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  • U of I System seeks state funding increase

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a request for increased state funding next year to continue building on educational and affordability initiatives that have helped push enrollment across the three-university system to all-time highs.

  • U of I System seeks increase in state funding

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a request for increased state funding for the next fiscal year to continue building on educational and affordability initiatives that help drive the state’s economy and have pushed enrollment across the three-university system to an all-time high of over 89,000.

  • U of I System seeking to increase opportunity for minority vendors

    The University of Illinois System would raise goals for spending with businesses owned by minorities, women and people with disabilities under a proposal reviewed Monday by the Board of Trustees’ Audit, Budget, Finance and Facilities Committee.

    The proposal, which will be considered by trustees at their Jan. 19 meeting in Chicago, reflects a System-wide commitment to diversity that extends from enrollment and hiring to contracts for construction, supplies and other goods and services, President Tim Killeen said.

  • U of I president Killeen

    U of I System: Rising to the Challenge

    Tim Killeen, president of the University of Illinois System, extends appreciation to students, faculty, staff and friends, and expresses pride and awe in how the entire system is rising to the challenge during this pandemic.

  • U of I System reports record on-campus enrollment

    The University of Illinois System enrolled a record 77,073 on-campus students at its three universities this fall, and total enrollment is expected to top a record 81,000 students when all online and off-campus students are counted later this year, according to enrollment statistics released Thursday.

    President Tim Killeen outlined the System’s second straight year of record enrollment during the first of a series of reports to the Board of Trustees on progress toward goals in a new Strategic Framework approved earlier this year that sets the U of I System’s vision for the future.

    Killeen said total on-campus enrollment increased 1.2 percent from last fall’s record 76,166 students System-wide, based on enrollment as of last Friday, the 10th day of classes. The 10-day figures are the traditional benchmark for enrollment data among U.S. colleges and universities.

  • U of I System releases set of guiding principles

    The University of Illinois System released a set of guiding principles today that lay out its position on three pressing academic and campus culture issues currently facing higher education across the country, President Tim Killeen announced.

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    U of I System releases second set of Guiding Principles

    The University of Illinois System released a second set of Guiding Principles Friday, clearly spelling out its position on more of the core values that defined its past and will shape its future.

  • U of I System recommends extending in-state tuition freeze

    The University of Illinois System has proposed extending a tuition freeze for in-state freshmen to a fourth straight year next fall, matching its longest consecutive rate freeze in more than four decades, President Tim Killeen announced today.

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    U of I System recommends extending in-state tuition freeze

    The University of Illinois System has proposed extending a tuition freeze for in-state freshmen to a fifth straight year next fall, its longest run of back-to-back freezes in more than a half-century, President Tim Killeen announced today.

  • SHIELD covid testing in the lab

    U of I System receives FDA authorization for covidSHIELD test process

    The University of Illinois System received emergency use authorization (EUA) today from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for covidSHIELD, its innovative saliva-based COVID-19 test that was used on the U of I campuses to hold the virus in check by utilizing widespread testing with rapid results. 

  • U of I System proposes new financial aid commitment

    University of Illinois President Tim Killeen announced a proposal Wednesday that would provide a minimum of $170 million in annual financial aid over five years to keep talented Illinois high school graduates in the state for college and stem a growing outflow of students to out-of-state schools.The Invest in Illinoisans, or Triple I program, will be introduced Thursday as an amendment to the proposed U of I Investment, Performance, and Accountability Commitment (IPAC), a measure pending in the legislature that would provide predictable funding for university operations over the next five years in exchange for tangible performance goals that serve the needs of the state.

  • U of I System logo with "Leadership State Tour 2021" and map in background

    U of I System President Killeen begins statewide tour

    University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen on Monday will begin a multiday tour of Illinois to meet with lawmakers, business and higher education leaders, alumni and others to learn more about the ways the system can contribute to economic growth and societal wellbeing, discuss the system’s commitment to the public, and strengthen connections and foster collaboration across the state.

  • Urbana quad, UIC quad, Springfield Lincoln statue

    U of I System plans broader in-person instruction next fall

    The University of Illinois System is planning to expand in-person instruction next fall across universities that are already a model for both safety and hybrid learning through a homegrown COVID-19 testing protocol that held campus positivity rates in check this year.

  • President Tim Killeen headshot

    U of I System message on Endless Frontier Act

    University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen issued a statement today on final approval of the Endless Frontier Act by the U.S. Senate. Killeen previously served as the National Science Foundation’s assistant director for geosciences. The U of I System is a leading recipient of grant funding from the foundation.

  • Trees at Allerton Park

    U of I System makes lead investment in new BlackRock strategy

    The University of Illinois System has invested nearly $160 million of the system endowment into its commitment to sustainability, becoming the first investor in a new environmentally and socially focused strategy launched by BlackRock Inc., a global asset manager and leader in sustainable investing.

