The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) was founded in 1867 and is the state’s second oldest school. The urban setting of 1,700 acres holds 16 schools and colleges. The campus has well-renowned schools like the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, the Grainger College of Engineering, and the Department of Psychology. UIUC also has one of the top 10 study abroad programs. Students have access to one of the world’s largest public university libraries and research facilities, including the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, the Beckman Institute, the Institute for Genomic Biology, and the Siebel Center for Computer Science.
There are over 150 programs for undergraduates at the University of Illinois. The most popular majors are engineering; business/marketing; social sciences; communication/journalism; and biological/life sciences. The student to faculty ratio is 20 to 1, and 38% of UIUC classes have fewer than 20 students. The university has well-known programs in the fields of engineering and sciences (both applied and basic).
The campus has more than 1,800 Registered Student Organizations (RSOs). Students can choose from these clubs when they’re advertised during the campus’ popular ‘Quad Day.’ The campus has the world’s largest Greek system. Roughly 21% of men belong to a fraternity and 27% of women belong to a sorority. Many students elect to participate in the athletic scene. They compete in 21 sports in the NCAA Division I B1G. Some of the most popular sports are gymnastics, tennis, and wrestling. Students looking for a campus with a large Greek presence and a wide variety of academics should seriously consider UIUC.