University of Illinois Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees is the governing body at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Springfield and Chicago.
It is comprised of 12 members, 10 who have official votes. Nine are appointed by the Governor for terms of six years, and three student trustees (one from Urbana-Champaign, one from UIS and one from University of Illinois Chicago) are elected by referenda on their campuses for one-year terms.
For more information, visit Board of Trustees.
Dr. Janet L. Gooch is the chancellor of the University of Illinois Springfield.
The UIS Administration includes five divisions:
- Academic Affairs Division
- Advancement Division
- Chancellor’s Division
- Finance & Administrative Division
- Student Affairs Division
Academic Units, Research and Honors Opportunities
The College of Business and Management offers rigorous and relevant programs in accountancy, business administration, economics, finance, healthcare informatics, management, management information systems, marketing and sport management. The CMB fosters intellectual and personal growth, developing specific skill sets relevant to the global business community and emphasizes innovative programs, experiential and online learning, applied research and active engagement with external stakeholders.
The College of Health, Science and Technology readies students to improve the well-being of individuals, communities and the world while harnessing the latest innovative practices and technology. Newly formed in 2022, the college creates opportunities for collaboration between disciplines to provide well-rounded experiences for our students and research opportunities, resulting in minds ready to tackle the big issues faced by our local and global communities.
Liberal Arts and Sciences degrees can lead directly to a job. History majors may end up in museum work, English majors with a publisher, Communication majors at a newspaper, Computer Science majors with an IT firm, Biology majors with a pharmaceutical firm, Women and Gender Studies minors with a domestic violence shelter, Visual Arts majors in a graphic design department, and virtually any major in teaching.
The College of Public Affairs and Education serves UIS students through a tradition of excellence that emphasizes education's interdisciplinary, experiential, and professional natures. We serve the capital city, the state of Illinois, the nation, and the world by instilling in our students a commitment to life-long educational learning, civic engagement, and public service. The College leads the way in educating those driven to give back to society by offering educational opportunities for students from undergraduate degrees through doctoral, as well as numerous undergraduate and graduate certificates. The College offers programs in Child Advocacy, Communication, Education, Educational Leadership, Global Studies, Human Development Counseling, Human Services, Legal Studies, Political Science, Public Administration, Public Affairs Reporting, and Public Policy.
The GPSI program offers an opportunity to work in public service while earning both a monthly stipend and up to 22 hours in tuition waivers per year. Additionally, a Doctoral Fellowship in public service is now available. For over 45 years this program has provided top- flight graduate students with a high-quality graduate education, real world experience and lifelong networking connections.
The Center for State Policy and Leadership provides a national stage for scholars, students, policymakers and citizens to exchange ideas, engage in research and expand understanding of public policy issues.
We offer a variety of high-quality programs, including master’s degrees, certificates and one doctoral program, to help you achieve your goals. Assistantships and internships are available on a competitive basis to full-time graduate students.
Coordinators seek arts, research to showcase. This symposium is one of the many academic endeavors on campus highlighting students’ arts and research skills. An application process is involved for this annual event.
Librarians are available to help you find sources, navigate the research process and make the most of library resources and services. Services available to you include one-on-one research consultations, both online and in-person; Research Guides that offer you specific research help for each major; and library skills training to help you on your student success journey.
The collections at Brookens Library feature print and e-books, streaming films and DVDs, and more than 150 electronic databases containing articles from 60,000+ journals. You can access the databases on campus or off campus by using your NetID and password. The library offers a popular eBook and eAudiobook collection for your mobile devices, has a growing feature film collection, and also has the Library of Things Collection for checkout, which includes robotics, cameras, bakeware, board games and more.
Whether you prefer quiet, reflective study or collaborating with a group, Brookens has a variety of study spaces to suit your needs. Wi-Fi is available throughout the building, so bring your own laptop or tablet. Connect with Brookens Library in person or online, or by following the Library on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
The Capital Scholars Honors Program is the campus honors program and is open to a select, small number of highly qualified college students. The curriculum is made up of an integrated interdisciplinary core of lower and upper-level honors courses, in addition to other general education and major requirements. The program culminates in a senior-level, student developed, interdisciplinary paper and faculty-panel evaluated paper presentation.
Student Policies, Reports and Procedures
Campus Safety Policy For Students with Disabilities in Case Of A Fire Or An Emergency Evacuation – The Office of Disability Services (ODS) at the University of Illinois Springfield provides academic accommodations for students registered in the office, who have provided the appropriate documentation to justify the academic accommodations requested. We serve students who register with our office by providing them with resources on campus for their academic success. We are also interested in the safety of our students on campus.
