognized in a 2010
have a long history of assisting faculty
study conducted at the Harvard
with dual career issues, medical
Graduate School of Education. The
challenges, the birth or adoption of a
Collaborative on Academic Careers
new child, tenure clock hurdles, and
in Higher Education (COACHE) cited
general health and wellness. Our
the University of Illinois at Urbana-
Dual Career Academic Couples hiring
Champaign as one of four exemplar
program and our Tenure Code Rollback
doctoral institutions based on tenure-track faculty ratings of “work and home balance and supports.”
Exemplar doctoral institution for personal-professional balance
A TRADITION OF
CULTURE AND ARTS Krannert Center for the Performing
is held every two years and draws
Arts is the cornerstone for arts in
thousands to its three-day lineup.
the community. This premier facility
The university is also home to the
combines four theatres, an outdoor amphitheatre and flexible lobby space and has become the nation’s leading university-based arts presenter. The Center presents 300 to 400 events each season, including a professional series that has feaured artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, and k.d. lang. Ellnora | The Guitar Festival
second largest fine arts museum in Illinois, the Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion. The museum’s collection of more than 10,000 works of art is complemented by outstanding temporary exhibitions, artists’ lectures, music and dance performances, and film screenings. A visit to Spurlock Museum reveals a repository of world history and culture, and features five galleries that house exhibits from all corners of the world and boasts 40,000 objects in its artifact collection.
A micro-universe of
DIFFERENT BEATS If local music’s your thing, we’ve had a
Often, the community spills into the streets
long tradition on that front too. In 1967,
with a multitude of music and arts festivals
a group of UI students came together to
and fairs. From Taste of Champaign to
become REO Speedwagon, and the rest
numerous street fairs and neighborhood
is history. Grammy winner Allison Krauss
events, every week brings something new.
grew up playing in the local haunts, and
Have a taste for the blues? There’s the annual
Champaign-Urbana continues to impress
Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival. Movie buff?
as the breeding ground for a number
Check out EbertFest, a four-day film festival
of talented, local artists including the
curated by alumnus Roger Ebert.
alternative-rock band Hum. On any given
In Urbana, the summer culminates with
night, you can choose from a number of live musical performances.
Talented local artists
the annual Sweetcorn Festival, a two-day lineup of food, kids’ events, performances,
We’re host to some pretty big names, too.
and music headliners such as Survivor, Soul
Recent shows at the Assembly Hall and
Asylum, and the Marshall Tucker Band. And
other venues include Kelly Clarkson, Rascal
this is just a small sample of what the C-U
Flatts and Ben Folds.
community has to offer.
â€œLiving is not the same as residing; you can reside in a place without living it. Living is enjoying life to the fullest extent, and Champaign-Urbana is a place to live.â€? Alejandro Dominguez-Garcia, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Photo courtesy of Bruce Amsbary
LIVING, LESS HASSLE Combining natural Midwestern beauty
Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy 80 parks
spectators and volunteers together for a
with cultural resources typically found in
spanning nearly 1,000 acres in Champaign-
weekend of races and activities.
larger metropolitan areas, the twin cities
of Urbana-Champaign retain the charm,
In just minutes’ drive, you can enjoy outdoor the excitement of Big Ten athletics is
friendliness, safety and affordability of smaller communities. Housing, entertainment, and living expenses are comparatively low. That translates into fewer dollars spent on staples and more in your pocket to explore your passions. Easy commutes, a designated “bike-friendly” community, and an award-winning mass
sports and activities such as swimming,
never far away on the campus. And while
boating, fishing, hiking, camping, biking
championships are abundant, Illinois
and cross-country skiing at one of three
retains a reputation for excellence and
major forest preserves in Champaign
integrity – and we take pride in knowing
County. Or take an afternoon to explore
that our athletes are students first.
