You are here

Noteworthy at Illinois: Bike at Illinois mention

Posted by Sarthak Prasad on September 12, 2023



Welcome to a new year at Illinois


We've opened our semester with all the energy and excitement a new academic year deserves. By watching this short video, you'll see we are already meeting plenty of new faces.

I am so grateful to have you as part of our Illinois family. Because, as we all know, the best parts of any new journey are the people who share it with you.

Robert J. Jones, Chancellor

Chancellor Jones



students at memorial stadium

Meet the Illinois family


The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign welcomed a record-breaking class of students for the 2023-24 academic year. Representing excellence at scale, the total student enrollment is 56,403.

By the numbers:

  • 8,325 new freshmen
  • 74% in-state students, the largest number since 2006
  • 22% from underrepresented groups
  • 24% first-generation college students
  • 6,304 new graduate students, one of the largest group of new graduate students in history
  • 32% increase in new certificate students


foellinger auditorium

Explore our university


Discovering our campus: A new academic year means new opportunities to explore.

Experiencing game day: Illinois returns to Memorial Stadium for its Big Ten opener against Penn State on Saturday. 

Visiting the Illini Union: A new exhibition at the Illini Union Art Gallery is featuring photographs of artwork from the Mexican Muralism movement. 

Watching live performance: Krannert Center for the Performing Arts showcases national and international artists as well as university student performances in music, theater, dance and more. 

Exploring Krannert Art Museum: The university is home to the second-largest general fine art museum in the state. 

Biking at Illinois: Illinois is a leader in sustainability and active transportation. Celebrate C-U Bike Month during September.



orange fountain

Get ready for Illinois Homecoming


It's one of the best weeks of the year. Whether you’ve lived here for years or are returning for the first time, Illinois Homecoming is the perfect time to explore our university community.

Mark your calendars for Oct. 15-21, with more details coming soon.



student with research project

Discover Illinois innovation


Inspiring discovery: In 30 seconds, watch how Illinois is a world-class leader in research, teaching and public engagement. 

Seeing humanities in action: Undergraduate humanities scholars are pursuing community engagement opportunities within the Champaign-Urbana community.

Bringing cells to life: Researchers, policymakers and Minecraft players can look forward to the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology’s newest research center. 

Leading autonomous construction: The university will be the site of a new research center focused on the most pressing questions related to autonomous construction technologies.

Propelling ag education: Illinois will collaborate with six community college agricultural technology programs to design and conduct a course and internship program for students.  



alma mater statue

Stay connected with Illinois 


Missing campus: Watch live from the Main Quad or at the Alma Mater statue.

Following news at Illinois: Stay up-to-date on the latest Illinois news.

Applying to Illinois: Know an aspiring Illini? Applications for admission are now open.