Drug and Alcohol Policy Brief – A complete copy of UIS’ drug prevention policy and program may be obtained from either the vice chancellor for Student Affairs or the associate vice president for Human Resources.
Parental Notification Brief – The decision to give parental notification will be based on factors such as the student’s prior judicial history, the severity of the alleged incident and other relevant circumstances.
UIS Peer-to-Peer File Sharing (HEOA Compliance Plan) Brief – Plan for Combatting the Unauthorized Distribution of Copyrighted Material by Users of UIS Network.
UIS Annual Security and Fire Safety Report – This report includes crime statistics and residence hall fire statistics for the past three years, and it also includes institutional policies concerning campus security and other crime-prevention information. The report is intended to promote your own awareness of safety, to learn about campus resources regarding prevention of and responses to certain incidents and crimes and to make our safe campus an even safer place.
Student Conduct Code – The Code covers disciplinary action initiated or taken against a student. Disciplinary action may be initiated for proscribed conduct occurring on property owned or controlled by the Campus, or conduct in the course of participating in a Campus-sponsored program or project.
Student Grievance Code – The Code covers a grievance brought by a student against another member of the Campus community.
Student Emergency and Referral Procedures – The University of Illinois expects and encourages students to maintain reasonable care for their own well-being. Students who threaten or attempt suicide, engage in efforts to prepare to commit suicide, or express a preoccupation with suicide are required to attend four sessions of professional assessment at the UIS Counseling Center or with an external licensed mental health professional. Requests to meet the four-session requirement through an external licensed mental health professional must be approved by the Counseling Center.
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crimes Statistics Act Report – Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for 2017; Published in the year 2018 – This information is provided in compliance with federal law, known as the Clery Act, and the Illinois Campus Security Enhancement Act.
Nondiscrimination Statement – The University of Illinois will not engage in discrimination or harassment against any person because of the following protected categories: race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, order of protection status, genetic information, marital status, disability, sexual orientation including gender identity, unfavorable discharge from the military or status as a protected veteran and will comply with all federal, state and applicable local nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action laws, orders and regulations.
Students – Designate a“Primary Contact if Missing” – The Clery Act contains certain requirements related to students who have been determined to be missing more than 24 hours. One of these requirements included providing all students with an opportunity to name an emergency contact that is specifically related to and used when a student has been determined to be missing. All students are encouraged to register by logging into Log into Student Self-Service. apps.uillinois.edu/
Violence Prevention Plan – The University of Illinois at Springfield’s Campus Violence Prevention Plan is designed to comply with applicable federal and state regulations and to provide the policies and procedures to be followed in dealing with issues related to violence on campus.
The Department of Residence Life’s policies and procedures are updated annually and can be found within the Community Handbook.
The Division of Student Affairs provides programs and services to inspire students to take ownership of self and social responsibility, to become globally aware citizens and appreciate human diversity and enhance holistic development and the students’ overall well-being. UIS Student Affairs will be known for its commitment to excellence in the client focused approach to student services. Students First!
UIS CARES is dedicated to making sure every student at UIS has what they need to be successful.
Stars School Supply Stop:
The Stars School Supply Stop is the Student Union's initiative to help support UIS Student success by providing donated school supplies at no cost. If you would like to make a donation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Stars Food Pantry:
The Stars Food Pantry supports students by providing a variety of food and hygiene items at no cost. Orders for refrigerated items (dairy and produce) can be placed online. Students are then given a specific appointment time to pick up their order at the Food Pantry (SAB 38). The Micropantry (Student Union - West entrance) provides non-perishable items on a 24/7 basis. The pantry is operated solely by financial donations made by generous donors. To donate or learn more about the pantry visit uis.edu/volunteer/uiscares or contact email@example.com for more information.
Prepare - Connect - Succeed
The Career Development Center leads the campus community in teaching and preparing students for their careers by offering students interactive services, programming and resources. The Career Center supports students in exploring academic majors and career paths, connecting with employers and alumni, gaining relevant skills and experiences and participating in professional development opportunities. Online and On-campus students are encouraged to begin or continue working with the Career Center Team to develop a career action plan and map out steps to take during their time at UIS that will help them reach their career goals.
Free, confidential place to talk
The Counseling Center, in Room 64 of the Human Resources Building, provides counseling, outreach and psychological consultation to UIS students. Counseling services are free of charge to UIS students who have paid the Health and Counseling Fee.
Cox Children’s Center offers high quality early education and care
The mission of the Cox Children’s Center is “to provide a model of high quality early education and care in a safe, secure, nurturing environment for children of students, employees and families of the surrounding community.”
