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Creative Services University of Illinois Springfield

Writing Standards

The UIS Campus Relations department oversees writing standards for the campus.

Style Guide

The guidelines contained in the UIS Writing Style Guide are based on the Chicago Manual of Style, published by the University of Chicago Press, though some departures have been made that are specific to UIS.

The guide is by no means exhaustive; it’s meant only to address some of the most common questions that writers on this campus may have.

Written Descriptions of UIS

Official descriptions are offered below for your use where appropriate. They are not required to appear on UIS materials.

Most commonly used description:

University of Illinois Springfield is one of three campuses of the world-class University of Illinois. Over 5,000 students enroll each year at UIS seeking a U of I degree in the friendly learning environment of a smaller university. Located in the state capital, UIS has a special mission in public affairs and has produced thousands of leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. (64 words)

25 words or less:

University of Illinois Springfield is one of three campuses of the world-class University of Illinois. UIS is known for educating public servants and leaders.

15 words or less:

University of Illinois Springfield is teaching focused and educates tomorrow’s public servants and leaders.

Important ideas and programs to promote in your writing:

  • Online
  • Government
  • Accredited College of Business
  • Environmental degree
  • NCAA
  • Liberal arts
  • Science
  • Biology
  • Transfer
  • Master’s degrees
  • Research
  • Internships
  • MBA
  • Political Science
  • State Capital
  • Computer Science

Important phrases:

  • Hands-on learning
  • Hands-on research
  • Faculty who know you
  • Professors who know you
  • Earn a U of I degree
  • Making connections
  • Building relationships
  • Collaborative learning
  • Civic engagement
  • Express yourself
  • Small classes, personal attention
  • Small learning environments
  • Intimate learning environment
  • Supportive environment
  • Undergraduate research
  • Research opportunities
  • Tomorrow’s leaders
  • Competing in NCAA division II
  • Diverse opportunities
  • Celebrating differences
  • Leaders in online learning
  • Ranked 2nd among public regional universities in the Midwest
  • Beautiful campus
  • Welcoming campus
  • Local outreach
  • Making a difference (in the world)