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    U of I System launches staff 'Know Your U' program

    We are delighted to announce a unique new educational program that is being launched this fall for our nearly 20,000 academic professional and civil service employees.

  • Mexican flag & I-MMAS logo

    U of I System launches initiative to increase Mexican enrollment, partnerships

    University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen launched an initiative Wednesday to expand connections with Mexico, seeking to increase enrollment of Mexican students as well as academic and research partnerships with universities, government agencies and private industry in Mexico.

  • U of I System launches initiative to add world-class faculty

    The University of Illinois System has launched a new initiative that will provide $60 million over three years to help recruit “superstar” faculty and expand leading-edge scholarship across its three universities, President Tim Killeen told the Board of Trustees on Thursday.

  • U of I System launches campaigns with ambitious $3.1 billion goal

    The University of Illinois System has officially launched its largest—and most ambitious—comprehensive fundraising initiative that aims to raise $3.1 billion over the next five years to support students, faculty, academic, and research programs and facilities. 

  • U of I System launches 'Altogether Extraordinary' marketing campaign

    The University of Illinois System is launching an unprecedented statewide marketing campaign to increase public awareness and support of the three-university system’s far-reaching impact and collective value.

  • compilation of students walking on three university campuses

    U of I System joins initiative to address inequities in access and success

    The University of Illinois System is part of The Power of Systems initiative with other leading university systems across the U.S. to address inequities in higher education access and success. The initiative is being led by the National Association of System Heades (NASH).

  • Street Smarts artwork

    U of I System invests nearly $2 million in arts and humanities

    Pop-up galleries, an Illinois writer’s festival, theater renovations and using virtual reality to teach performance are among the projects funded in a new, nearly $2 million initiative by the University of Illinois System aimed at emphasizing the impact and influence of the arts and humanities across Illinois.

  • Impact on Illinois: $17B

    U of I System impact: $17.5 billion annually on Illinois economy

    The University of Illinois System pumps $17.5 billion into the Illinois economy annually and supports 171,000 jobs – one in every 46 jobs across the state, according to a new economic impact study released today.

  • Tim Killeen headshot, Virtual Town Hall

    U of I System hosts Virtual Town Hall

    On May 13, 2020 the University of Illinois System hosted a tele-town hall for advocates and legislative staff. President Tim Killeen discussed the system's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and took live questions from callers.

  • Students at luncheon

    U of I System honors hundreds of top high school seniors

    The University of Illinois System honored hundreds of high-achieving high school seniors today during an annual event that promotes opportunities for Illinois students from traditionally underrepresented minority groups and geographic regions across the state.

  • U of I System and Hebrew University logos

    U of I System, Hebrew University launch second round of joint R&D teams

    The University of Illinois System and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem recently awarded funding to four new interdisciplinary research teams that will drive innovation and advance collaboration between the universities. The projects are the second round of a joint research and innovation seed grant program that began in 2019.

  • U of I System and Hebrew University logos

    U of I System, Hebrew University launch collaborative R&D teams

    The University of Illinois System and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem are launching four interdisciplinary research teams that will drive innovations and advance collaboration between the universities. The joint research and innovation seed grants program seeks to accelerate economic development through research and development of innovative technologies, and is among the first collaborations between the two universities since a 2019 partnership agreement.

  • UIUC campus and UIC campus

    U of I System has two universities in QS rankings of nation's best

    The University of Illinois System has two universities that are among the top 15 public institutions in the nation, according to a newly designed set of rankings highlighting institutions that best serve the needs of students and are effecting positive social and economic change, such as equitability and sustainability.

  • COVID-19 UPDATE from U of I System, with virus image

    U of I System guidelines outlined in response to COVID-19 pandemic

    University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen and the chancellors from the system's three universities issued new guidelines today for students, faculty, and staff amid the global COVID-19 pandemic.

  • U of I System freezes in-state tuition for fourth straight year

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees voted Thursday to freeze tuition for in-state freshmen next fall for the fourth straight year, extending an affordability initiative that seeks to help keep more talented students in Illinois for college.The freeze for the U of I System’s universities in Chicago, Springfield and Urbana-Champaign matches the longest consecutive freeze in more than four decades, since a four-year run of flat rates from 1974-1977.

  • U of I seal

    U of I System extends in-state tuition freeze

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a fifth-straight tuition freeze for in-state freshmen next fall, extending an affordability initiative that is now the longest run of back-to-back freezes in more than a half-century.

  • Spring 2019 UIC graduates

    U of I System expects degrees will top 22,000 for second straight year

    The University of Illinois System expects to award more than 22,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees for the second straight year, and continued enrollment growth could push degrees over 25,000 by 2026, President Tim Killeen announced today.