In addition, the Center environment includes practicum and educational experiences for academic and professional development of UIS students, as well as those from other higher education programs.
Serving all UIS students by providing them resources and services to achieve fulfilling college experiences and career development as they progress to graduation.
The Office of Disability Services (ODS) provides academic accommodations for students with approved documentation
Students are strongly encouraged to register with ODS prior to the beginning of each semester and meet with a Disability Specialist to determine the requested academic accommodations for each course as accommodations are not retroactive. We work closely with faculty to ensure that the student receives the academic accommodations requested. Students are responsible for keeping the ODS informed of any changes in the requested academic accommodations for a particular course.
Serving all students through multicultural, social, and educational activities
The Diversity Center offers educational and social activities and events that promote an inclusive, multicultural experience. In the unit, many entities are housed to deliver a well-rounded student experience. We coordinate an array of educational experiences that span from Women Center Affairs, Gender and Sexuality Student Services, the Necessary Steps Mentoring Program (for first-generation college students), People of Color efforts through our Men of Color Initiative and Women of Color Initiative, and the Hispanic/LatinX Initiative. Along with various support services within the center, we coordinate many cultural and Heritage months, including Black History Month, Hispanic/LatinX Heritage Month Queertober, and Women's History Month, to name a few. Additionally, we provide advocacy and support to the campus community by offering university-wide workshops that expose and combat macroaggressions and microaggressions. We work closely with other campus offices to build coalition, to ensure this happens, and more. Moreover, these coalition efforts allow us to recruit, support, and retain ethnic minority, first-generation, and other marginalized or underrepresented student populations. Lastly, but equally as important, our space serves as a student-centered lounge, library, and media lab where students can come to relax, study and meet new people.
In short, the Diversity Center is a cultural, educational, and social entity on campus to represent and advocate for the concerns and challenges of all students.
- Programs and Services include, but are not limited to:Women’s Center Entity
- Gender and Sexuality Student Services (GSSS)
- Necessary Steps Mentoring Program for first generation students
- Hispanic/Latinx Initiative, Men of Color Initiative, and Women of Color Initiative which serve to increase, encourage and support the inclusion and educational success of students of color.
- Heritage Month Programs and Awareness Weeks
- Cultural Diversity Events and Workshops
- National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI)
- Stereotype and Bias Reduction Workshops
- Soup and Conversations, Pan y Café, Teas, and other confidential peer support groups
Your college education is one of the best investments you can make. The Office of Financial Assistance team will help you explore a variety of ways to pay for your college education, including grants, scholarships, loans, veterans’ and military education benefits, and work study.
The office provides education, advocacy, supportive, safe space and mentoring for sexual and gender minorities (LGBTQIA+, Two-Spirit), as well as their cisgender and heterosexual allies. The office sponsors many activities throughout the year, including the annual Closet Door on the Quad in October; Day of Silence in the spring; small group discussions, such as Fluidity and Shades (for students of color that are LGBTQIA+); arts and entertainment events on campus; and educational workshops for cisgender and heterosexual allies, such as Safe Zone and the Inqueery student peer educators.
Health Services supports the mission of UIS by providing cost effective, comprehensive, accessible, professional health care. We provide preventive services and resources that support participation in health care, enabling individuals to recognize health as a comprehensive state over which they have control. Health Services provides quality care that is accessible and confidential. We provide treatment for acute injuries and illnesses; allergy, seasonal flu shots and other immunizations; women’s health exams; birth control; sexual health testing and counseling; physician consultation and routine physicals.Health Services Online Patient Portal Access: go.uis.edu/patientportal
Student Immunization Requirements/Records. Failure to provide proof of immunizations by the deadline results in the assessment of an immunization non-compliance fee, as well as a hold restricting course registration for future semesters. Please review our policies uis.edu/healthservices and submission requirements apply.uis.edu/apply/status, go.uis.edu/patientportal online, contact our office by phone or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We can provide appointments both in the office and using the online telehealth site, Doxyme.com.Doxyme.com delivers a comfortable, secure and private option for online care. To make either type of appointment, please call our office to discuss your options.Contact: Business Services Building, Room 20 Phone: 217-206-6676 • Fax: 217-206-7779 uis.edu/healthservices/go.uis.edu/patientportal apply.uis.edu/apply/status
The Office of International Student Services (ISS) serves the UIS community by assisting international students, faculty and staff in understanding and complying with US immigration laws and regulations. We support the immigration, academic, and cultural experience of all UIS international students.
