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University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) is a small public liberal arts university located in Springfield, IL. UIS aims to have a strong impact on the local community. Thirty-percent of the college-educated workforce in Springfield graduated from UIS, which illustrates that UIS has made an impact on the local community and state government. The campus is located on over 700 acres near Lake Springfield in the southeast portion of the capital city. The campus is easily accessed from Interstate 55, which runs in a north-south direction through the state of Illinois. UIS is home to approximately 5,000 students where students are able to earn a University of Illinois degree in a small classroom setting. UIS has two residence halls, four-sets of townhouses, and four-sets of university-owned apartments – which house nearly 1,100 students.
Springfield is also the state capital of Illinois and the home of Abraham Lincoln, our nation's 16th president. Noted American poet Vachel Lindsay was born and died here. Springfield is known for the Cozy Dog (corn dog on a stick) and Horseshoe sandwiches, has great restaurants, and is conveniently located between St. Louis and Chicago.With a population of about 118,000, Springfield also boasts a wildlife sanctuary, zoo, memorial gardens, botanical gardens, and the world's largest carillon. A lively music scene includes jazz, blues, community theater, municipal opera, comedy, and live bands all over town. Shopping enthusiasts come from all over the area to central Illinois' largest enclosed shopping facility,White Oaks Mall, and to the specialty shops in Springfield's downtown historic district. Regular bus service is provided from the UIS campus to the mall, downtown area, and to other points around the city.