No hype. No spin. Just college life from the inside
in the words of those who live it.
Is there a coffee bar on campus?
Two coffee bars! Capital Perks is located on the front door entrance level of the Public Affairs Center, on the Quad. It serves all the gourmet coffees and teas, iced drinks, muffins, etc. Same with Mary Jane’s Cafe, located on the first level of Brookens Library. That’s right, a mocha latte while you hit the books. Mary Jane’s also serves whole grains, healthy sandwiches, and gourmet salads for lunch.
How do I get an on-campus job?
UIS has an online career management system called Career Connect. That is where you will find on-campus student worker positions posted. After you register for classes, you can register for an account at the CareerConnect Student.
Is it true the library is haunted?
What is there to do at UIS?
Plenty. We have 85+ student organizations you can explore — check out the Office of Student Life. We also have nine intercollegiate sports, numerous intramural teams, lots of traditions like Homecoming and Springfest, a foreign film series, incredible entertainment that comes to Sangamon Auditorium, theatre and music departments with plays and concerts all year, and a Housing Residents’ Council, which spends an inordinate amount of time making sure nobody who lives on campus is bored.
Do you have a Rec Center?
Do we have a rec center !?! You won’t believe this rec center. It’s called TRAC — The Recreation and Athletic Center and it’s brand new — a $16 million, 47,000 square feet space housing recreation, fitness, and indoor athletic events at UIS. There is a 3,000-seat performance arena with three collegiate-length basketball and volleyball courts, an elevated running track, two racquetball courts that convert to squash courts, cardio/weight training areas, and a multi-purpose exercise room. Surrounding the cardio/weight areas are lots of flat screen TVs — check out the news, ESPN SportsCenter, a movie, whatever! TRAC is open 7 a.m. – 11 p.m
What happens if I’m struggling with my classes?
We don’t let anyone struggle if we can help it. Just let us know where you need help. We have a Center for First Year Students for new students whether you are a freshman, junior, whatever, as long as it’s your first year at UIS.
You can also take advantage of UIS’ Center for Teaching and Learning, which has tutors to work with you on writing skills, grammar and usage, math and statistics, software applications and computer programming, reading, studying, or test taking.
No charge. Ever. We also have a peer mentoring program which can help with classes, but also with college adjustment issues. Don’t be shy.
Who are my teachers?
Almost all of them are full time faculty well known in their fields. And they teach freshmen. We don’t reserve our professors for upperclassmen. With small classes, you’ll get to know your teachers well. We promise. They’ll take an interest in you and make sure you succeed. They’ll even know when you’re missing from class…but that’s a good thing. They care.
How do I apply for scholarships?
If you’re an incoming freshman or freshman honors student, see your admissions counselors about the merit scholarships available. After your freshman year, you’re eligible for more than 100 available scholarships worth more than $90,000. Go to our scholarships website and download an application. The deadline for applying is February 15 of every year. Don’t miss the opportunity.
How are roommates chosen?
You will submit a form when you apply for housing that asks questions such as “do you get up early?” or “do you stay up until all hours?” so we can pair you with someone similar. You can also request a specific roommate if, for example, you have a friend coming to UIS at the same time.
What’s an interdisciplinary integrated honors curriculum, anyway?
The general education courses that our Capital Scholars honors students take are taught in a block of courses that are largely inter-disciplinary. For example, if you are learning about the Middle East conflict, you would explore it from a variety of angles…politics, religion, history, economics, and social. Through those various lens, you’d explore why it’s happening and how it might be solved. Expect to be exposed to multiple perspectives. At college, unlike high school, there are lots of right answers and you’ll be asked to think critically. That’s how you learn to live and work in a complex world.
What about internships?
Nobody leaves here without an impressive record of success and a portfolio to prove it. We have great connections to Illinois state government, businesses in Central Illinois, and the dozens of not for profit agencies that are headquartered in Springfield. Our students have also interned in Chicago, and even at the White House! Many of our internships are paid!
Are you sure the library isn’t haunted?
Yes. I mean no. Actually, “The Haunted Library” at Halloween is annual event on campus that has become a student favorite!