Office of New Student Orientation & Parent Relations assists in transitions for success and retention. The Office of New Student Orientation & Parent Relations (NSOPR) assists new students with their transition to the university’s academic, social and cultural community through purposeful programs, services and resources that provide them a solid foundation for student success and retention. NSOPR also serves families of new and current students with programs and resources that help them understand and provide support for their students’ initial transition to college through to graduation. All new first-year students are required to participate in a three part mandatory orientation programs: Summer (June)/January (Spring admits) Orientation, a one-day program; and, Fall/January First-Year Welcome a three-day program that occurs just prior to the first day of classes. While transfer and graduate students are not required to attend an orientation, students that have participated in one of our programs indicate they felt more prepared to start the semester and more knowledgeable about resources and programs available to them. Please visit our website at go.uis.edu/orientation for information on your program options. Contact the Office of NSOPR with any questions or concerns.
The focal point of campus and student life, the Student Union at UIS is the heart of the university campus. The Student Union is the focal point of campus and student life and is the heart of the university campus, a place where students, along with faculty and staff, can spend time with friends, collaborate on academic and leadership activities and create an inclusive and welcoming campus community. The building includes
- A Student Leadership Center, with spaces for student government, Student Life and the Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center
- Multiple lounge spaces, large and small, for use by anyone on campus
- Diverse dining options and a Starbucks
- A ballroom/multipurpose room
- Office and building function spaces
- Stars School Supply Stop
UIS Connection is an easy-to-use online resource UIS Connection is designed to help students find information about events and organizations on campus, keep track of their individual involvement and mark their progress toward the completion of co- curricular milestones. UIS Connection also helps student organizations and campus departments manage memberships, create and market events and track participation in co-curricular events. UIS Connection is available to anyone (students, faculty and staff) with a UIS NetID and can be accessed at uisconnection.uis.edu.
UIS student insurance is affordable and high quality, accepted at both major hospitals in Springfield and their satellite locations
The Insurance Waiver period for each academic period will open no later than the first week of school. Please allow the Office of Student Insurance processing time to get your information to Academic Health Plans. Your student account must reflect the UIS Student Insurance Assessment before you will be able to login to Academic Health Plans to complete a waiver. If you cannot successfully login on first attempt, please reattempt in 5 days. You will have until the posted to get your waiver submitted and approved.
The UIS Student Insurance Plan is an affordable, high-quality insurance program, designed to meet the needs of our students. Any student taking any on-campus or blended classes is automatically enrolled in student insurance and assessed a fee each semester, with optional coverage for dependents. If you already have insurance through another provider, you must complete a waiver once per academic year. Students enrolled in only online courses are not eligible for student insurance. The only exception is during the summer term when students who were assessed the student insurance plan during the previous spring semester are allowed to “continue” their coverage, even if enrolled only online for summer, or if not taking any courses for summer. To continue their coverage, these students must use a separate form and make payment to the University cashier, as the insurance cannot be automatically assessed to their student account. The office of Student Insurance maintains this coverage continuation form and posts it only during appropriate times.
"Protecting, serving and providing a safe and secure environment where academic endeavors may thrive. The University of Illinois Springfield Police Department is committed to protecting, serving and providing a safe and secure environment in partnership with the campus community. The UIS Police Department is a 24-hour operation. Our police officers have police authority in any county where university property is located. The department has a crime prevention officer and certified instructors for the Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) program. The UIS Police recognize that safety is a community effort, and encourage individuals to take responsibility for their own safety and the safety of those around them. If you see something, say something."
- Report a Crime
- Campus Safety
- Active Threat Information
- Crime Prevention
- Emergency Telephone Map
- Emergency Response Plan
- Safety Tips
- Rape Aggression Defense – RAD
UIS encourages all students to sign up for the electronic emergency alert system so that they will receive messages and instructions by text and/or email in the event of a campus emergency. Click here to sign up for the Emergency Notification System.
Police Emergency: 217-206-7777
Police Non-Emergency: 217-206-6690
Welcoming and assisting veterans, military personnel and their dependents.
Veterans, active military personnel, reservists and military dependents are a vital part of our student community and we are here to assist you in successfully completing your educational goals. Whether you are continuing your education while you serve our country, are a veteran who has completed your service, or are eligible for benefits through a family member, our mission is to connect you with the resources you will need to be successful. If you are planning to use educational benefits at UIS, please visit our benefits web page to get started.
The Women’s Center exists to provide programming and support for women-identified students and their allies on campus
The Women’s Center exists to provide programming and support for students across a wide range of issues that relate to gender, equity and justice. Our comprehensive, intersectional and welcoming approach to the community allows for individuals of any background and women-identified students and their allies to feel protected and adequately represented. Our programming and services cover a variety of topics, needs and special interests that allow for community and engagement to manifest. These programs and services cover, but are not limited to, violence against women, women’s empowerment, women’s health and other identities that are plagued by systematic oppression. Overall, the approach of the UIS Women’s Center is intended to be intersectional, recognizing that not all of those who may identify as women experience life the same way. Some of the Women’s Center events include: Women’s History Month, R.A.D. Self Defense Training, Take Back the Night, Wage Negotiation Training and a variety of other speakers and workshops.
