At UIS, you’ll find a culture that promotes transformational teaching and learning, and uniquely prepares graduates for future professional success, civic engagement, and personal growth.

UIS is United In Safety for two weeks of remote learning (January 19-29, 2021) before returning to on-campus learning in February. Our comprehensive plan prioritizes the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, visitors and the community while preserving our mission and vision to provide a premier educational experience for all students. Read more about how we’re United in Safety at UIS

UIS continues to be dedicated to fully engaging students in the process of active teaching and learning, offering degrees that are relevant to student personal and professional success across a lifetime, and providing its diverse student body with a distinctive academic experience where students conduct research, use technology, experiment, intern, volunteer, and more.

The University is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). UIS participates in a ten-year cycle that focuses on assurance of quality and continuous improvement. In addition to our institutional accreditation by the HLC, a number of UIS academic departments/programs have also achieved specialized accreditation.

Student Highlights

  • UIS students Joseph Partain and Cedric Birgans earned awards at the 32nd annual National Mock Trial Invitational at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa in late January. Partain received an individual outstanding attorney award and Birgans won an individual outstanding witness award.
  • One of the top players in UIS baseball history, John Sechen, signed a free agent contract with the Colorado Rockies organization on Jan. 30. Sechen played from 2016-19 and was a three-time all-GLVC selection. He is the school’s career leader in many offensive categories. He is the third Prairie Stars player to sign with a Major League Baseball affiliate over the last two years.
  • UIS students got a chance to watch the Illinois Supreme Court’s morning oral arguments and meet with Chief Justice Anne Burke. The meet-and-greet was sponsored by the Phi Alpha Delta pre-law fraternity and the Pre-Law Center.
  • Brandon Derman (ENS) and student Lucy Perlman conducted qualitative field research during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations in Madrid, Spain. They examined the framing of “climate justice” inside negotiations and at a concurrent summit held by civil society groups.
  • Over the past year, 340 UIS undergraduate students completed internships for academic credit through the Internship & Prior Learning Office. Based on internship
    supervisor evaluations, 99% of those interns received an overall performance rating as excellent (83%) or good (16%), with students scoring an average of 4.8 out of 5.0 scale.


UIS faculty are known for world-class teaching. The dedicated and highly talented faculty offer personal attention to students pursuing their education in the midst of the pandemic, offering online and remote instruction to safeguard student health. Our faculty are continuously engaged in improving their curriculum to ensure academic quality.

Read about our distinguished professors and faculty award recipients

Graduate students sampling trees in Carpenter Park as part of the "Concepts of Ecology" laboratory, Monday, October 2, 2017.

Degree Programs

Undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered by four academic colleges.

Dr. Mohammed Mohi Uddin teaching his accountancy class, Intermediate Financial Accounting II, Tuesday, January 30, 2018.

The AACSB accredited UIS College of Business and Management’s mission is to prepare students for successful business related careers in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors.

Explore degree programs available in the College of Business & Management

Professor Meghan Kessler with her Curriculum, Planning, and Assessment class TEP 318, Thursday, September 13, 2018.

The College of Education and Human Services prepares students for careers as social workers, teachers, counselors, administrators, researchers, gerontologists, and public professionals.

Explore degree programs available in the College of Education & Human Services


Dr. Noah Reynolds with undergrad biochemistry student Brianna Grigsby

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences aspires to teach students in a transformative environment that stimulates engagement with ideas, each other, and the world.

Explore degree programs offered by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

The University of Illinois Springfield's Child Protection Training Academy used its mock simulation house to help train first responders from around the country in methods to investigate and document child abuse during a training held September 19-21, 2017, on campus.

The College of Public Affairs and Administration offers effective public affairs education, significant public affairs scholarship, and active service to the community to improve government and public policy in Illinois, the nation, and the world.

Explore degrees offered by the College of Public Affairs & Administration

Honors Program

Professor Nancy Weichert releasing a butterfly with her Cap Honors class as part of a first day, get to know you, exercise at the end of class. Weichert collects eggs and raises butterflies in captivity to release them back into the environment. Thursday, August 30, 2018.

