blog posts Illinois validates saliva-based test for COVID-19 Aug 19, 2020 2:30 pm85439 views The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign is now performing its new rapid, saliva-based COVID-19 test on all students, faculty members and staff. Class of 2023 sets records for enrollment, diversity, excellence Sep 12, 2019 11:00 am28861 views The new freshman class at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the largest, most academically talented and most diverse in the history of the university. Illinois Commitment will help students from middle-income families attend Illinois Aug 27, 2018 8:30 am22069 views Through a combination of institutional, federal and state aid, including Pell Grants and Monetary Award Program grants, Illinois Commitment will provide financial awards to cover the tuition and campus fees for in-state students whose family income is less than $61,000, the current median family income in Illinois. Urbana-Champaign COVID-19 message to students, faculty members, staff Mar 12, 2020 9:30 am20494 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign communicated Wednesday evening with students, faculty members and staff on measures the university is taking to protect the campus community in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. The message discusses course delivery, travel, and university-sponsored events and meetings. University working to contain predicted increase in on-campus COVID-19 cases Aug 21, 2020 10:15 am19355 views The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign will employ detailed plans to address the expected initial increase in COVID-19 positive cases through the next several weeks. Modified in-person instruction begins Monday. Data models developed by Illinois faculty members forecast that new cases will decline after the first few weeks of the semester and the daily positivity rate will remain low throughout. Class of 2025 sets enrollment records Sep 8, 2021 10:15 am17025 views The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign freshman enrollment of 8,303 for the 2021-22 academic year is a record. The new class brings total student enrollment to 56,299, the largest in university history. Class of 2022 sets records for enrollment, diversity, first-generation students Sep 12, 2018 9:00 am16783 views Among the Top 10 in numbers in the U.S., the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s freshman class sets new high marks for students from underrepresented backgrounds and first-generation college students, as well as a 10-year high of Illinois residents. Carle Illinois College of Medicine welcomes first class of students Jul 3, 2018 10:00 am15033 views The Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the world’s first engineering-based medical school, welcomed its first class of 32 students July 2. A partnership between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Carle Health System, the college aims to create a cohort of physician-innovators who exemplify the qualities of compassion, competence, curiosity and creativity. The students will receive full four-year tuition scholarships, privately funded, valued at more than $200,000 each. Illinois enrollment remains above 50,000 Sep 9, 2020 10:00 am13593 views Greater demand for online graduate programs pushed the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign’s 2020 enrollment to a record 52,331. In addition to delivering fall semester instruction as a mixture of face-to-face, hybrid and online courses, the university developed unique safety measures including a saliva-based COVID-19 test. Tests optional for fall 2021 freshman applicants Jun 23, 2020 8:00 am13580 views Students applying for fall 2021 freshman admission to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will not be required to submit SAT or ACT test results due to the COVID-19 pandemic limiting students’ opportunities to take the exams. Illinois announces changes to spring academic calendar Oct 20, 2020 10:00 am12971 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is adjusting its 2021 spring calendar to help maintain instruction during the pandemic. Classes will start a week later than scheduled and while there will be no spring break, three days without classes will be added. Students planning to attend classes in person will be required to return early for COVID-19 on-campus testing. Eight Illinois researchers rank among world’s most influential Nov 22, 2019 9:00 am12868 views Eight faculty members at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been named to the 2019 Highly Cited Researchers list, a global listing of scientists who produced the past decade’s most influential papers. Urbana campus to open for fall instruction with COVID-19 safety precautions Jun 18, 2020 3:15 pm12387 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will open the fall semester with as much in-person instruction and residential occupancy as COVID-19 precautions allow. $25M gift from tech entrepreneur and UI alumnus Thomas Siebel will fund construction of Siebel Center for Design Oct 4, 2016 10:00 am11679 views The 60,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility will cultivate interdisciplinary design thinking and will foster innovation in undergraduate and graduate curricula in multiple colleges. Coronavirus message sent today to faculty members, staff, students Mar 2, 2020 1:15 pm10160 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign today updated its faculty members, staff and students on the university's policies related to the coronavirus situation, including the immediate return of all people in Italy and the Daegu region of South Korea; restrictions of travel to those and other countries; and the offer to all study abroad participants to end their program early. Actor and U. of I. alumnus Nick Offerman 2017 commencement