From the Office of Access and Equity
The UIS Office of Access & Equity helps foster a welcoming campus climate in support of students’ success. Access and Equity addresses complaints of identity-based discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct and advises the campus on equity issues.
Access and Equity is a resource for all students, including students of color, international students, nontraditional students, students from rural backgrounds, students with religious interests and students of all gender identities and sexualities. The Office provides educational awareness and prevention programming and workshops and collaborates with other units on inclusion and diversity.
Shelby Bedford, Assistant Director for Access and Equity, serves as a resource for students wishing to know more about their human and civil rights. Students with concerns related to harassment, discrimination, sexual misconduct, or general access and equity issues are encouraged to reach out to Shelby at email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 217-206-6222. Shelby will work with you to understand your rights and options, initiate supportive measures, and/or address your concerns. Shelby serves as UIS’s ADA Coordinator and Title IX Coordinator.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a U.S. civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. The ADA ensures that all individuals are able to receive reasonable accommodation for documented disabilities. Students wishing to access accommodations should contact the Office of Disability Services. Any student who feels that they have been unfairly treated based on their disability is encouraged to reach out to the ADA Coordinator in order to discuss their rights and options.
Title IX is a U.S. law that protects students from harassment or discrimination based on their gender or gender identity, including sexual misconduct. Title IX also provides rights and resources for victims of sexual assault and other sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, dating and domestic violence, stalking and rape. Students who are experiencing any form of sexual misconduct or other forms of harassment or discrimination based on their gender or gender identity have the right to report the incident(s) to the Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator can work with students to understand their rights and options, including the right to access supportive measures and the right to file a formal complaint. The Office of Access and Equity can support students who have experienced any form of sexual harassment, discrimination, or sexual misconduct, regardless of where the incident occurred.
The Office of Access and Equity also coordinates compliance with the Illinois Human Rights Act. The Illinois Human Rights Act protects individuals from harassment and discrimination based on their identity, including: age (40+), citizenship status, disability, gender identity, national origin, race, sex, unfavorable military discharge, ancestry, color, marital status, orders of protection, religion, pregnancy, and sexual orientation.
UIS has policies that outline student rights and options related to civil and human rights. Students are encouraged to reach out to the Office of Access and Equity with any questions or concerns related to these policies (217-206-6222, email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org). Along with important links to more information, these policies and a brief description of their purpose can be found below.
Human Rights Policy – As an institution dedicated to the improvement of the human condition collectively and individually through higher education, the University of Illinois at Springfield is fully committed to human rights in all of their various forms. This policy of human rights is adopted in pursuit of the realization of this commitment.
Sexual Misconduct Policy – The University of Illinois at Springfield will not tolerate sexual harassment and is committed to providing and preserving an atmosphere free from harassment in any form. All employees and students have the right to work and study in an environment free from sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is a violation of professional ethics and impedes the primary function of a university.
University of Illinois Ethics and Compliance Office
The University Ethics Office is the designated liaison to receive and, as necessary, coordinate and/or refer the investigation of allegations of fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement, misconduct, or other violations of the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act. In addition, it is responsible for the development and administration of mandatory ethics training for student employees, graduate assistants and other university employees.
Variety of Academic Support, Tech and Book Services
Students should read and become fully aware of the Academic Integrity Policy. Students should visit the Academic Integrity website to learn more about academic integrity, see plagiarism and violation examples, and get tips on how to maintain academic integrity which ensures honest and genuine college work.
One-Stop Academic Support Shop for Students
Offering placement testing for both math and English, select licensure exams and providing remote testing for online coursework at instructor request.
The Learning Hub offers academic support through tutoring (in person and online), workshops, supplemental instruction, and online resources in a wide variety of academic subjects.
CASA advisors provide all first-year advising for students and also provide advising in various other majors at the upper-division level. If you are a transfer student seeking advising, CASA advisors can provide services or refer you to the appropriate departmental advisor.
Discover how engaged learning experiences help students grow personally and prepare professionally. Get engaged in opportunities where students apply knowledge and skills, experiment in various types of environments, interact with diverse individuals and reflect upon those experiences. Engaged learning academic courses are paired with work-integrated and community-based global learning experiences offered by Internships and Prior Learning and Study Away Programs, with the intent to prepare students for professional, public service and culturally diverse endeavors.