thousands more acres of natural areas in
Illinois also promotes active learning and
our neighboring counties. Golfers enjoy
self-discovery opportunities to the entire
nine public golf courses within 15 miles transit system (free with campus ID) make it of Champaign, and three private clubs. quick and simple to get from here to there. The annual Illinois Marathon is becoming
Top 10 Green City
With 19 intercollegiate sports programs,
campus community. Our outstanding campus recreation facilities boast 500,000 square feet of state-of-the-art space
a highlight on the Midwest’s running
available to concentrate on wellness and
circuit, and brings thousands of athletes,
â€œThis is an easy place to do what you want. It is easy to get to and from your place of work. It is easy to focus on your research/work. It is easy to develop relationships with students. It is easy to raise kids in the environment you want.â€? David Tewksbury, Associate Professor, Communication
THE BEST OF MANY WORLDS — A
“Micro-Urban”Community Downtown Champaign is a
strong technology base, and
thriving mixture of commercial
commitment to societal issues
and residential. Strolling through
coupled with a world-class university
the downtown district, you will
make this community a destination
discover upscale restaurants, art
for professionals of all kinds.
galleries, boutiques, locally owned
For those with a travelling spirit, in
retail stores and nightlife. Or you might prefer a visit to downtown Urbana with its own eclectic mix of restaurants, bars, retail and more.
three hours or less, you could be in Chicago, St. Louis or Indianapolis, enjoying a major sporting event, world-class museums or dinner
Champaign-Urbana is on an
at a renowned restaurant. Or
accelerated development track,
choose to venture along a different
emerging as a leading example of
path and enjoy national treasures
a “micro-urban” community—a
like Shawnee National Forest or
population center of less than 250,000
historic Lincoln sites. Amtrak,
with a set of highly desirable attributes Greyhound, and American Airlines
150 full-service restaurants
commonly found in larger cities. Our
offer daily transportation so you
vibrant arts/culture/nightlife scene,
can very quickly be on your way to
internationally diverse population,
SCHOOLS University Laboratory High School is a
Champaign Unit 4 School District
selective admission, public, laboratory
• Received the 2011 “What Parents Want”
school sanctioned by the State of Illinois
award by SchoolMatch, the nation’s
and associated with the University of
largest school selection consulting
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “Uni” enrolls
firm. Only 16% of schools nationwide
approximately 300 students, spanning
have received this honor.
five grades. Its alumni include three Nobel
• Champaign Unit 4 offers a school choice
Laureates, a Pulitzer Prize winner and an Academy Award winner; it is regularly recognized as a “public elite” school by Newsweek and the Washington Post
program at the elementary level that gives parents several options to meet their child’s unique needs.
because of its students’ consistently high
• Unit 4 teachers are regular recipients of
scores on the ACT.
the “Those Who Excel” awards presented by the Illinois State Board of Education.
Three magnet elementary schools with foci on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), International Education, and Micro Society Ventures.
Urbana School DistricT 116
Champaign County Schools
• Nearly 25% of a recent Urbana High
• Special Education Services encompass
School graduating class admitted to
a broad spectrum of service delivery
the University of Illinois.
models such as self-contained, work
• For the second year in a row, Urbana
study, team teaching and full inclusion.
School District 116 was honored by the
• Gifted Enrichment Programs are available
College Board with a place on the 2nd
in the public schools to address leadership,
Annual AP Honor Roll, for increasing
creativity, artistry, and intellectual/
access to Advanced Placement course-
work while improving performance
• High school graduates received more than
on AP exams.
• 46 different languages represented from student population, who come from countries in North America,
$7.2 million in post-secondary scholarships.
• More than 100 AP/Dual Credit Classes are offered in Champaign County.
South America, Europe, Asia and Africa.
In addition to the public school districts, 26 area private schools round out the available choices for parents.
LIVE. We’ve heard countless stories from people who tell us they came to Illinois as a temporary stop in their careers, and stayed for decades. We’ve asked them what makes Illinois special, and they say it’s the seamless integration of work, play, and personal life in a community where you really can have it all.
Produced by Creative Services | Public Affairs