  • campuses of UIUC, UIC, and UIS

    U of I System excels in online program rankings

    Online programs at all three universities in the University of Illinois System have been recognized in the 2021 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs rankings.

  • composite photo of individuals at laptops

    U of I System Excels in Online Program Rankings

    Online programs at all three universities in the University of Illinois System have been recognized in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs rankings.

  • 90,000 students strong, books in background, U of I System logo

    U of I System enrollment tops 90,000 for first time

    Enrollment grew across the University of Illinois System this fall, topping 90,000 students for the first time and setting a record for the eighth straight year despite the pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic downturn it has spawned, President Tim Killeen announced today.

  • 85,600 students strong

    U of I System enrollment grows to nearly 85,600

    Total enrollment increased to nearly 85,600 students across the University of Illinois System this fall, up 2.7 percent and rising to a record high for the sixth straight year, President Tim Killeen announced today.

  • U of I System enrollment grows to more than 83,300

    Total enrollment increased 2.9 percent to more than 83,300 students across the University of Illinois System this fall, setting a record high for the fifth straight year, according to admissions data released Wednesday.

  • students in library

    U of I System creates new, $36 million financial aid fund

    The University of Illinois System has created a fund that will provide at least $36 million in new, targeted financial aid to help students who are facing increased need now and for the coming academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, President Tim Killeen announced today. 

  • 75% pie graph

    U of I System campaign progress soars to 75.7 percent toward goal

    The University of Illinois System and the University of Illinois Foundation announced today an impressive fundraising report for fiscal year 2019 with $462.9 million in new business, comprised of new gifts, grants, pledges, and deferred commitments.

  • A worker assists with hand sanitizer production at the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    U of I System assisting state in COVID-19 response

    The University of Illinois System is sharing expertise and resources from across its three universities and healthcare enterprise to support the state’s efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • U of I System announces plan to recruit exceptional faculty

    The University of Illinois System will embark on a three-year, $60 million initiative to recruit world-class faculty to its universities in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield, President Tim Killeen announced Thursday.

  • IIT campus

    U of I System and Illinois Tech announce new research partnership

    Illinois Institute of Technology signed an agreement Wednesday to partner in a new research center led by the University of Illinois System that will spark breakthrough discoveries, fueling economic growth of the state of Illinois and city of Chicago while nurturing and retaining next-generation talent.

  • U of I System administrative realignment enters final stage

    University of Illinois President Tim Killeen announced today that the three-university system is in the final stage of an administrative realignment to further downsize the central system offices and move certain functions to the campuses for greater efficiency and effectiveness.

  • U of I and IIS officials

    U of I System adds new academic, research partners in India

    The University of Illinois System signed agreements for new academic and research partnerships with seven of India’s top universities and research agencies during a weeklong visit to India by President Tim Killeen and a delegation of system and university officials.

  • Headshot compilation of 10 new faculty

    U of I System Adds 10 New World-Class Faculty

    The University of Illinois System is adding 10 world-class faculty to its universities, President Tim Killeen announced Thursday, the latest hires made through an initiative launched in 2018 to aggressively recruit more distinguished scholars and further enhance the system’s global standing as a leader in education and innovation.

  • U of I Strategic Alliances Day in Peoria held

    On August 30, University of Illinois President Tim Killeen and a delegation of senior administrators and deans from the U of I System's three universities gathered in Peoria for meetings with local alumni, state and federal lawmakers, and business and community leaders to explore new opportunities to build on existing partnerships and drive economic growth in the region. The day included roundtable discussions with top management at Caterpillar and OSF Healthcare and its Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center, as well as a debriefing session with the media.

  • U of I retreat to examine key higher education challenges

    Important academic and campus culture issues such as free speech and immigration that are currently facing higher education across the country will be explored during a retreat Wednesday hosted by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.

  • U of I recommends holding in-state freshman tuition flat

    For the third straight year, the University of Illinois System has proposed no increase in base tuition for in-state freshmen next fall – the longest consecutive freeze in tuition rates in 40 years.

    The proposed in-state tuition freeze for the System’s universities in Chicago, Springfield and Urbana-Champaign was reviewed Monday by the Board of Trustees’ Audit, Budget, Finance and Facilities Committee, and will be considered by the full board at its Jan. 19 meeting in Chicago.

  • U of I proposes $6.5 billion budget for fiscal 2018

    Day-to-day operating costs would remain nearly flat despite another year of record enrollment across the University of Illinois System under a proposed $6.5 billion budget for fiscal 2018 that was reviewed Monday by the Board of Trustees Audit, Budget, Finance and Facilities Committee.

  • Students study in the Main Stacks in Urbana-Champaign

    U of I, NIU, WIU and Governors State partner on recruiting effort

    About 175 high-achieving high school and community college students from across northwestern Illinois attended an event today hosted by six of the state’s public universities to keep talented students from the region in Illinois for college.