Live, learn and thrive by discovering exciting and culturally diverse national and international study away experiences, where students engage in global learning activities.
Students discover new interests, learn about various topics and cultures and develop personal attributes and skills employers seek. Experiences vary in length, location, subject matter and program structure. Don’t let costs deter you, since they are comparable to studying at UIS and financing is available from scholarships, financial aid and loans.
Move beyond the traditional learning space to engage in career-education experiences. Students explore applied, professional and career-driven opportunities, such as internships, professional projects and research projects. These work-integrated learning experiences are designed to expand knowledge, develop skills and enable students to acquire relevant work experience. Service experiences combine learning and community action goals with enriching reflection opportunities to study social and civic responsibility, develop multicultural understanding and discover career paths, while contributing to the common good. Students can earn credit through prior learning assessment if they demonstrate substantive learning gained from extensive work and training experiences.
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ITS (Information Technology Services) Client Services is the primary point of contact to students, faculty and staff for all technology- related questions, concerns and issues. Our team is made up of student workers as well as professionals, allowing us to offer a wide array of services and resources.
Significant discounts on software applications available. Students, faculty and staff on all three U of I campuses – Urbana- Champaign, Chicago and Springfield – are eligible to receive significant discounts on more than 350 software applications and software training courses offered by the U of I WebStore. To see exactly what you’re eligible for, please choose a Purchase Type (Personal or Unit) and log in.
The UIS Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is a NCAA Division II program, which provides student-athletes with the opportunity to participate in 17 varsity sports.
Vision – The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at UIS is committed to be the premier, public NCAA Division II program in the Midwest Region.
Mission – To shape our student-athletes into productive, service- minded leaders; and to center the athletic experience on academic achievement, pursuits of championships and community outreach.
Men’s Sports – Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Tennis and Track & Field.
Women’s Sports – Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track & Field and Volleyball.
UIS Dining Services offers a wide variety of menu options, affordable meal plans and catering.
The Food Studio and Starbucks are located in the Student Union and are open to the public. Students may use their i-cards as well as cash and credit cards at both locations.
Residence Life provides safe, inclusive community environments to support personal and academic growth for on campus housing residents
Living in the campus community will be one of the most rewarding experiences of your college life. The University of Illinois Springfield prides itself on many things. Perhaps most important is our developing sense of a UIS community that is growing on campus each and every day. Every year, students choose from among four distinct living options – two residence halls, townhouses and apartments. Residence Life strives to foster personal and academic growth among residents, while providing progressive, collaborative and educational experiences. Our goal is to provide a safe, secure, diverse and inclusive living-learning environment for all UIS students.
Living-Learning and Themed Housing Communities
DRL is dedicated to providing and fostering opportunities for students in residence halls, apartments and townhouses to live in established living-learning communities or other thematic residency options as a means of establishing connections to other students, which enhance their overall living environment. Research shows these affiliations and connections afford greater pathways to retention and eventual graduation. Residents in living-learning or thematic-based communities participate in a number of common academic programs, special activities and organized events. Specific communities are established according to student interests and departmental needs. Check the appropriate box on the housing application/contract if you are interested in participation and residency in a particular living-learning or thematic housing community currently offered. Current examples include:
Capital Scholars Honors Program (CAP Honors) is a selective undergraduate academic program designed for the first and second year of the four-year experience. CAP Honors prefers that all honors students live together with other honors students for their first two years and DRL strives to fulfill that commitment when feasible. This unique living-learning community provides academic support and advising, collaborative course work, community building events, service learning opportunities, a faculty-in-residence series, mentoring programs, as well as tutoring and academic studios. In addition, some offices for CAP Honors academic staff and faculty are located in Lincoln Residence Hall. With possible exception of L4L, participation in CAP Honors cannot be combined with participation in other Living-Learning Communities.
Leadership for Life Service Program (L4L) is a living-learning community focused on service and leadership. The purpose of this program is to provide a positive environment through which students can take the first steps toward a lifelong commitment to community involvement and engagement. First-year students admitted to L4L live together, take a class together and commit to doing service together. After the first year, L4L members continue in the program and have opportunities to take leadership roles in creating and leading service projects. Both CAP Honors and academically oriented traditional students may share the L4L lifestyle on this wing.
Necessary Steps Mentoring Program (NSMP) is a program for First Year/First Generation college students whose parents/guardians have not graduated from a four-year college or institution. NSMP is designed to assist in the transition from high school to college, as well as transforming our students into scholars. The program provides a supportive community that will help students learn and grow. In addition, students will receive opportunities for connection and guidance from an upper-class Student Mentor, in collaboration with a Peer Advisor, who will assist with program class scheduling and requirements. The program offers academic counsel, social events on and off campus, group discussions and activities that explore personal interests, educational goals and successes throughout the year. Participation in NSMP cannot be combined with participation in other Living-Learning Communities.