speaker Apr 25, 2017 3:30 pm10140 views Illinois alumnus and actor, humorist, author and woodworker Nick Offerman, best known for his role as Ron Swanson on the NBC hit comedy series "Parks and Recreation," will be the U. of I.’s commencement speaker Saturday, May 13. U. of I. alumnus, philanthropist Larry Gies to deliver commencement address Mar 4, 2019 10:00 am9659 views Illinois alumnus and philanthropist Larry Gies will serve as the May 11 campuswide commencement speaker. Gies is the founder and CEO of Madison Industries, an international manufacturing company that is one of the largest privately held companies in the world. Illinois physics professor named national Professor of the Year Nov 19, 2015 8:30 am8894 views Mats Selen, professor of physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named Outstanding Doctoral and Research Universities Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Garrick selected campus's first vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion Jun 11, 2019 10:00 am8608 views The U. of I. selected Sean Garrick to the new senior-level position of vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion, pending approval by the Board of Trustees. Li selected as dean and chief academic officer of Carle Illinois College of Medicine Aug 30, 2016 9:00 am8375 views Dr. King Li, a renowned researcher, educator, inventor and clinician in molecular imaging and radiology, will become the inaugural dean and chief academic officer of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine effective Oct. 1. University outlines fall plans including remote instruction after fall break Aug 3, 2020 9:00 am8196 views As part of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign’s COVID-19 precautions for the fall semester, all faculty members, staff and students who participate in on-campus activities will be required to be tested at on-campus sites twice a week. Campus Instructional Facility Project incorporates green design, public-private partnership Apr 10, 2019 8:30 am7985 views The Campus Instructional Facility Project at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is an example of a new public-private partnership model that allows for tax-exempt financing. The $75 million project also incorporates design elements that will conserve energy and reduce costs in the long term. Chancellor's Scholars named to Campus Honors Program Aug 28, 2018 8:00 am7704 views The Campus Honors Program announces the names of 159 freshmen and sophomores at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who have been designated Chancellor’s Scholars. University to hold stage-crossing experience for 2020, 2021 graduates Mar 9, 2021 10:00 am7683 views The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is planning an in-person individual, private stage-crossing experience for 2020 and 2021 graduates May 10–17. Graduates may register for a time slot to cross a stage at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts while their name is announced. COVID-19 safety protocols will apply. Media advisory: On-campus COVID-19 testing available for faculty members, staff, students Jul 6, 2020 2:00 pm7516 views News media interested in learning more about the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s COVID-19 testing are invited to a one-time media availability Tuesday, July 7 at 10 a.m. near the Alice Campbell Alumni Center 601 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana. Illini Success report shows Illinois graduates succeeding in job placement, starting salaries Mar 5, 2020 10:00 am6807 views The annual Illini Success report shows 93% of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s recent graduates found jobs, enrolled in graduate school or began a volunteer program. The average salary for a full-time-employed recent graduate was $63,515, up from last year’s $60,885. New U. of I. license plate available Mar 26, 2019 8:15 am6581 views A new version of the U. of I. license plate is available starting today. The updated version, with the "block I" logo, will be mailed to current plate-holders at no charge to them. A portion of the license plate fee goes toward scholarships for in-state students with demonstrated need. Campus sets new marks for undergraduate enrollment, diversity Sep 13, 2017 10:30 am6557 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign reached record levels of undergraduate and total enrollment this semester, and also set high marks for diversity and first-generation representation in the freshman class. Entrepreneur, UI grad Max Levchin to deliver commencement address Mar 12, 2018 10:00 am6485 views Max Levchin, a U. of I. alumnus, co-founder of PayPal, former chairman of Yelp and currently the CEO and founder of the consumer-financing platform Affirm, will serve as the commencement speaker Saturday, May 12. Jill Ellis, coach with most wins in U.S. soccer history, named 2020 commencement speaker Jan 30, 2020 10:00 am6282 views Jill Ellis, the head coach of the first women’s soccer team at Illinois who later won back-to-back FIFA Women’s World Cups as coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team, will be the 2020 commencement speaker at Illinois. Scott R. White, pioneer of self-healing materials, has died May 31, 2018 10:45 am6144 views University of Illinois aerospace engineering professor Scott R. White, an innovator of self-healing and self-regulating materials, died Monday of cancer at age 55. Hittite class offers glimpse of Bronze Age language, technology Dec 9, 2019 9:00 am5986 views Illinois students in a Hittite class learn to write the ancient language in clay using cuneiform symbols. Nine Illinois scientists rank among world's most influential Nov 15, 2022 8:00 am5734 views Nine U. of I. researchers have been named to the 2022 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list. The