Six Reasons To Choose UIS

Welcome! While we have a lot of reasons as to why you should choose UIS, listed below are just our top reasons. And as long as you are exploring, visit Campus Life, Admissions, Athletics, and our Leadership Lived page, where you can meet other students who are shaping their own UIS lives. We would love to meet you! Check out our Preview Day schedule for this year.

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1. A University of Illinois degree👌

We are proud to be one of three universities in the world class University of Illinois System. Your degree will be among the most recognizable and prestigious in the nation and will open doors for you in whichever field you choose.


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2. Small Classes and Professors Who Know You 📚

We are the U of I campus where classes are small (student-professor ratio averages 15:1) and professors know their students – not just their names but their strengths and their goals. You’ll enjoy the close relationships that naturally occur with these teacher-scholars. Professors, not teaching assistants, teach our classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.



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3. Government Connections 🤝

You can’t swing the proverbial cat at the Illinois Statehouse without hitting a UIS graduate. The same goes for Illinois’ state agencies, lobbying firms, and dozens of non-profit organizations. Coincidence? Hardly. Strong programs in Political Science, Public Policy, Legal Studies, Public Administration, Criminal Justice, Global Studies, Environmental Studies, Public Health, Public Affairs Reporting, and more, along with extraordinary connections to government create the perfect storm to produce generation after generation of leaders dedicated to public service.


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4. Research Opportunities 🔍

Both undergraduates and graduate students are not only invited but encouraged to share labs and projects with professors, and to publish and present alongside them. UIS is home to research institutes such as the Center for State Policy and Leadership and owns research facilities such as the Emiquon Field Station, where students work alongside scientists from the Nature Conservancy, documenting one of the largest wetlands restorations in the world.


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5. Nationally recognized Online Learning 💻

Be a full-time online student, blend your classes (some online, some on campus), or take them all on campus- the choice is yours at UIS. The difference between UIS and other online programs? The same professors who teach in the classrooms teach in our 27 entirely online degree programs and the dozens of online classes offered each semester. No matter if you’re all online or all on campus, you get the same University of Illinois degree.

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6. Living on Campus 🛏

A safe, beautiful campus and the most luxurious residence halls in Illinois. Visit us and you’ll see we can back that up. Our townhouses are also highly sought after – offering private bedrooms, cathedral ceilings, high speed internet, and private parking lots. Comfortable apartments and family housing round out the residential offerings.