Pre-Nursing Pathways is a program specifically developed for freshmen and some sophomore students entering the joint UIC/UIS academic partnership, who are interested in a nursing career. The Pre-Nursing Pathways living-learning community is designed to offer students interested in pursuing a Nursing degree the opportunity to live together in an academically-supportive community learning wing with other incoming freshmen students interested in nursing. This LLC offers a residential space focused on academic achievement, career-centered programming and intensive advising intended to help students successfully complete the pre-requisite courses required to apply for the Nursing Program currently offered through the University of Illinois Chicago, Springfield Regional Campus.
Students participating in the Pre-Nursing Pathways LLC will have enhanced access to individualized academic advising in the residence hall, a wide variety of career-centered programming offered by the Nursing department staff and supplemental instruction and tutoring focused on pre- requisite coursework.
Students Transitioning for Academic Retention and Success (STARS) is a living-learning community wing in LRH specifically developed to provide increased academic support for entering students seeking to achieve specific academic goals and ongoing academic success throughout college. Students live together, enjoy taking two courses together during the first year and experience both a freshmen Summer Scholars Academy prior to the start of classes and a sophomore Summer Scholars Academy during the week following the first year. Each of these components is designed to help students build a strong community, become engaged in campus activities and achieve academic success. Select students are invited to participate in STARS upon committing to UIS.
Second Year Residential Initiative (SYRI) is a themed community incorporating ALL second-year/sophomore students living on- campus, wherever they may be assigned. Residents living in SYRI will have the opportunity to explore the majors, resources and student leadership positions UIS provides. SYRI will offer events for residents to mingle with faculty outside the classroom, learn and hone study skills, engage with study abroad programs, prep for internships and other career opportunities and ensure a successful second year at UIS. Select sophomore students may be invited to participate in SYRI as a townhouse resident, based on established academic success criteria and evidence of positive community engagement during freshman year, in order to accommodate the size of the incoming freshmen class cohort as needed.
Gender Inclusive Housing (GIH) is a themed housing community designed to provide a welcoming space for students to choose their roommates, regardless of gender. Its mission is to promote a healthy and safe living and learning environment, which allows students to live in an environment where they can express their gender or sexual orientation in a way that is true to themselves. GIH is offered in all residential areas, including the residence halls. Students must submit additional documentation, including a short essay and GIH agreement, when submitting their application/contract. More information regarding GIH can be located on our website under the Housing Options page!
Residency Requirement Policy: all single freshmen and sophomore students under age 21, not residing with parent(s) or legal guardian(s) within a 40-mile radius of the Springfield campus and having earned fewer than 60 UIS recognized credit hours in two full years after completing high school are required to live on-campus, unless otherwise exempted per policy. In addition, all newly entering campus participants with IEP or ESL status are also required to live on-campus for one academic year, unless otherwise exempted per policy.
One program, many activities: Outdoor Adventures, intramurals, fitness, wellness and more
Fitness training, wellness, intramurals and outdoors programs are among the activities offered by Campus Recreation, housed in The Recreation and Athletics Center.
Enhancing campus life through student organizations, activities, leadership development and UIS traditions
Student Life offers many opportunities to students to get involved with campus clubs and organizations, help plan campus events, run for the Student Government Association (SGA) and more.
Sororities and fraternities part of Student Life at UIS
University Greeks help promote academic excellence, social justice and service, sisterhood/brotherhood and social standards. As members of Fraternities and Sororities at the University of Illinois Springfield, we are committed to ensuring our success as students and invested partners in our organizations through celebrating friendship, leadership, scholarship, service and social advancement while appreciating the diversity of our member organizations.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity, Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Gamma Phi Omega Sorority, Tri Sigma Sorority and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority
SGA serves campus, provides leadership and other opportunities to members
The Student Government Association is comprised of student officers and senators elected by the UIS student body. They hold regular meetings patterned after professional government meetings of elected officials.
The office motto is “Learning and Leading by Serving”
The Volunteer Center offers an array of service opportunities both on and off-campus to students, faculty, staff, and the campus community. From street clean-ups to skateboard builds for foster kids, the office has something for everyone - no matter what your skills, interests, or schedule may be.
The Center works with sites such as the Central Illinois Foodbank, Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House and District 186 schools. Stop by after class to make valentines for nursing home residents or hop into the VCEC van to assist at the local Feline ranch. Opportunities to get involved are abundant, with service projects offered on a weekly basis (sometimes more!).