list recognizes research scientists and social scientists who have demonstrated exceptional influence – reflected through their publication of multiple papers frequently cited by their peers during the last decade. This year’s list includes 6,938 individuals from around the world whose papers rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in the Web of Science. Illinois welcomes second-largest freshman class Sep 7, 2022 11:30 am5732 views The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign's incoming class of 7,957 first-year students brings greater representation by gender, nationality and students who are the first in their family to go to college, while a change in the application process resulted in greater academic competition. Rare Book and Manuscript Library exhibit to feature typewriters used by Hefner, Ebert, Sandburg Jun 12, 2019 9:00 am5613 views A Rare Book and Manuscript Library exhibit will showcase typewriters used by Hugh Hefner, Roger Ebert, Carl Sandburg and James Jones. Chancellor's Scholars named to Campus Honors Program Aug 27, 2019 11:45 am5581 views The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign names 161 freshmen and sophomores Chancellor’s Scholars in the Campus Honors Program this fall, chosen for their academic excellence and leadership potential. U. of I. alumnus Jeff Huber, Grail CEO and ex-Google exec, is 2016 commencement speaker Mar 31, 2016 8:15 am5501 views Illinois alumnus Jeff Huber, whose company is developing a revolutionary blood test to detect early stage cancer, will be the U. of I.'s commencement speaker on Saturday, May 14. The event starts at 9:30 a.m. in Memorial Stadium. Carle Illinois College of Medicine announces inaugural faculty May 3, 2017 9:15 am5464 views The Carle Illinois College of Medicine has announced nearly 100 inaugural faculty members. New center to accelerate quantum information science and engineering Oct 29, 2018 10:00 am5419 views The Illinois Quantum Information Science and Technology Center is the centerpiece of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s $15 million investment in the emerging area of quantum information science and engineering. COVID-19: No more face-to-face instruction, students asked to move home Mar 17, 2020 9:30 am5363 views Message from Chancellor Robert Jones discusses additional steps to follow current guidance by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and public health officials to enact social distancing as a means to slow the spread of COVID-19 disease. Illinois breaks ground on Siebel Center for Design Apr 27, 2018 3:15 pm5178 views The University of Illinois broke ground for the Siebel Center for Design, a multidisciplinary hub of student-focused design thinking and learning. U of I students, alumni awarded Fulbright grants Jun 18, 2019 8:30 am5015 views Thirteen University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students and young alumni accepted Fulbright grants for the upcoming academic year, providing opportunities for international educational, research and teaching experiences. Five Illinois researchers rank among world’s most influential Nov 17, 2017 8:00 am4976 views Five faculty members have been named to the 2017 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list (previously known as the Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list). The list recognizes “leading researchers in the sciences and social sciences from around the world." Carle Illinois College of Medicine receives preliminary accreditation Oct 16, 2017 12:00 am4882 views The Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the first engineering-based medical school, has received preliminary acreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and is recruiting students for its first class. WWII spy to speak on campus Feb. 13 Jan 23, 2019 10:00 am4780 views World War II French Jewish spy Marthe Cohn will speak in Krannert Center’s Great Hall at 6 p.m. Feb. 13. The back story of the NY Times attorney and U of I grad whose letter went viral Oct 19, 2016 2:45 pm4709 views A U. of I. journalism alumnus who is now the newsroom attorney for The New York Times got some unexpected online attention last week. The focus of that attention was his response to an open letter from Donald Trump’s attorney, demanding the paper retract and apologize for a story. McCraw’s brief letter to the attorney, published on the Times site, went viral on social media and shot to the top of the paper's most-read content. In an interview, he talks about the letter, his job and what he learned at Illinois. Illini Fest event paints Chicago orange and blue Jul 2, 2019 11:00 am4622 views Illini Fest, a downtown festival planned for July 18 in Chicago’s Park Grill Plaza of Millennium Park, brings the university experience to the more than 150,000 Fighting Illini alumni living in Chicagoland. Five Urbana-Champaign faculty members honored as University Scholars Dec 10, 2020 1:15 pm4524 views Five University of Illinois professors at the Urbana-Champaign campus have been named University Scholars in recognition of their excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. Book celebrates planning, building of University of Illinois campus Jun 22, 2017 10:45 am4481 views A new book, “An Illini Place – Building the University of Illinois Campus,” covers the history of the planning and building of the University of Illinois campus and why the campus looks the way it does. Safer Illinois app available for faculty members, staff, students Aug 13, 2020 10:00 am4216 views An app that provides personalized coronavirus information and testing status for University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign faculty members, staff and students who intend to enter university facilities this fall is available for download by iPhone and Android users.