University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Photo Tour

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University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Photo Tour

Altgeld Hall and Alma Mater Statue at UIUC, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaigne
Altgeld Hall and Alma Mater Statue at UIUC, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaigne. Brian Holsclaw / Flickr

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a public, research university located about 2 hours outside of Chicago. Founded in 1867 by John Milton Gregory, this university is the second-oldest public university in Illinois, after Illinois State University. Gregory began this university with only 2 faculty members and 77 students.

The university now serves 32,281 undergraduates and 12,239 postgraduates. Students are able to choose from the 17 different colleges: College of Agricultural, College of Applied Health Sciences, Institute of Aviation, College of Business, College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Fine and Applied Arts, Division of General Studies, Graduate College, School of Labor and Employment Relations, College of Law, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, College of Media, College of medicine at Urbana-Champaign, School of Social Work, and the College of Veterinary Medicine. The university also offers online and continuing education as well as international programs and studies. Overall, the school offers more than 150 undergrad programs and 100 graduate programs. Its many strengths earned it a place on our list of the Top 10 Public Universities.

In the University’s south campus, a 10,000 pound, bronze statue portrays a woman with academic robes and open arms. The statue, named Alma Mater, was designed by alumni Lorado Taft. He created it to represent the University’s motto “Learning and Labor”.

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Residence Halls at UIUC

Residence Hall at UIUC, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Residence Hall at UIUC, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Dianne Yee / Flickr

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has 22 residence halls and 15 private certified residences on its campus. The undergraduate halls are Barton and Lundgren, Hopkins, Nugent, Weston, Bousfield, Scott, Snyder, and Taft Van-Doren. For graduate and professional students, UIUC offers two halls, Daniels and Sherman. All residential students have access to 6 campus dining halls, 12 restaurants, 24-hour computer centers, and complimentary cable/internet. Instead of randomly paired roommates, roommates are selected based on interests and living habits. Also, first-time students under the age of 21 must live in a campus residence.

The campus also holds fraternity/sorority housing. Around 23% of the undergrad population is affiliated with one of the 97 Greek chapters. While many chapters are traditional, some are culturally, religiously or professionally focused.

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Illini Union at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Illini Union, the Student Union at UIUC, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Illini Union, the Student Union at UIUC, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Lil Rose / Flickr

The Student Union, called the Illini Union, is a hub for student activities and dining. Located on the main quad, the union contains a food court, bookstore, computer lab, study spaces, rec room, art gallery, and LGBT resource center. The union also contains a hotel with 72 rooms and 2 VIP suites. The building was dedicated to the university in 1941 and built in cooperation with the University of Illinois Foundation.

The Illini Union is overseen by the Illini Union Board. The students of the IUB plan and organize the events in the Illini Union. They host everything from Friday Night films and comedy shows to Gays on Ice, an LGBT ice skating event. 

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Boneyard Creek at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne

Boneyard Creek at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne
Boneyard Creek at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne. Dianne Yee / Flickr

Boneyard Creek is a 3.9 mile creek that runs through Urbana and Champaign. The Creek flows into the Salt Fork River. In the 1980s, the creek caused flooding for many of the residents of Urbana-Champaign. So, UUIC partnered with the cities in order to improve the water shed.

Now, boneyard creek runs through the northern campus, next to the engineering school. The university’s chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery titles its newsletter, “Banks of the Boneyard”, after the creek.

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Boneyard Greenway at UIUC

Boneyard Greenway at UIUC
Boneyard Greenway at UIUC. Dianne Yee / Flickr

Opened in 2010, the boneyard greenway is a park and pathway located next to boneyard creek and Scott Park. The path was created soley for pedestrians and cyclists, so it is free from any car traffic. The greenway has a small fountain, an amphitheater, benches, and tables. It is located near many student dorms and Green Street, a street with many restaurants. The Boneyard greenway gives students a retreat from the chaos of campus life. 

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UIUC State Farm Center

UIUC State Farm Center
UIUC State Farm Center. GCT13 / Wikimedia Commons

Recognized on campus by its large dome shape, State Farm Center serves as a state-of-the-art basketball stadium for the Fighting Illini basketball teams. The complex holds more than 16,000 seats and is ranked in the top 25 nationally for home-game attendance. While the men’s team has been playing here since the construction in 1963, the women’s basketball program was established in 1981. The center offers players a prime court as well as locker rooms, a training room, and dining area. In 2005, the university installed a 1.7 million dollar video board in the center of the stadium. 

