About the University of Illinois Springfield

We’re proud to be one of three universities in the world-class University of Illinois System.

Every year, approximately 5,000 students enroll here to earn a U of I degree where classes aren’t too big or too small, and professors really know their students. We have over 40 years of empowering leaders and look forward to having you join us.

We are dedicated to fully engaging students in the process of active teaching and learning, and offer degree-granting programs in four colleges.

“The work we do, educating future citizens of our state and our nation, has never been more important. In fact, it’s critical to the future of our democracy.”

— Chancellor Koch

Orion mark and UIS campus

Discover Our Stories

Our History
In 1960, a group of central Illinois citizens, united in their goal of bringing a four-year university to the capital city.

Our Leadership
The University of Illinois Springfield is one of three campuses of the University of Illinois, and is governed by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.

Our Research
Faculty expertise, research, and dedication to excellence generate new knowledge of value and a dynamic atmosphere of engaged teaching and learning.

Our Students
We may be in the heart of the Midwest but our students embrace and prepare for a new world.

The University of Illinois Springfield provides an intellectually rich, collaborative, and intimate learning environment for students, faculty, and staff, while serving local, regional, state, national, and international communities.

– from the university’s Mission Statement

Students in the Biology Lab

Our Promise To You

Abundant opportunities to spearhead initiatives and lead campus organizations


Passionate Teaching
Teaching-focused Academic Experience


Collaborative Opportunities
An Abundance of Opportunities to Collaborate


Diverse Community
A Right-sized, Supportive Community


Engaged Citizenship
A Tradition of Educating Public Servants and Leaders