Days of service include Tie a Yellow Ribbon in honor of Veterans Day, Trick of Treating for Canned Goods, MLK Day of Service and more. Students may sign up as little or as often as they are able, and the process to get involved is very simple. We encourage all students looking to make connections and make an impact to contact us for assistance in finding a fitting volunteer placement. We'll work with your time, talents and passion to help connect you to the great opportunities available in the Springfield community.
Visual & Performing Arts and Media
Students of many majors participate
The UIS Music program welcomes students from all majors and colleges within the University to take classes in ethnomusicology, music history, music theory, music technology and music performance. Performance ensembles include Band, Chorus, Jazz Ensemble and Orchestra and welcome participation for optional course credit. A number of generous music scholarships are available including the $10,000 Camerata Scholarship.
Students train and develop as theatre artists in the classroom and in the theatre.
Numerous theatre classes are available for Theatre Majors, Theatre Minors and for students majoring or minoring in another discipline at UIS. For more information about the current UIS THEATRE season, upcoming crew interviews & auditions, the Theatre Major, the Theatre Minor, Scholarships, etc., please visit uis.edu/theatre.
Art Gallery showcasing work of professional and student artists.
The Visual Arts Program extends learning beyond the classroom by sponsoring exhibitions in the UIS Visual Arts Gallery located on the second floor of the Health and Sciences Building. Students may attend receptions and workshops for free and gain experience in viewing works by a variety of professional artists. Visual Arts majors present their senior exhibitions in the gallery.
The Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series presents events that promote and adhere to the value of engaged citizenship, cultural awareness and respect for diversity. Speaker Series events, which are free and open to the public, feature speakers and activities that exemplify engagement in civic life, enrich our understanding of and promote respect for the diversity of our communities, whether local or global, and inspire everyone to take on their social responsibility. Learn more about the series and see a current list of events at https://www.uis.edu.
The University of Illinois Springfield Performing Arts Center is located inside the Public Affairs Center (PAC) building and is comprised of two performance venues. The 2,000-seat Sangamon Auditorium is located on level 2, while the smaller and more intimate UIS Studio Theatre is located on level 1. Tickets for events are available at the Ticket Office located on level 2. Discounts for UIS students are available for some events. Please inquire at the Ticket Office as these discounts may not be publicly advertised or available online. The Ticket Office number is 217-206-6160. Click here for the event schedule or visit UISpac.com.
Public media from the University of Illinois Springfield
This local NPR member station affiliate brings international news coverage through the BBC and national/international coverage from NPR, both leaders in credibility.
The professional staff deliver in-depth multimedia news reports, expert analysis on statewide issues, plus informative engagement events — all upholding the philosophy and integrity of public journalism. The staff mentors student staff in developing their media careers. Graduate and undergraduate students interested in working at NPR Illinois should email email@example.com.
NPR Illinois programs and storytelling reflect the quality of life across Illinois in context with the nation and the world, and explore how residents may improve it.
The Journal offers variety of opportunities for students
The Journal, the award-winning student newspaper at UIS, is located in Suite 52 of the Human Resources Building.
We offer student employment opportunities in reporting, editing, photography, layout and design and distribution, among other areas. In addition, the student newspaper welcomes student calls or e- mails regarding letters-to-the-editor and guest articles.
Taking Care of Business
See the following programs and offices for class registration and records, student accounts, emergency alert systems, financial aid and health insurance, among other services.
I-card is the official UIS identification card
The i-card serves as an ID card, wallet and coupon all in one. It provides access to your meal plan, allows you to purchase items from vending machines and the bookstore on campus, is your library card and recreation facilities pass and is swiped to take attendance in many classes. Because students will need their i-cards for many campus services and community conveniences, and are required to present them upon request, they are encouraged to carry their i-cards with them at all times.
The Office of Records and Registration (also known as the Office of the Registrar) consists of a number of areas responsible for a variety of duties. These units include: Registration (including course registration, catalog/schedule maintenance, and tuition/fee assessment), Records (including the issuance of official UIS transcripts, enrollment/degree verifications, and grade changes), Graduation (including the awarding of all degrees and associated diplomas), and Degree Audits (including the articulation of incoming courses and the evaluation of all degrees in progress).
University Bursar manages student account transactions
University Bursar is responsible for managing student account transactions and collecting payments for the university. Students should contact our office if they have questions about their university account balance, charges and/or credits on their student account, payment due date, or need information about making payments to the university. Please visit the Pay My Bill website for information about the university payment policy or the optional UI-Pay Payment Plan.