University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has long ranked among the nation's most distinguished teaching and research institutions. Its diverse, world-class programs reflect the mission of a land-grant university. The largest public university in Illinois, the U. of I. campus was chartered by the state in 1867 as the Illinois Industrial University and opened its doors to students in 1868. Eleven colleges, eight schools and more than 150 centers and institutes offer 4,000 courses and 150 programs of study to more than 40,000 students. More than 80 centers, laboratories and institutes perform research for federal and state agencies, private industry and other campus units.