State Farm Center also holds Broadway musicals, comedy shows, concerts, and many other events. Artists such as Aerosmith, Kanye West, and Dave Chappelle, have performed in this diverse space. 

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Memorial Stadium at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

UIUC Memorial Stadium
UIUC Memorial Stadium. buba69 / Flickr

Memorial Stadium is the UIUC football stadium and home to the fighting Illini. Completed in 1923, the stadium is a memorial to the UIUC students who died in World War I. Their names are etched into the pillars surrounding the stadium. The stadium can seat more than 60,000 spectators. It also hosts the annual Marching Band Festival.  Sponsored by the Marching Illini, this is the largest high school marching band competition in Illinois.

The Fighting Illini football team represents UIUC in the Big Ten Conference and NCAA Division I. The Big Ten Conference is comprised of UIUC, Indiana University, University of Iowa, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University, Rutgers University, University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

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Bike Lanes at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Bike Lanes at UIUC
Bike Lanes at UIUC. Dianne Yee / Flickr

Through the efforts of UIUC’s Campus Bike Center and Transport Demand Management, bike lanes and parking run throughout UIUC’s campus. The Campus Bike Center in collaboration with the Bike Project of Urbana-Champaign continues to make UIUC safer and more empowering for bikers. Located in the Natural Resources Garage, the center offers classes on bicycle maintenance and safety for its members. They also sell tools, parts. and refurbished bicycles. The membership fee for students is 25 dollars or free with 8 hours of volunteer work. 

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UIUC Business and Economics Library

UIUC Business and Economics Library
UIUC Business and Economics Library. Dianne Yee / Flickr

The Business and Economics Library (BEL) holds 65,000 volumes and 12,000 periodical and serial titles in business, economics and other related fields. Students are also able to access almost all of these resources through the Library Gateway. Library Gateway is a database that allows students and faculty to search through the library’s resources. It is also holds a faculty directory.

The BEL mostly serves students from the College of Business at Illinois.  Between its 3 departments, Accountancy, Business Administration, and Finance, this college offers 8 undergrad programs, 10 MBA and masters programs, and 3 PhD programs. The college also offers other non-degree programs and research centers such as, the Illinois Business Consulting (IBC) program and the Vernon K. Zimmerman Center for International Accounting Education & Research (CIERA). The college currently serves around 2,800 undergraduates and 1,000 graduates.

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Natural Resources Building at UIUC

Natural Resources Building at UIUC
Natural Resources Building at UIUC. Vince Smith / Flickr

Located in South Campus, the Natural Resources Building resembles many of the manor houses built during the 17th and 18th century in Great Britain and the United States. It is home to the Illinois State Geological Survey and the Illinois Natural History Survey. Both of these programs are under the Prarie Research Institute, previously the Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability, at UIUC. The institute works to create objective information about Illinois’s natural resources.  Their findings are used by law makers to create sustainable environmental policies. Some of the board members are UIUC’s dean of the college of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES) and dean of the College of Engineering.

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Foreign Languages Building at UIUC

Foreign Languages Building at UIUC
Foreign Languages Building at UIUC. Dianne Yee / Flickr

The Foreign Language Building (FLB) serves the Department of Linguistics. The building was established in 1968, three years after the Department of Linguistics. A few blocks away from the FLB, one may find the Speech and Hearing Building, which is a two-story copy of the FLB.

The Department of Linguistics is a department within UIUC’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The department offers courses in many various languages as well as English as a second language and language pedagogy. Undergraduate students can pursue a major in Linguistics or Computer Science and Linguistics. Graduate students can enroll in programs that lead to a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (MATESL), Master of Arts in Linguistics, and Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics degrees. 

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Mathematics Library at University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Mathematics Library at University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
Mathematics Library at University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. Dianne Yee / Flickr

Located in Altgeld Hall, the Mathematics Library holds resources related to mathematics and statistics. The library has over 100,000 volumes and around 800 serials. It contains a collection of Russian Mathematical works, monograph collection, and math abstract database. While all students and faculty have access to the library, it primarily serves members of the Department of Mathematics and Department of Statistics.

Both the Department of Mathematics and Statistics are departments within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  Undergraduates in the Department of Mathematics can major in Mathematics, Actuarial Science, or Mathematics and Computer Science. Undergraduates in the Department of Statistics can achieve a degree in Statistics or Statistics and Computer Science. Both departments offer graduate and PhD programs. 

