We pride ourselves on having a diverse student population. In our fall 2015 entering cohort of students, over 50% are in the top decile, 17% identified as underrepresented students, 20.5% first generation students. Campus-wide, we have a record 3,151 new international students and 1640 students registered to receive academic support services from Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES). Located on our campus website is our promise “to provide our undergraduate students with truly transformative education experiences. Whether these experiences take place in the classroom, in the surrounding community or around the globe, our students leave this campus with the skills, knowledge and the drive to become leaders in their fields and to lead lives of impact in the world."
Our campus is committed to creating a learning and working environment that is welcoming, inclusive, and affirming, as evidenced by Illinois being recognized by Insight Into Diversity magazine as a recipient of their 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award for the fourth year in a row. Our campus strives to maximize teaching and learning opportunities in which we can bring out the best in our students.