UIS’ Capital Scholars Honors Program (CAP) provides a challenging, interdisciplinary educational experience where well-qualified, motivated students gain understanding and leadership skills to engage the world. The program features interdisciplinary and collaborative learning and is designed to develop student talents through small classes that encourage lively exchange between students and professors. Students learn actively, applying their skills to real community concerns. Problem solving and research skills are emphasized throughout the program.

Learning Beyond the Classroom

Opportunities abound for UIS undergraduate and graduate students to actively engage in the process of discovery in and out of the virtual and on-campus classrooms.


Undergraduate students benefit from academically-sponsored learning experiences that offer career exploration, development of skills and experience that can be added to a resume, networking opportunities with professionals in the field, and an increased awareness of community, diversity, and public affairs. Find more information about internships during the pandemic.

Sarah Zimmerman. Spring 2018 public affairs reporting students interning at various news organizations in the State Capitol Tuesday, February, 20, 2018.

Graduate students may pursue internship opportunities through the Graduate Public Service Intern (GPSI) Program, Illinois Legislative Staff Intern Program (ILSIP), and Public Affairs Reporting Program. Graduate assistantships offer opportunities to develop and apply skills across a broad spectrum of programs at UIS.

Study Away Programs

Students learn about themselves and others’ distinct cultural perspectives, develop lifelong friends from other backgrounds, expand their ability to adapt to diverse situations and problem solve through a study away experience. Find information about Study Away operations during the pandemic.

World map depicting students on Study Abroad programs

UIS study abroad opportunities include short-term programs in Japan, The Gambia, Taiwan, Thailand, Rome/Malta, Brazil, and Cuba. Full-semester or year-long exchange program are also offered in Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom, China, France, Korea, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Spain, and Mexico. We can help students study almost anywhere through our membership in the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP).


UIS enhances students’ educational experience and encourages their success and professional development by providing support for student research. Undergraduate and graduate students may choose to present a short oral presentation, a poster presentation, art exhibition, or performance of their work at the annual Student Technology, Arts, & Research Symposium (STARS). A virtual STARS event is planned for Spring 2020. UIS also provides students with research opportunities through the Undergraduate Research Support Program.

At UIS, faculty scholarship and teaching are realized as mutually enlivening and enriching activities. We value the scholarship of discovery, integration, application, and teaching as exciting and motivating forces in the lives of our teacher-scholars. View a list of faculty research and scholarship interests


Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center
Students learn and lead by serving through the UIS Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center. The Center fosters a life-long commitment to community within all UIS students, faculty, and staff, through its mission to link the UIS community to service and civic engagement opportunities in central Illinois and beyond.

Academic Support

Center for Academic Success & Advising (CASA)

Students at UIS working on a class project
The Center for Academic Success and Advising is a one-stop academic support shop for students. Services are available to students remotely during the pandemic.

The Learning Hub offers free academic support services to currently enrolled UIS students. Students have access to face-to-face and online peer tutoring in writing, math, accounting, economics, science, and academic skills.

Read more about advising, testing, and other services available through the Center for Academic Success and Advising.

Information Technology Services (ITS)

3D Printing at ITSITS is the first point of contact for technology support, regardless of device, platform, or operating system. UIS’ ITS staff and technology team up to provide invaluable resources – especially during the pandemic. Answers to technology issues and questions are just a phone call, text, or live chat away for enrolled students, faculty, and staff. Read more about the wide range of ITS resources and services available to support student, faculty, and staff success at UIS.


Student in Brookens LibraryBrookens Library helps students access and make sense of the world of information. Information literacy is an important life skill, and students who master this skill are more likely to succeed not only in college, but also in their professional lives. During the pandemic, the library continues to maintain a virtual presence that is open, inviting, and inspiring to in-person and online users.

Career Services

Students at an internshipThe UIS Career Development Center is a primary resource for helping students make connections and prepare for a successful future. The Career Center partners with students to develop tailored, realistic career strategies; inspires students to make informed decisions and to enhance employability skills; and teaches students to create meaningful opportunities to obtain real-world experience in order to prepare for the workforce transition.

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