Since 1965, the Center for Latin
American & Caribbean Studies has been designated as a
National Resource Center for Latin American Studies. The Latin
American Library maintains the fourth largest collection of Latin
American and Caribbean materials in the country and the largest in
the Midwest (approximately 390,000 volumes).
The Asian American Studies Program is the largest of its kind in the Midwest.
Programs for Persons with
Disabilities, Division of Rehabilitation-Education Services, was
first in the nation to provide students with disabilities access to
all University services, curricula, and facilities; develop
architectural accessibility standards; and institute a
wheelchair-accessible bus system. In addition to comprehensive
competitive sports programs, we trained an Olympic gold-medalist
wheelchair racer and 8-time Boston Marathon Wheelchair Division
New Mobility Magazine ranks Illinois’ Rehabilitation Education Services first in the nation.
The Urbana campus has seen extraordinary gains in the representation of women at the associate professor (up 68%) and full professor ranks (up 138%) since 1981, despite the overall decline in the size of the faculty. At the assistant professor level, the numbers of women have remained stable over the same period, while male assistant professors have declined 31%.
To explore the many opportunities for financial assistance offered through the University, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid.
Illinois was one of the first universities to establish a Women and Gender in Global Perspectives program, which offers multidisciplinary concentrations at the master’s and doctorate level.
The Office of Minority Student Affairs sponsors the largest learning center with the most diverse work environment on campus. More than 1,200 students and tutors worked together during 2000-01 in regular weekly tutoring appointments, drop-in assistance, exam review sessions for mid-terms and finals, study skills workshops, and regular study groups.
The Japan House, which includes a tea, stroll, and Zen-style rock gardens, was dedicated in 1998 to provide an authentic physical setting in which to teach Japanese culture.
The Spurlock Museum holds approximately 45,000 ethnographic artifacts from diverse cultures and varied historical periods.
The Urbana campus is third in the Big 10 Conference in percent of students of color who are enrolled. Students typically come from 50 states and 100 nations.
The campus has the tenth highest international student enrollment in the nation, and has the eleventh highest number of international scholars present on any campus in the United States.
Illinois has the sixth largest study-abroad program at a major research institution and coordinates exchanges with more than 100 universities abroad.