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Bardeen Engineering Quad at UIUC

Bardeen Engineering Quad at UIUC
Bardeen Engineering Quad at UIUC. LH Wong / Flickr

The John Bardeen Quad or Engineering Quad is home to the College of Engineering. The quad features various sculptures and paths for students to walk. Boneyard creek runs directly through the quad. John Bardeen, the quad’s namesake, was a professor of physics and electrical engineering. He won two nobel prizes, in 1956 for the creation of the transistor and in 1972 for a theory of conventional superconductivity (BCS Theory).

The College of Engineering at UIUC serves around 8,000 undergraduates and 3,000 graduate students. The college offers 12 departments with undergraduate and graduate degree programs in each: Aerospace Engineering, Agricultural & Biological Engineering, Bioengineering, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, Engineering Physics, and Nuclear, Plasma, Radiological Engineering. In 2015, the undergraduate program was ranked 6th in the America’s Best Colleges edition of U.S. News and World Report.

UIUC also made our list of the Top 10 Engineering Schools.

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Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at UIUC

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at UIUC
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at UIUC. Ron Frazier / Flickr

The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts is a performance and teaching facility at UIUC. The building holds 4 theaters: the Foellinger Great Hall, Tyron Festival Theatre, Colwell Playhouse, and Studio theatre. On the outside of the Krannert Center is an amphitheater for students to lounge in or perform. The center also has a bar and cafe. This diverse space hosts everything from wine-tasting event and student-produced one-acts to performance by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

This space is mostly utilized by the College of Fine and Applied Arts. The college offers undergraduate degrees in their 7 departments: Architecture, Art and Design, Dance, Landscape Architecture, Music, Theatre, and Urban and Regional Planning. Notable Alumni of this college include Life of Pi director Ang Lee, Parks and Recreation actor Nick Offerman, and Olympian Matthew Savoie.  

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Activities and Recreation Center at UIUC

Activities and Recreation Center at UIUC
Activities and Recreation Center at UIUC. Dianne Yee / Flickr

Located next to Memorial Stadium, the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) is UIUC’s largest fitness center. At 340,000 square feet, this facility contains a 35-ft climbing wall, two 50-meter swimming pools, a 35-person sauna, four gymnasiums, 12 racquetball courts, and an instructional kitchen. Students and members can take advantage of ARC’s various programs and classes. They offer personal training, physical therapy, professional massages, and healthy cooking classes. Also, many of the university’s club and intermural sports teams hold their practices here.

The membership fee for students is often included in their tuition. Faculty and Alumni are able to use the facility with a payment of a monthly fee. 

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Undergraduate Library at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Undergraduate Library at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
Undergraduate Library at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. Dianne Yee / Flickr

The Undergraduate Library, known as the Undergrad Library, offers a large array of books and periodicals, it also offers 200,000 volumes as well as a broader range of resources. Built into the University class program, the library hosts courses to train students in new research and computer technology. They also offer a writer’s workshop and career center.

The Undergrad Library also features a media commons space. The Space has a studio with a green screen, editing stations, and audio booths. Students can also check out electronic equipment such as cameras, gaming devices, projectors, various adapters and cables. 

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Temple Hoyne Buell Hall at UIUC

Temple Hoyne Buell Hall at UIUC
Temple Hoyne Buell Hall at UIUC. Dianne Yee / Flickr

Designed by Alum Ralph Johnson, Temple Hoyne Buell Hall mainly serves the Illinois School of Architecture. Located on the south quad, this 3-story building holds design studios, an auditorium, offices, and classrooms. In the center, there is an atrium with chairs and tables for students to work.

The building was named after UIUC alum and architect Temple Hoyne Buell. He is considered the father of the modern shopping mall. His designs put the shops in the middle with parking lots surrounding them.

The Illinois School of Architecture, a department within the College of Fine and Applied Art, was established in 1867. This school continues to supply students with a theoretical understanding of architecture as well as hands-on learning experiences. Some notable Alumni include: Dina Griffin, design collaborator with Renzo Piano on the Modern Wing at the Chicago Art Institute; Carol Ross Barney, designer of the Oklahoma City Federal Building; Charles Luckman and Willian Perrera, collaborators with Walt Disney and the creation of Disneyland. 

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Altgeld Hall at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Altgeld Hall at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
Altgeld Hall at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. University of Illinois Library / Flickr

Build in 1867, Altgeld Hall was originally UIUC’s Library. Then, from 1927 to 1955, it was home to the college of Law. Now, this Richardsonian-Romanesque style building serves the math and actuarial science departments.

The building is known by its bell tower, the University Chime. A gift of the 1914 and 1921 graduating classes, the bell tower contains 15 bells. The three largest bells are dedicated to past UIUC president, Dr. Edmund Janes James. Since the University Chimes installation in 1920, Altgeld hall has held bell concerts. These ten minute concerts occur every weekday as well as special University occasions.

