Student Union Benefits

Students near the fireplace
Students near the Student Union Fireplace in the Osborne Lounge

Benefits of the New Student Union

Why, almost without exception, do other universities have a Student Union?

It’s because a Student Union contributes to student success in so many crucial ways. At the UIS Student Union, students and the wider community have a place to:

Develop Leadership

“Leadership lived” is the promise the University of Illinois Springfield offers to students.  Acquiring knowledge of leadership begins in the classroom, but acquiring the skills of leadership also occurs in social spaces outside the classroom, as students put their knowledge into practice. The Student Union provides a place for practicing these skills, especially at the Student Leadership Center located within the Union.

Gain A Sense of Belonging

To increase student success, we must improve retention. The Student Union helps. Located at the center of campus and with so many vital functions within its walls, the Student Union is a natural gathering place for students. Here they can gain a greater sense of belonging and community. This sense of attachment to the campus occurs not just for residential students, but for commuters and part-time students as well.

Develop A Wide Perspective

Universities are more than a collection of buildings.  They also serve as incubators of intellectual understanding, interpersonal growth, and citizenship. Because it provides such an excellent environment for discussion and engagement, the Student Union serves as the catalyst for this important growth, so vital to a successful higher education experience.

Find Provisions on Campus

The UIS Student Union offers convenient shopping,  a coffee shop,  appealing food options, and spaces where students can play games and watch sports, movies, and attend live entertainment and other events together.

Gather before and after campus events

The Student Union is an attractive and welcoming destination, an ideal stop for friends and colleagues before and after performances at Sangamon Auditorium, exhibits at the Art Gallery, athletics events, or community lectures.

Attend Large Events

The new Student Union has a large ballroom/multipurpose room that is ideal for campus and community events, capable of being subdivided for smaller events as needed. The Student Union also includes meeting rooms, conference rooms, and a preevent area. With such beautiful spaces, the building is in almost constant use.

Share Learning and Work Together

Venues in the Student Union accommodate many social, service and learning events specifically for students:  exhibits, career fairs, technology exhibitions, service opportunities, and recruiting events. Many are academic events, such as the annual science and arts symposium at which students, undergraduate and graduate, share research, artwork, theater performances, and more.

See the Campus at its Best

Most of all, the Student Union shows life on campus at its best, and has become so important that when students, campus personnel, and community members think of UIS, the image that comes to mind will be of the Student Union.