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McFarland Memorial Bell Tower at UIUC

McFarland Memorial Bell Tower at UIUC
McFarland Memorial Bell Tower at UIUC. cantonstady / Flickr

McFarland Memorial Bell Tower is a 185-foot tower located on the south quad. The tower holds 49 bells and rings with the University Chimes at Altgeld hall. The bells are programmed by computer chips with 500 songs. School of Architect Alum, Richard McFarland, donated 1.5 million dollars to the completion of the bell tower. The tower is named after his late wife, Sarah “Sally” McFarland. After her death, Richard McFarland also set up two scholarships for students with a farming background.

In September 2008, a group of unknown students added an “Eye of Sauron” replica from the Lord of the Rings trilogy to the bell tower as a prank. 

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Foellinger Auditorium at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Foellinger Auditorium at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
Foellinger Auditorium at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. Vince Smith / Flickr

Located near the main quad, the Foellinger Auditorium is a large lecture hall and performance space. Designed by UIUC Alum Clarence H. Backall, the building covers 17,000 square feet. It is covered by a metal dome with a pineapple on top. The pineapple is a symbol of welcome to the auditorium’s students and guests. At its completion in 1907, the building was dedicated to composer Edward MacDowell. In 1985, it was rededicated to Helene Foellinger.

While half of of each day in the Auditorium is devoted to course lectures, the other half is open for student productions, guest lectures, and commercial performances. The Office of Management and Scheduling runs the auditorium and the 17,000 students who use it each week. 

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Krannert Art Museum at UIUC

Krannert Art Museum at UIUC
Krannert Art Museum at UIUC. Vince Smith / Flickr

The Krannert Art Museum (KAM) and Kinkead Pavilion is the second largest fine art museum in Illinois and cares for the University’s art collection. Opened in 1961, the museum’s 10 permanent galleries feature art from all over the world. It also presents 12 to 15 changing exhibits each year. The museum also offers school tours, teacher workshops, and elementary through high school classes. Located within the museum is the Giertz Education Center; the center is a free lending library that holds art books, replicas, teacher manuals and videos. Students and Community members can volunteer at KAM through the Museums in Action and Kids@Krannert programs.

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President's House at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

President's House at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
President's House at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. stantoncady / Flickr

Completed in 1931, the UIUC President’s House has been the official home of every University president since Harry Woodburn Chase. The 14,000 square foot Georgian Revival home also acts as a residence for visiting dignitaries, alumni, and community groups. Located next to the Japan house and Arboretum, the home has a view of lots of gardens. In 2001, the university added a brick patio next to the Miles C. Harvey Selection Garden. The patio and garden offer an outdoor space for the president to hosts events or for guests to enjoy. 

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UIUC Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Library

UIUC Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Library
UIUC Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Library. Ken Lund / Flickr

The ACES (Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Library is located in the center of the College of ACES campus. The ACES Library holds a variety of academic resources as well as a conference center and multiple conference rooms, the ACES Alumni Association, Exhibits on exotic plants, and the Academic Computing Facility. Various conference rooms also offer different amenities such as video conferencing, standing microphones, or presentation equipment. Students and Community members have access to 5,000 square feet of rentable space. They also have access to printers, photocopiers, and computers.

The College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences focuses on agriculture-related sciences. Its facilities are mainly located on South Campus and include: Turner Hall, Animal Sciences Laboratory, Madican Laboratory, Agriculture Engineering Sciences Building, Mumford Hall, and Bevier Hall. Undergraduate students and Graduate Students can study in any of the 8 departments: Agriculture and Biological Engineering, Agriculture and Consumer Economics, Animal Sciences, Crop Sciences, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Human and Community Development, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, and Division of Nutritional Sciences. 

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University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Main Quad

Main Quad at the Univeristy of Illinois Urbana Champaign
Main Quad at the Univeristy of Illinois Urbana Champaign. Benjamin Esham / Flickr

The Main Quad at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is a large grassy area in the center of campus. It offers a space for students to play sports, relax, or take a walk before class. On either side of the main quad are the Illini Union and Foellinger Auditorium. On top of the Foellinger Auditorium is a camera that live streams the quad. Community members can watch the video of the quad on the UIUC website. UIUC also has live streams of the State Farm Center, Blue Waters supercomputer, Electrical and Computer Engineering Building, Newmark Structural Engineering Laboratory, and Ven Te Chow Hydrosystems Laboratory.

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